FOX just set its premiere date for the live version of the hit Broadway musical Rent and today they’ve announced the cast. Deadline reports that Vanessa Hudgens will lead the cast of the production along with Brandon Victor Dixon, Kiersey Clemons and Jordan Fisher. The live musical version of Rent is set to premiere on FOX on January 27. The cast also includes Brennin Hunt, Mario, Tinashe and Valentina from RuPaul Drag Race.
Rent premiered Off Broadway in 1996 and came to us from Jonathan Larson, who passed away the night before the first performance. The show won a slew of awards and tells the story of a group of young adults in the East Village of New York City. Rent ran for 12 years on Broadway after moving to the Nederlander Theatre.
The live musical event will be broadcast from Fox Studios in Los Angeles and is executive produced by Marc Platt with the Larson estate. It will be directed by Michael Greif who did the two original productions. The live TV director is Alex Rudzinski, who did Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert and Grease: Live.
In the production, Kiersey Clemons (Transparent) will play Joanne Jefferson. Brandon Victor Dixon (Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert) will play Tom Collins. Jordan Fisher (The Secret Life of the American Teenager) will play Mark Cohen. Vanessa Hudgens (Grease: Live) will play Maureen Johnson. Brennin Hunt (Walking With Herb) will play Roger Davis. Mario (Empire) will play Benjamin Coffin III.
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