This year marks the 40th anniversary of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. And how are we going to celebrate? Oh, you know, BBC America is going to premiere a brand-new two-hour gala performance of the musical, The Rocky Horror Show, from the stage of London’s Playhouse Theatre on Saturday, October 17 at midnight (any other time would just be silly). You can look forward to original show creator Richard O’Brien narrating and Stephen Fry, Anthony Head, Adrian Edmondson, Mel Giedroyc and Emma Bunton acting as guest narrators.
Let’s get ready for the new Rocky by revisiting with some of the original cast members:
1. Tim Curry (Dr. Frank N. Furter)
Tim Curry took on the role of crazed scientist Dr. Frank N. Furter, rocking fishnets and a garter belt. Curry has recently leant his voice to a number of TV series including Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2012-2014), Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja (2012-2014), Young Justice (2012-2013), and Transformers: Rescue Bots (2012). You may have spotted the British actor in 2010, starring in two episodes of the CBS series Criminal Minds. He portrayed Billy Flynn, a serial killer. Curry suffered a stroke in 2012, but he’s on the mend, having just attended the 2015 Tony Awards to accept the honor of a Lifetime Achievement Award.
2. Susan Sarandon (Janet Weiss)
Susan Sarandon, the damsel in distress Janet, starred opposite Melissa McCarthy in 2014’s film Tammy, revolving around the dynamic of their mother/daughter relationship. Also in 2014, Sarandon took on the role of a detective in the thriller The Calling. In 2015 she starred in the Lifetime miniseries The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe as Gladys Mortenson, Marilyn’s mother. She’s currently working on the 2016 release Mothers Day, also starring Christina Ricci, Courteney Cox, and Sharon Stone. If you think the title looks wonky, this may have something to do with the missing apostrophe.
3. Barry Bostwick (Brad Majors)
In the Rocky Horror film, Barry Bostwick took on the role of doting boyfriend Brad Majors. You may remember Bostwick as the good-hearted but slightly clueless mayor from the political sitcom Spin City, starring opposite Michael J. Fox (1996-2002). Speeding up to more current roles, you may have spotted Bostwick in two episodes of Scandal in 2013. Also in 2013, he appeared in Masters of Sex and Psych. He was a regular on the sitcom Cougar Town from 2010 to 2014. In 2015 he made a guest appearance in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. He’s set to star in the 2016 film Range 15, opposite William Shatner.