Hot off the heels of NBC announcing their next live musical as Jesus Christ Superstar and Fox revealing they will be putting on A Christmas Story come December, the latter has announced another musical they’re adapting: RENT, from the late Jonathan Larson.
Set in the early 1990s, the musical is a loose adaptation of La Bohème and follows seven artists in New York City’s East Village as they navigate relationships, addiction, and the AIDS epidemic.
The original Broadway production, starring the likes of Idina Menzel and Jesse L. Martin, won four Tony Awards in 1996, including Best Musical and Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical for Wilson Jermaine Heredia’s performance as Angel.
A movie adaptation directed by Chris Columbus came out in 2005 with most of the original Broadway cast to extremely mixed reviews from fans.
Marc Platt, who’s worked on La La Land and Wicked will executive produce alongside Adam Siegel, Julie Larson, Al Larson, and Revolution Studios’ Vince Totino, Scott Hemming, and Marla Levine.
In a statement about the event, Dana Walden and Gary Newman, chairmen and CEOs of Fox Television Group said: “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 original show is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. This new adaptation has no premiere date yet.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor