Seasons of Love and Live Action
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Whether you’re an avid musical theatre nerd or just a fan of the occasional rock tune, I’ve got some great news for you: FOX has chosen Rent, one of America’s most cherished rock musicals, as its next live-action endeavor, and its diverse cast is uniquely star-studded.
In case you’re not a fan of musicals, Rent tells the year-long story of a group of young friends struggling to survive in 1980’s New York City in the face of the AIDS epidemic and socioeconomic peril. Peppered with pop rock beats like “Take Me or Leave Me” and “La Vie Boheme” as well as iconic ballads like “Seasons of Love,” Rent embodies how the power of friendship and love can withstand tragedy and fuel healing.
Entrusted with this important message is a cast filled with live-action alums and veteran performers. Grease: Live stars Vanessa Hudgens and Jordan Fisher will play eccentric performance artist Maureen Johnson and aspiring film creator Mark Cohen, respectively, and Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert star and Emmy nominee Brandon Victor Dixon will play computer genius Tom Collins. Other cast standouts include Rupaul’s Drag Race star Valentina as Tom’s lover Angel and R&B artist Tinashe as dancer and struggling addict Mimi Marquez.
If you’re a Rent superfan like me, you can rest assured that the production will remain authentic, as Tony nominee Michael Greif, who had his hand in the original workshop and Broadway productions of Rent, has been employed as stage director. Costume designer Angela Wendt and casting director Bernie Telsey will also join the creative team from the original production.
The live production of Rent is set to air on FOX on Jan. 27, and I personally can’t wait for the holiday season to be replaced with “Seasons of Love.” Will you be rocking out to Rent’s hits from your couch in 2019?
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