Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes!!! It’s time to brush up on your Rent tunes. FOX is staging a live production of the hit musical to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its Broadway run. The network just shared official cast photos and a preview clip of the highly-anticipated production.
The cast includes Vanessa Hudgens (Second Act) as Maureen Johnson, Tinahse as Mimi, Jordan Fisher as Mark Cohen, Valentina (RuPaul’s Drag Race) as Angel Dumont Schunard, Kiersey Clemons (The Flash) as Joanne Jefferson, Brandon Victor Dixon (Jesus Christ Superstar Live) as Tom Collins, Brennin Hunt (Walking With Herb) as Roger Davis and Mario (Empire) as Benjamin Coffin III. The Greatest Showman breakout star Keala Settle will join the ensemble cast to perform “Seasons Of Love.”
The rock musical by Jonathan Larson is loosely based on Giacomo Puccini’s opera La Bohème. It follows a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive and create a life in New York City’s East Village in the thriving days of Bohemian Alphabet City, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.
The Broadway production closed on September 7, 2008, grossing over $280 million from 5,123 performances during its 12-year run. In addition to winning a Pulitzer Prize, it won four Tony Awards including Best Musical in 1996.
Check out the cast photos and preview below. Seriously, counting down the minutes to this production. I just know the cast will slay. Rent: Live will air on Sunday, January 27 on FOX.
Preview: Rent Live On FOX