Earlier today FOX confirmed the full cast for the upcoming live musical event “Rent,” which is set to air on January 27th on the network. Actress Kiersey Clemons (“Hearts Beat Loud”), Emmy nominee and Tony Award winner Brandon Victor Dixon (“Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert”), singer/songwriter Jordan Fisher (“Hamilton,” 2017 winner of “Dancing with the Stars”), actress and singer Vanessa Hudgens (“Second Act,” “Grease: Live”), newcomer and singer/songwriter Brennin Hunt (“Nashville”), R&B/Pop superstar Mario (EMPIRE), recording artist Tinashe (“Dancing with the Stars”) and performer Valentina (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”) are set to star in the highly anticipated live musical event. Additionally, Keala Settle will perform the iconic solo from “Seasons of Love” and join the ensemble in the live musical. “Rent” originally was produced in New York by New York Theatre Workshop and on Broadway by Jeffrey Seller, Kevin McCollum, Allan S. Gordon and New York Theatre Workshop.
The popular Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning musical is a re-imagining of Puccini’s “La Bohème,” and set in New York City’s East Village. “Rent” tells the story of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams during a time of great social and political turmoil. Winner of four Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize, writer/composer Jonathan Larson’s tour de force continues to offer an inspiring message of hope and friendship.
The television adaptation will be broadcast from Fox Studios in Los Angeles. Film, television and theater producer Marc Platt (“Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert,” “Grease: Live,” “La La Land,” “Wicked”), along with the estate of writer/composer Jonathan Larson, will executive-produce the event. Tony Award-nominated director Michael Greif (“Dear Evan Hansen,” “Rent”), who directed the original New York Theatre Workshop and Broadway productions of “Rent,” is the director overseeing the stage direction; and Alex Rudzinski (“Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert,” “Grease: Live,” “Dancing with the Stars”) will serve as the live television director.
In addition to Greif, creative team members from the original Broadway production of “Rent” returning for the television adaptation include Emmy Award-winning casting director Bernie Telsey and costume designer Angela Wendt. Additional creative team members include Obie Award winner Kristoffer Diaz writing the adaptation for television, Emmy Award winner Al Gurdon as lighting designer, Tony Award and Grammy Award winner Stephen Oremus as music director and producer, Jason Sherwood as set designer and two-time Emmy Award nominee Sonya Tayeh as choreographer.
It may have been a while since you’ve seen the production, so we can help you remember the characters. Kiersey Clemons is playing Joanne, Maureen’s girlfriend and an Ivy League-educated lawyer; Brandon Victor Dixon is playing Tom, the computer scientist who returns to New York after being expelled from MIT; Jordan Fisher is Mark, an aspiring filmmaker, who serves as the show’s narrator, while filming the lives of his friends; Vanessa Hudgens is Maureen, the outgoing performance artist who’s not afraid to take on the establishment; Brennin Hunt is Roger, a struggling musician and Mark’s roommate and best friend; and Mario is Benjamin, Mark and Roger’s former roommate-turned-landlord, who is after their rent. Other cast members include Tinashe as Mimi, the dancer who struggles with addiction, and Valentina as Angel, a young drag queen and street percussionist who embraces life and lives it to its fullest.