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Old 10-29-18, 12:54 PM
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Rent Live! (FOX) -- 1/27/19

Fox's live rendition of Jonathan Larson's beloved Rent now has a cast.

Vanessa Hudgens (Grease Live), singer Tinashe, Valentina (RuPaul's Drag Race), Kiersey Clemons (Dope, The Flash feature), Brandon Victor Dixon (Jesus Christ Superstar Live), Jordan Fisher (Grease Live), Brennin Hunt (Walking With Herb) and Grammy winner Mario (Empire) will star in the Jan. 27 live musical, with Keala Settle (The Greatest Showman) performing the famed track "Seasons of Love."

Based on Larson's Tony-winning HIV/AIDS-themed musical, Rent is a rock musical loosely based on La Boheme that tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive and create a life in New York's East Village in the days of the Bohemian Alphabet City and under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.

Hudgens will play Maureen Johnson, the outgoing performance artist who’s not afraid to take on the establishment. Clemons will play Joanne Jefferson, Maureen's girlfriend and an Ivy League-educated lawyer.

Dixon is set as Tom Collins, the computer scientist who returns to New York after being expelled from MIT. Valentina will play Angel Dumont Schunard, a young drag queen and street percussionist who embraces life and lives it to its fullest.

Fisher is the central character of Mark Cohen, an aspiring filmmaker, who serves as the show’s narrator, while filming the lives of his friends. Hunt plays Roger Davis, a struggling musician and Mark’s roommate and best friend.

Tinashe will portray Mimi Marquez, the dancer who struggles with addiction. Mario will take on the role of Benjamin Coffin III, Mark and Roger’s former roommate-turned-landlord, who is after their rent.

Larson's estate is on board to executive produce the 20th Century Fox TV production alongside Marc Platt (La La Land, Wicked), Adam Siegel, Julie Larson, Allan Larson and Revolution Studios' Vince Totino, Scott Hemming and Marla Levine. Rent marks Platt's latest live project for following NBC's Jesus Christ Superstar and Fox's A Christmas Story and last year's Grease. Tony nominee Michael Greif (Dear Evan Hansen), who helmed the original New York Theatre Workshop and Broadway productions of Rent, is the director overseeing the stage direction. Alex Rudzinski (Grease Live) will serve as the live television director.

In addition to Greif, creative team members from the original Broadway production of Rent have also joined the Fox live event, including casting director Bernie Telsey and costume designer Angela Wendt. Kristoffer Diaz will pen the Rent adaptation for television, Al Gurdon is set as the lighting designer; Tony and Grammy winner Stephen Oremus is on board as the music director and producer; Jason Sherwood will serve as set designer; and Sonya Tayeh is the choreographer.

Clemons, whose credits include Hearts Beat Loud, Transparent and Easy as well as the upcoming Lady and the Tramp, is repped by UTA and Jackoway Austen Tyerman. Dixon, who earned an Emmy nom for his role in NBC's Jesus Christ Superstar Live, counts Broadway's Hamilton, The Color Purple and off-Broadway productions of Rent, is with CESD and Management 360. Fisher, who won the 25th season of Dancing With the Stars, counts Fox's Grease Live, Hamilton and Moana. He's with Abrams Artists and Michael Morales. Hudgens' TV credits include High School Musical and Powerless. She made her Broadway debut in Gigi. She's with CAA, Untitled Entertainment and Ziffren Brittenham. Hunt is filming his first movie role, Walking With Herb, due in 2019. Mario, currently recurring on Empire, counts Step Up among his credits. He's with Universal Attractions. Tinashe has toured with Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj and Maroon 5. She recently released her second album, "Joyride." She's with CAA and CESD. Valentina is returning to the Drag Race franchise and will compete in the All Stars season. Settle broke out with her role as the bearded woman in The Greatest Showman. Her theater credits include Hands on a Hardbody, Waitress, Les Mis and Hairspray. She's with Industry Entertainment and Jackoway Austen Tyerman.
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Old 10-29-18, 01:21 PM
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Re: Rent Live! (FOX) -- 1/27/19

Wow, RENT is barely 20 years old and now we are getting a third filmed version? Talk about overkill.

Never been a huge fan of the show anyway. One good song. It's a better backstory than a musical.
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I'm a big fan of Rent so I'm looking forward to this one. Especially excited to see Keala Settle take on the titular song.
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Re: Rent Live! (FOX) -- 1/27/19

I like Rent as well, it's a staple at Showtunes beer busts across the country. But I'm not sure about this casting. They got Ru Paul Drag Race alum Valentina to play Angel, whose only claim to fame is being pretty, and forgetting the words to her lip sync and getting kicked off.

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Originally Posted by joeblow69 View Post
I like Rent as well, it's a staple at Showtunes beer busts across the country. But I'm not sure about this casting. They got Ru Paul Drag Race alum Valentina to play Angel, whose only claim to fame is being pretty, and forgetting the words to her lip sync and getting kicked off.
Well that's not good as she's kind of the emotional crux of the whole show.

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But then again that's because she dies so maybe it's not so essential that she's a good actress
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I thought Hudgens was the highlight of Grease.
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I like the older shows like Oklahoma, Guys and Dolls, etc. It’s not likely we’ll see those done this way.

When I was a kid I saw a lot of plays on Broadway including The Music Man with Dick Van Dyke and Buddy Hackett.
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Tip for those who have never seen the show: Rent only has one good song, and it's sung right at the beginning. So you only need to invest 5-10 minutes into this.
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Oh that's not true. Rent has many great songs. Seasons Of Love, of course, but you have La Vie Boheme, I'll Cover you (both times), Light My Candle, Another Day, Today 4 U, Christmas Bells...etc. But I am very biased as I do love this musical. I hope they actually do the musical version, and not the movie version, as the movie version cut out so much.
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Man... someone shit in Groucho's cereal today. He's hating on everything!
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I'm with Groucho. It's a one-song musical.
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RENT is amazing, my favorite play by far. I'm not watching this shit.
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RENT is amazing, my favorite play by far. I'm not watching this shit.
mine too, but i will give this a chance bc it is RENT.
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Originally Posted by Groucho View Post
Tip for those who have never seen the show: Rent only has one good song, and it's sung right at the beginning. So you only need to invest 5-10 out of 525,600 minutes into this.
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I have no interest in this. Tried getting through the movie and only lasted about 30 minutes. Speaking of which, that minutes song is like fingers down a chalk board for me. I don't know why. No, come get me when they do "Hedwig" live on Fox.
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I'm no expert on the show, only having seen the movie once. This song they play at showtunes all the time, and I always thought it was a lot of fun:

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This won't be a completely live broadcast. The guy playing Roger allegedly broke his ankle yesterday, so Fox is expected to air dress rehearsal footage of some of his scenes.

https://deadline.com/2019/01/live-re...nt-1202542957/
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Original Broadway Cast of Rent to Appear During Fox Broadcast: https://www.theatermania.com/broadwa...llK2pF7tKU2BHs

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this is my favorite show of all time. the movie sucked, or at least was too dull for me, have the last show on Broadway in HD. will record this, but am very hesitant that this will be any good...
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This won't be a completely live broadcast. The guy playing Roger allegedly broke his ankle yesterday, so Fox is expected to air dress rehearsal footage of some of his scenes.

https://deadline.com/2019/01/live-re...nt-1202542957/
Now the show is airing pre-recorded. Not surprising since Roger is the male lead and the set is all stairs and scaffolding. Still, it sounds like some of the actors are lip-syncing and that's just lame. At least Valentina won't have to worry about forgetting the lyrics...

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I watched the movie a long time ago so I don’t remember any of it.
this opening doesn’t do anything to get me to want to continue watching
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I don't know if it's "just me", but the picture quality seems exceptionally poor. The closer shots aren't bad, but in the wider shots the focus seems off and looks like it shifts in and out during the shot. It's also grainy as hell. Maybe I need an MRI.
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this is my favorite show of all time. the movie sucked, or at least was too dull for me, have the last show on Broadway in HD. will record this, but am very hesitant that this will be any good...
SMH. The movie is essentially a film production of the broadway stage show with the entire original cast save for Mimi. How you can possibly think this makes no sense. It's a far cry from Rock of Ages (stage vs. movie).
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