October 26th, 2010
03:45 PM ET
[Editor's Note: If you're extra sensitive to spoilers, stop reading now.]
What will happen when a cult classic collides with a part of the zeitgeist?
Viewers will find out on Tuesday night when “Glee” takes on the “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” as a theme. Gleeks are all abuzz about the episode, timed to make the most of the Halloween season.
So how, exactly, is that going to work given the risqué content of “Rocky Horror”? Not that “Glee” hasn’t been known to push the boundaries a bit (like having two female cheerleading characters in bed exchanging “sweet lady kisses,” or having another student get caught pleasuring himself), but the film classic is a bit more out there.
The episode’s director, Adam Shankman, recently told TV Guide that he was brought in to tone things down a bit.
"Everything I touch turns 'family,' no matter how risqué it is," he said.
And there are a few changes in the “Glee” version. For instance (spoiler alert!), Frank-N-Furter is no longer a transvestite, but played by female glee club member Mercedes.
Shankman added that the number "Touch A Touch A Touch A Touch Me," which in the movie is portrayed by an underdressed Susan Sarandon, gets reworked into a number with teachers Emma and Will. The director said the song takes on a different resonance because "Emma this season is exploring her boundaries, so there's context."
Plus, "I'm not staging it with his hands on her boobs,” he said. “She's not in a bra. It becomes fine."
Reportedly one of the show’s major plot points will be whether a high school should mount a production of “Rocky Horror.” What do you think? Will “Glee” do “Rocky Horror” justice? Let us know in the comments or submit an iReport.
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