Bust out your Doc Martens and flannel shirts, because the latest musical to get the live television treatment has just been announced. Hello, flashback to the musical anthem of the ’90s—the new RENT musical on Fox is set to premiere in 2019 and we are so ready for it!
FOX just released its full cast for RENT Live and there are some familiar faces. Singer-songwriter Jordan Fisher (Hamilton) will star as Mark, the aspiring filmmaker and narrator of the story. His musician and recovering addict roommate Roger will be played by Brennin Hunt (Nashville). Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical) will star as Maureen, a performance artist and the role originally played by Idina Menzel (a.k.a. Elsa).
Rounding out the massive cast are singer Tinashe playing Mimi Marquez, RuPaul’s Drag Race’s Valentina playing Angel Dumont Schunard, Jesus Christ Superstar Live’s Brandon Victor Dixon playing Tom Collins and R&B artist and Empire actor Mario as Benjamin Coffin III. Keala Settle (The Greatest Showman) will perform the iconic song “Seasons of Love.”
RENT, a Tony-winning musical by Jonathan Larsen, set in 1990s Manhattan, about struggling artists and the HIV/AIDS epidemic, was loosely based on Giacomo Puccini’s opera La Bohème. The original Broadway production debuted in 1996 and ran for over a decade with the final Broadway performance in 2008. It was also adapted into a motion picture, directed by Chris Columbus in 2005.
Don’t worry—you won’t have to wait 525,600 minutes (yeah, we had to go there) to see the newest version RENT, as it’s set to air on FOX on Jan. 27, 2019.
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