Fox Announced Cast For ‘Rent’ Live Musical
Tinashe has been cast by Fox for its upcoming Rent live musical. She poses here at Dancing with the Stars Season 27 at CBS Televison City on September 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, California – Photo: David Livingston/Getty Images North America.
Fox has announced the cast for its upcoming Rent live musical.
Recording artist Tinashe has been cast as Mimi Marquez, a dancer who struggles with addiction and catches the eye of musician and recovering addict Roger. Roger will be played by Brennin Hunt (Nashville).
Singer/songwriter Jordan Fisher (Hamilton and the 2017 winner of Dancing with the Stars) will play Mark, Roger’s filmmaker roommate and best friend, who serves as the show’s narrator.
Vanessa Hudgens (Grease: Live) will play Maureen Johnson, a performance artist and Mark’s ex-girlfriend who is on-again-off-again dating Joanne. Kiersey Clemons (Hearts Beat Loud) is set to play Joanne Jefferson, an Ivy League-educated lawyer.
Emmy nominee and Tony Award winner Brandon Victor Dixon (Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert) will play Tom Collins, a computer scientist who returns to New York after being expelled from MIT. There he meets and falls in love with Angel Dumont Schunard, who will be played by Valentina (RuPaul’s Drag Race). Angel is a young drag queen and street percussionist who “embraces life and lives it to the fullest.”
R&B and pop star Mario, who also currently stars on Fox’s Empire, will play Benjamin Coffin III, Mark and Roger’s former roommate-turned-landlord and Mimi’s ex who has married wealthy and now wants to gentrify the building in which he once lived.
Additionally, Keala Settle (The Greatest Showman) will perform the iconic solo from Seasons of Love and join the ensemble in the live musical.
Fox version of Rent will be produced by 20th Century Fox Television. Marc Platt, Adam Siegel, Julie Larson, Allan Larson and Revolution Studios’ Vince Totino, Scott Hemming and Marla Levine will serve as executive producers. Michael Greif, who directed the original New York Theatre Workshop and Broadway versions of Rent will oversee the stage direction of the live musical, while Alex Rudzinksi will serve as the live television director.
Rent Live will be broadcast from Fox Studios in Los Angeles live on Sunday, January 27, 2019.