The Rocky Horror Show started out initially as a stage musical in the beginning of the 1970s in London. It starred Tim Curry, who was an outer-space alien named Frank N. Furter, who was dressed in an eccentric manner. According to a self-description, he was a “sweet transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania”. Richard O’Brien was the composer of the play and of the music, and he also played the hunchbacked assistant Riff Raff. Their roles was acted out again in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, a movie made in 1975.
Despite being quite an irreverent musical, Fox network apparently chose to remain faithful to the original play. It is great that at times they manage to include some audience-participation points, such as the moment when they show a theater audience looking at the same movie you are seeing. Moreover, the company is paying a tribute to Curry, the original star of the show, through making him play out the narrator of this remake.
But why did they bother to remake this production? Lou Adler, who produced both versions, says there are 2 reasons. The first one is that they want to show the musical production to a completely new audience and generation. The second would be that they had to give the role to a new star which would make it more dynamic and more relevant for our times.
However, it is interesting to see whether such a story will appeal to the younger public. Nowadays, teenagers and young adults seem to prefer more the Disney type of series, such as High School Musical, which might mean that they won’t be attracted to this TV remake.
At the same time, fans of the original version have big chances of showing up, most likely out of curiosity to see the remake and presumably they will have a great experience!