It’s easy to be a bit trepidatious when it comes to a major network adapting a beloved Broadway musical for live television, however, Fox is one network that has been able to do so from the get-go almost flawlessly. From their debut performance of Grease Live!, which immediately stood out amongst its predecessors both in quality and production value, to 2018’s Emmy-nominated Jesus Christ Superstar Live!, Fox has always managed to find the perfect balance between well-known talent and a production that actually feels like a musical. Thankfully, their upcoming project Rent Live! doesn’t appear to be any different and we’ve got the video to prove it!
When it comes to Rent, perhaps the most iconic song and moment is the show’s opening, which finds the main cast taking the stage with simple spotlights to perform the beautiful and haunting number, “Seasons of Love”. It’s when you first meet this diverse group of characters and without any knowledge of the plot, you can feel this electricity and chemistry pulsing through them all. Well, in their latest promo for Rent Live!, which celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Broadway show, Fox shared a quick look at the Rent gang in “Seasons of Love” action and not only is the cast brilliant, but they sound amazing. Check it out!
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It begins by showing various cast members including Vanessa Hudgens (Maureen) and Jordan Fisher (Mark), who both starred in Grease Live!, speaking the words of “Seasons of Love” before the entire cast joins on stage to sing together. See below for a full breakout of the cast!
Jordan Fisher as Mark Cohen, the struggling filmmaker and narrator for the story. He documents his friends’ struggles throughout the year.
Vaness Hudgens as Maureen Johnson, the unapologetically flirtatious performer who is Mark’s ex-girlfriend and Joanne’s current girlfriend.
Brennin Hunt as Roger Davis, the once successful musician and ex-junkie who carries a lot of baggage, including being HIV positive.
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.
There’s no doubt in our mind that Fox is going to do a fantastic job with Rent Live! and we can’t wait to see the talented cast perform some of the most popular and beloved Broadway songs in history!
Rent Live! will air on Fox on Sunday, January 27th at 8/7c!
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