Annaleigh Ashford (Sylvia, Masters Of Sex) is joining the cast of Fox’s TV remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show which will bow in the fall. She’ll play Columbia, the castle’s feisty live-in groupie played by Nell Campbell in 20th Century Fox’s 1975 cult classic. Production on the two-hour event special begins next month.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show follows sweethearts Janet Weiss (Victoria Justice) and Brad Majors (Ryan McCartan), who stumble upon the bizarre abode of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Laverne Cox), a sexually ambiguous, flirtatious alien mad scientist. She is holding an annual Transylvanian science convention to showcase the birth of “Rocky Horror” – a fit, attractive man (Staz Nair) created solely to fulfill Frank’s desires.
Other previously announced cast include Adam Lambert (Eddie); Reeve Carney (Riff Raff); and Tim Curry, the original Frank-N-Furter, who returns as the show’s Criminologist Narrator.
Ashford is best known for her stage work, having won a Tony, a Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics’ Circle Award for her portrayal of Essie Carmichael in the Broadway revival of Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman’s You Can’t Take It With You. She received her first Tony nomination for the role of Lauren in Kinky Boots. She most recently starred in the title role of the revival of playwright A.R. Gurney’s Sylvia, opposite Matthew Broderick. On the TV side, Ashford is set to reprise her role as Betty DiMello on Showtime’s Masters Of Sex. She made her film debut in Sex And The City: The Movie and will next be seen in indie feature Franny.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is from Fox 21 Television Studios and The Jackal Group. Lou Adler and Gail Berman, along with Kenny Ortega, will serve as executive producers.
Ashford is repped by ICM Partners, Beth Rosner Management and Shreck Rose.