Take a look behind the scenes of the upcoming FOX musical, Rent. The live musical production of the Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical will air on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019 (7:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed).
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 FOX musical event. Additionally, Keala Settle will perform the iconic solo from “Seasons of Love” and join the ensemble in the live musical.
Kiersey Clemons plays Joanne Jefferson, Maureen’s girlfriend and an Ivy League-educated lawyer. Brandon Victor Dixon is Tom Collins, the computer scientist who returns to New York after being expelled from MIT. Jordan Fisher portrays Mark Cohen, an aspiring filmmaker, who serves as the show’s narrator, while filming the lives of his friends. Vanessa Hudgens plays Maureen Johnson, the outgoing performance artist who’s not afraid to take on the establishment. Brennin Hunt is Roger Davis, a struggling musician and Mark’s roommate and best friend. Mario plays Benjamin Coffin III, Mark and Roger’s former roommate-turned-landlord, who is after their rent. Tinashe is Mimi Marquez, the dancer who struggles with addiction. And Valentina plays Angel Dumont Schunard, a young drag queen and street percussionist who embraces life and lives it to its fullest.
The groundbreaking, Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical is a re-imagining o Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème, and set in New York City’s gritty East Village. Rent tells the unforgettable 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 the historic Fox Studios in Los Angeles. Acclaimed 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.
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.
Rent is produced by 20th Century Fox Television. Marc Platt, Adam Siegel, Julie Larson, Allan Larson and Revolution Studios’ Vince Totino, Scott Hemming and Marla Levine will serve as executive producers.