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10/14/2016 ashley 0 Comment(s) Interview, News

Reeve recently sat down and talked with Playbill.com about which up and coming actor he thinks we should be watching as well as his favorite theatre experiences.

 


Reeve Carney, who created the title role in Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, will be seen later this month in the eagerly awaited Fox TV broadcast of The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again, a two-hour musical event and re-imagining of the classic 1975 cult film. Carney is cast as Riff Raff in the October 20 broadcast, which also boasts Laverne Cox, Tim Curry, Victoria Justice, Ryan McCartan, Christina Milian, Annaleigh Ashford, Adam Lambert, Staz Nair, Ben Vereen and Ivy Levan.

Here, the singing actor recalls the theatrical performances that most affected him as part of the audience.

 

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As many would probably say, Mark is one of the greatest actors of our time. A true pleasure to watch him do it live, just a stone’s throw away.

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10/14/2016 ashley 0 Comment(s) Interview, Movies, Rocky Horror Picture Show

Reeve recently talked with Out Magazine about his role as Riff Raff in Fox’s adaptation of Rocky Horror.

Reeve Carney is a modern-day Renaissance man. Starting on Broadway as Peter Parker in Spiderman: Turn of the Dark, Carney has since gone on to star on Showtime’s Penny Dreadful as Dorian Gray, all the while enjoying moderate success with his indie band, Carney. Now, Carney is starring in FOX’s Rocky Horror Picture Show remake as the evil butler, Riff Raff, alongside Laverne Cox’s highly anticipated Dr. Frank-N-Furter. He’s also kicking off his solo career with an album, “Youth is Wasted,” set to be released in the coming weeks.

Reeve told Out about his role in Rocky Horror, also starring former Nickelodeon and Disney actors Victoria Justice and Ryan McCartan, Christina Milian, and returning cast member Tim Curry.

On playing the villain:

“One thing that’s exciting for me was the chance to play a character [Riff Raff] that was I felt as far away from Dorian as you could get…I liked the idea that they were quite different. Truly for me it’s just a matter of having the opportunity to play as varied—as widely varied roles as possible. There’s a clown aspect to the character of Riff Raff that I haven’t yet had the opportunity to explore, so for me it was a total blast to be able to investigate that side of myself and try to bring those things out in a character.”

On the Rocky Horror fanbase:

“There’s so much love within the cast and the creative team for the original and I hope that that’s apparent on screen.  So I would say for the fans of the original, I hope that that love comes across, because in no way are we trying to replace the original. We’re trying to bring more people into the Rocky Horror family.”

On appealing to a younger demographic:

“I think this is a good opportunity to bring a greater awareness to the beautiful story that is the Rocky Horror Picture Show, even though it’s guised in this sort-of ‘camp grotesque two hours of sort-of like an acid trip slash fun extravaganza.’ I think that our version is something that will appeal to a younger demographic… thankfully, we live in a time in which people are largely more able to more freely be who they want to be and who they were born to be, and so I’m really grateful to be living in a time of such freedom, but I think that it doesn’t make the ‘don’t dream it, [be it]’ message any less potent.”
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10/09/2016 ashley 0 Comment(s) Interview, Movies, Rocky Horror Picture Show

Popsugar.com sat down with Reeve, Victoria Justice (Janet) & Ryan McCartan (Brad) to talk about their favorites, and working on the upcoming Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again. Read the interview below.

 

POPSUGAR: How does Fox plan to make this adaptation its own?

Reeve Carney: It’s obviously something where you want it to feel like it is both timeless and exists in 2016 as something new. So, it has that look overall. We just wanted to honor the original and try to make it our own in some ways.
Victoria Justice: The script is the same, but visually, it’s very different. It’s much more colorful and the costumes are very different, especially for Dr. Frank-N-Furter, but they’re fabulous.
Ryan McCartan: It’s the same script, so textually, all of that stuff is there. The Rocky Horror Picture Show is still intact, but it is 41 years later. Not only has technology advanced a lot, but we’re fortunate enough to have a much bigger budget than the original had. So, stylistically, the nuances are going to be pretty obvious there. I think tonally, we as actors just wanted to take the adventure and make it our own. In the original movie, it kind of seems like Brad and Janet barely escape the castle, and in our rendition, we play with the idea that maybe Brad didn’t want to leave.

PS: Will there be any sort of censorship since it will be on TV?

RC: They’ve been really creative with some of the sensuality of the original and how to present that in a way that won’t raise red flags. I think [“Toucha, Toucha, Toucha, Touch Me”] is a great example of that. It’s something that an 8-year-old could watch and take the things that they want to take away from it as opposed to some of the suggestive elements.
VJ: Not really. I don’t think there is anything that inappropriate going on. I think it’s more left up to your imagination. For those that aren’t familiar with Rocky Horror, it’s definitely not your mainstream musical, it’s very different and weird, but I think that’s what makes it so awesome. It’s embracing the different and the weird and the things that make you an individual.

PS: What was your favorite number to perform?

RC: For me, I think when Riff Raff sings Dr. Frank-N-Furter, it’s all over [in “Wild and Untamed Thing”] at the end. I got to use more of my range and it was really fun.
VJ: I mean, doing [“Toucha, Toucha, Toucha, Touch Me”] was amazing. It’s such an iconic moment, so I really loved doing that.
RM: “Dammit, Janet.” I love that song. It’s such a jam. That’s one of the crazy things about that The Rocky Horror Picture Show, is that 41 years later, the music is still really catchy. Victoria’s version of [“Toucha, Toucha, Toucha, Touch Me”] is a pop smash. Like, if Miley Cyrus dropped that tomorrow, I would be like “Yes!” It might as well be written five years ago because it still stands the test of time.

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08/18/2016 ashley 0 Comment(s) Interview

Broadwayworld.com‘s Kevin Pollack sat down for an exclusive conversation with Reeve Carney after his show at SPACE in Evanston, August 16th. During the interview, Carney discusses his new music, his upcoming performance as ‘Riff Raff’ in FOX’s ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW and his plans to make a return to Broadway in the near future.

Reeve Carney recently starred as “DorIan Gray” in the hit cable series “Penny Dreadful.” Handpicked by director Julie Taymor, Carney originated the role of “Peter Parker/Spider-Man” in the Broadway production of SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK.

He also fronts the rock band Carney, whose debut album, “Mr. Green Vol. 1,” is out on DAS Label/Interscope. His debut solo album, “Truth,” will be released this October.

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW debuts on FOX on October 20th. The cast includes Laverne Cox (Dr. Frank-N-Furter, “Orange is the New Black”), Victoria Justice (Janet, “Victorious”), Adam Lambert (Eddie, “American Idol,) Ryan McCartan (Brad, “Liv & Maddie,” “Heathers the Musical”), Reeve Carney (Riff Raff, “Penny Dreadful,” “Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark”) and Staz Nair (Rocky, “Game of Thrones”).

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.

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.