Rent Is Fox’s Next Pick for Live TV Musical

Film & TV News   Rent Is Fox’s Next Pick for Live TV Musical The project joins A Christmas Story in the network's lineup of live musicals.
The original Broadway cast of Rent.
The original Broadway cast of Rent. Joan Marcus

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.

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“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.

Read: A LIVE ADAPTATION OF A CHRISTMAS STORY IS COMING TO FOX

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.

Read: 20 YEARS LATER, ORIGINAL RENT CAST REMEMBER AUDITIONS, BACKSTAGE MEMORIES AND MAKING HISTORY

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.

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