A live musical production of the Tony Award-, Grammy Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Rent announced by FOX
FOX has announced a live musical production of the Tony Award-, Grammy Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Rent. Marc Platt (Grease: LIVE, La La Land, Wicked) is on board to executive produce alongside the estate of writer/composer Jonathan Larson. The musical premiered on Broadway back in 1996 and was a reimagined version of Puccini’s “La bohème.” It was set in New York City’s East Village and tells the story of a group of young artists trying to make it in the big city. The show won four Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize.
“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 CEOs, 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.”
“‘Rent’ was Jonathan’s dream of sharing the theater and the passion he had for it with a whole new generation,” said Julie and Al Larson. “None of us could have imagined the massive impact that the messages and themes in ‘Rent’ would have on the theater community or the world…except for Jonathan. We are absolutely thrilled to be continuing Jonathan’s legacy and the still-relevant themes of the show in this way.”
The live musical version of Rent will be executive-produced by Marc Platt, Adam Siegel, Julie Larson, Al Larson and Revolution Studios’ Vince Totino, Scott Hemming and Marla Levine. The Broadway show became a film in 2005 and starred Anthony Rapp, Rosario Dawson, Jesse L. Martin, Idina Menzel and Taye Diggs.
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