Jonathan Larson's hit Musical RENT is said to be the next live adaptation musical on Fox.
After the news of a live broadcasting of A Christmas Story The musical was released, Fox has also made it known that the hit musical RENT was next in line for a live adaptation.
RENT was inspired by Puccini's La Boheme and follows a group of struggling friends in New York City's East Villiage in the mid-1990s. Throughout the musical, you see and experience with the characters great deals of loss, love, and the backend of the AIDS epidemic. The musical lasted over 12 years on Broadway and has won a Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for Best Musical. There was even a full feature film adaptation made back in 2005. Broadway-lovers are in love with this musical. It gives a powerful message to all who watch and listen to the music.
Executive Producer Marc Platt, who won an Emmy Award for his help on Grease: Live, has teamed up with Johnathan Larson's estate to bring this popular musical to life.
“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 to Playbill. “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 musical started the careers of original cast members Idina Menzel, Anthony Rapp, Adam Pascal, Taye Diggs, Jessie L. Martin, and Daphne Rubin-Vega, to name a few.
Composer and book writer Jonathan Larson never got the chance to see his musical soar to fame. He tragically died the night of the production's 1996 off-Broadway Premiere, due to an aortic aneurysm. He was just 35 years old.
No word on casting or timeline for the adaptation, but what we do know is that it will be sometime after December's A Christmas Story. Make sure you check back here for all your musical news.