Newswire: Laverne Cox sexes up “Sweet Transvestite” for Fox’s Rocky Horror remake
When it comes to performing the songs in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, actual vocal ability matters less than how well you can sell the material. And while we can’t fully evaluate Laverne Cox’s performance of “Sweet Transvestite” without seeing her do that Frank-N-Furter strut, we now have audio for some snap judgments on Fox’s reinterpretation of the classic, due out next week:
Cox lives in a winking vibrato throughout most of the number, and is not mimicking Tim Curry—who will show up in the reboot as The Criminologist. Case in point: the ways she delivers that drawn out “anticipation.” She hits the “—pation” hard.
It’s a little more obvious than Curry’s slinky whisper, but it’s also more bold. Most of all she’s having fun, which is what she’s going for. “I love that as an artist, I get to be …