Stage Great Ben Vereen Joins the Cast of Fox's ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW!
Fox's THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW has found its Dr. Everett Scott.
Vereen joins previously announced cast members Laverne Cox (Dr. Frank-N-Furter, "Orange is the New Black"), Victoria Justice (Janet, "Victorious"), Ryan McCartan (Brad, "Liv & Maddie," "Heathers: the Musical"), Adam Lambert (Eddie, "Glee"), Tony winner Annaleigh Ashford (Columbia), Christina Milian (Magenta), Reeve Carney (Riff Raff, "Penny Dreadful," "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark"), Staz Nair (Rocky, "Game of Thrones") and Tim Curry, the original Frank-N-Furter, who returns as the show's Criminologist Narrator.THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW follows sweethearts Janet (Justice) and Brad (McCartan), who stumble upon Dr. Frank-N-Furter's (Cox) bizarre abode. Frank-N-Furter, a sexually ambiguous, flirtatious alien
mad-scientist - with the help of his faithful servants, Riff Raff (Carney) and Magenta - is holding an annual, Transylvanian Science convention to showcase the birth of "Rocky Horror" (Nair) - a fit, attractive man created solely to fulfill Frank's desires. Executive-produced by Lou Adler (Grammy Award winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee), Gail Berman(TV, film and Broadway producer) and Kenny Ortega ("High School Musical" franchise, "This Is It," "Descendants," "Hocus Pocus," "Newsies"), THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW is a reimagining of the cult classic, which is celebrating 40 years of theatrical distribution - longer than any other film in history. One of the most popular films of all time, it still plays in movie theaters around the world. THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW is from FOX 21 Television Studios and The Jackal Group. Lou Adler andGail Berman, along with Kenny Ortega, will serve as executive producers. Emmy Award winner Ortega will also direct and choreograph.
Ben recently co-starred with Richard Gere in Time Out Of Mind, which opened last fall to rave reviews, with Rolling Stone raving that his role was "played with grit and grace." He will be the keynote speaker this January at APAP and is opening the first ever BroadwayCon convention. A Tony and Drama Desk Award winner for his renowned performance in Bob Fosse's Pippin, Mr. Vereen's Broadway credits include Wicked, I'm Not Rappaport, Chicago, Hair, Fosse, Jelly's Last Jam, Jesus Christ Superstar, and A Christmas Carol. In 2010, Ben completed a successful run in the world premiere of Fetch Clay, Make Man, directed by Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys) at the McCarter Theatre. Film: Idlewild, All That Jazz, Sweet Charity, Funny Lady (Golden Globe nomination), Why Do Fools Fall in Love, Once Upon a Forest. Television: The legendary television miniseries Roots, How I Met Your Mother (recurring), Grey's Anatomy (Prism Award), Tyler Perry's House of Payne, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Hallmark's An Accidental Friendship (NAACP nomination), Tenspeed and Brown Shoe, Louis Armstrong - Chicago Style, Ellis Island (Golden Globe Nomination), Anne Rice's Feast of All Saints, Zoobilee Zoo, and Star Trek: The Next Generation. He recently co-starred in Paramount Studios' Top Five with Chris Rock.