We’ve got 525,600 reasons to tune into Fox’s next live musical
That’s right, Rent is getting the live TV musical treatment at Fox, Variety reports.
The award-winning rock musical set in New York City’s East Village — from the late Jonathan Larson and loosely inspired by Giacomo Puccini’s opera La Bohème — follows a group of struggling young artists as they grapple with the aftermath of the AIDS epidemic as well as social, political, and romantic issues.
Marc Platt — who also contributed to the network’s Grease Live!, will executive produce NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar, and produced awards-season gem La La Land — will executive produce, alongside Larson’s estate and others. Chairmen and CEOs of Fox Television Group, Dana Walden and Gary Newman, said of the event, which is timed to the show’s recent 20th anniversary:
"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. 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."
Other details and casting are TBA and a premiere date has yet to be set for the musical, which already went from the stage to the silver screen, but we’re already dream casting — and plotting a way to bring Idina Menzel back to the fold.