Fox will do a live production of Johnathan Larson’s Rent and has a cast filled with talented singers.
The cast will include Vanessa Hudgens, Tinashe, Kiersey Clemons, Brandon Victor Dixon, Jordan Fisher, Brennin Hunt, Valentina, and Grammy award winner Mario.
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Hudgens’ character, Maureen Johnson, is an outgoing performance artist. Clemons’ character Joanne Jefferson will be playing her Ivy League-educated lawyer fiancé. Dixon’s character Tom Collins is a computer scientist who returns to New York after being expelled from MIT. Playing Angel Dumont, a young drag who embraces life is Valentina.
Actor and singer Jordan Fisher’s character is Mark Cohen, who is an aspiring filmmaker filming his friends. Hunt will be playing Roger Davis, Mark’s roommate and best friend who is also a struggling musician.
Playing Mimi Marquez, a dancer who struggles with addiction is the singer and dancer Tinashe. The role of Benny Coffin III, the former roommate of Mark and Roger and now landlord, will be played by Mario.
The musical Rent is loosely based on La Boheme, a story that tells the story of a group of young struggling artists trying to survive and create a life in New York during the time of the HIV/AIDS crisis. Larson’s original 1996 Broadway production of Rent is a rock musical that won 4 Tony awards. The awards included best musical, best book for a musical, best original score, and best performance by a featured actor in a musical. In addition, the play was adapted into a film in 2005.
The live musical, Rent Live, will air Jan. 27, 2019 at 7 p.m. ET on Fox.