Film & TV NewsRent Is Fox’s Next Pick for Live TV MusicalThe project joins A Christmas Story in the network's lineup of live musicals.
May 12, 2017
Hot off the heels announcing the live telecast of the musical A Christmas Story, Fox has yet another live musical on the horizon: Rent.
Marc Platt, who won an Emmy for Fox's Grease: Live, will executive produce alongside the estate of the late composer Jonathan Larson. No word yet on any additional details, including casting or a timeline.
“We are so honored to partner with the estate of the brilliant Jonathan Larson and producer Marc Platt on one of the great musicals of our time,” said Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen and CEO of Fox Television Group. “The title is so iconic, the music is so beloved, and the themes are as meaningful today as they were when the show first premiered on Broadway. With Marc overseeing this project, we are sure it will have a profound impact on the legions of fans who know and love this musical."
The project joins Fox's live adaptation of A Christmas Story, which will premiere this December. NBC also recently announced plans for a live presentation of Jesus Christ Superstar.
The musical, inspired by Puccini's opera La Bohème, follows a group of struggling artists in New York City's East Village in the mid 1990s. Throughout the course of a year, the group experiences love and loss against the backdrop of the AIDS crisis.
Rent launched the careers of such performers as Idina Menzel, Anthony Rapp, Adam Pascal, Taye Diggs, Jesse L. Martin, and Daphne Rubin-Vega.
Larson died tragically the night before the show's 1996 Off-Broadway premiere at New York Theatre Workshop, suffering an aortic aneurysm at the age of 35. The show subsequently moved to Broadway's Nederlander Theatre, winning a Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for Best Musical, as well as posthumous Tonys to Larson for his book and score. The musical would go on to run for over 12 years.
Watch footage from the historic 20th anniversary reunion at the inaugural BroadwayCon in 2016 below.