‘Rent Live!’ has Found its Cast

Playbill- Joan Marcus

With Rent Live just around the corner, January 27th, we’re all wondering who is going to play our favorite artists.

Rent is a modern take on the classic Puccini opera, La Bohème, it follows seven artists who struggle to follow their dreams during a time of great social and political turmoil, taking place in the middle of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Rent first appeared off-Broadway in 1996 and originally starred  Taye Diggs, Jesse L. Martin, Idina Menzel and Anthony Rapp.

The main cast has been set. Who’s filling these iconic roles?

  • Jordan Fisher as Mark Cohen, the struggling filmmaker and narrator for the story. He documents his friends’ struggles throughout the year.
  • Brennin Hunt as Roger Davis, the once successful musician and ex-junkie who carries a lot of baggage, including being HIV positive.
  • Vaness Hudgens as Maureen Johnson, the unapologetically flirtatious performer who is Mark’s ex-girlfriend and Joanne’s current girlfriend.
  • Kiersey Clemons as Joanne Jefferson, the Ivy League-educated lawyer who is Maureen’s girlfriend.
  • Tinashe as Mimi Marquez, an exotic dancer and addict. Mimi is HIV positive and Roger’s love interest.
  • Brandon Victor Dixon as Tom Collins, an ex-MIT professor who strives to bring awareness to the AIDS epidemic.
  • Valentina as Angel Dumott Schunard, a young drag queen who is living with AIDS and steals Tom’s heart.
  • Mario as Benjamin Coffin III who is Mark and Roger’s landlord and ex-roommate. He sold out and married into a wealthy family.

Rent Live airs January 27th, 2019 on Fox.

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When Beth “grows up” she wants to see her creations appear on the screen and stage. In her free time, Beth blogs about her love of craft beer and writes screenplays. She received her bachelors in journalism from Youngstown State and received her masters in communication from The University of Akron. She is honored to be a part of the FanFest family.