The Rocky Horror Picture Show is the next musical event coming to your TV screens.
The all-star cast reimagines the 1975 movie with Victoria Justice as Janet, Disney's Ryan McCartan as Brad and Laverne Cox as Dr. Frank-N-Furter. While it won't be live, Fox is hoping to follow up the critical and commercial success it had with Grease Live! earlier this year.
The cast of the musical and executive producers answered the press' burning questions during their panel at the Television Critics Association fall previews on Monday and TVGuide.com was there to get all the scoop. Check them out below.
1. How will the live audience aspect be handled?: The callbacks that make Rocky Horror such a cult classic will be incorporated into the Fox film via a theater audience of fans that touches back to the action of the story. The concept was integrated into the revival from the very start, according to executive producer Lou Adler. "It was there from the beginning," he said. "We wanted to celebrate the fans with the departure."
2. Why is there no live singing?: Every actor in the new Rocky Horror sings every note their character sings on screen, but the movie wasn't filmed with live singing. Director Kenny Ortega says it was to save time in editing, but he promises there's still some magic of a live performance. "We never knew what was going to happen on any given day," he said. "For all that we rehearsed, there was still so much spontaneity."
3. What was Lou Adler's first reaction to remaking it?: "It sounds a little corny, but I waited for basically the fans to tell us what to do next. We started doing this television idea quite a while ago and it just wasn't the right time," Adler said. "Then Tim [Curry] came along and validated it by wanting to be in it and Kenny came along to direct it to another place."
4. How does Tim Curry feel about this?: Curry has a role in the revival as the Narrator, but it's not the one he originally wanted. He quipped that he originally offered to play Dr. Everett Scott because "I'm already in a wheelchair."
5. Why remake the movie with another movie instead of a live special?: Justice explained that she's most excited that the musical event will be able to introduce the cult classic to a new generation of fans. "It's really cool to introduce Rocky Horror Picture Show to a brand new generation that probably wouldn't be exposed to it otherwise. ... Now a whole new generation is going to be able to sing along to 'The Time Warp,'" she said. "They're going to be able to be familiar with these characters who can inspire them in a lot of different ways. We have a transgender, amazing, talented woman playing Dr. Frank-N-Furter is a real reflection of where we are now as a society. "
6. Why was Laverne Cox the perfect fit for Dr. Frank-N-Furter?: It's hard to imagine anyone filling Curry's iconic high heels, but Ortega is adamant that Laverne Cox is a force to be reckoned in the revival. "She's a force, a five-octave range, a degree in dance from a major university, acting her heart out in New York and studying for over 15 years, walking into the room and making us all realize there was no B plan," he said. "She had so much to give to it: a life experience, a depth of talent, an enthusiasm and an incredible respect for this film. She was just an absolute joy. We knew it from the beginning that this person that gave us a reason to make this movie, again."
7. Was there more to Cox's casting?: Asked point blank by a reporter if Cox being a transgender woman had anything to do with her casting as "Sweet Transvestite" Dr. Frank-N-Furter, producers stressed that the character is an alien, not a transvestite, and to add such labels is missing the entire point of Rocky Horror. "Tim is not a transvestite, and nor is Laverne. They are both incredible, iconic actors that have achieved an incredible amount beyond these roles in their careers," Ortega explained. "That's really what we were looking for. We were looking for the right actor that could breathe life and fun into this, to liberate this character and play with the transformation of this wonderful story."
8. How did Victoria Justice get the role of Janet?: Justice's agent mentioned in passing that Fox was doing a revival of Rocky Horror and she demanded a chance to get in the room to audition, having been a fan for years. "I got to read in a room with some oily men auditioning for Rocky and sing 'Touch Me,' which is a really a dream come true and here I am today," she gushed.
9. How did Reeve Carney find his own version of Riff Raff?: When trying to come up with the new incarnation of Riff Raff, Carney tried to watch what inspired Richard O'Brien in the original incarnation of the role — which means a lot of B-horror movies.
10. How were the heels for Riff Raff?:Carney loved the heels he had to wear for Riff Raff. The rest of the cast confirmed that he never took them off, even for lunch.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show premieres Oct. 20 at 8/7c on Fox.