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Looks like it’s at least 525,600 minutes before fans get to see the Broadway hit, “Rent”, on their television screens.
Set around the 80s when AIDS was at its height, “Rent” revolves around a group of individuals who each have their own demons to face, whether it's an invasion from political or from social forces.
“Rent,” debuting in 1996, captured the hearts of Broadway fans everywhere with songs like “Seasons of Love” and “La Vie Boheme.” Aside from their iconic songs, the play has a great mix of characters from a washed out rock star to a lawyer with attitude issues.
The musical boasts of a Grammy, a Tony, and a Pulitzer Award.
Now, stepping away from its roots on stage and onto the movie screen, Rent finally takes over another medium and that is television, as Fox announced it to be their next live musical broadcast.
The announcement was made during the Television Critics Association’s press tour by Fox Chairman and CEO Dana Walden. “Rent” is said to air late 2018. Alongside Rent, Fox will also be airing “A Christmas Story.”
Fans will be hearing familiar names in the Broadway scene like Marc Platt who had previously helped produce “Grease Live!,” “La La Land,” and “Wicked.” Platt will be working alongside Jonathan Larson, who wrote and composed the magic behind “Rent.”
Walden, alongside another of Fox’s Chairmen and CEOs, Gary Newman, expressed gratitude for having the original brains behind “Rent” and the brilliance of Platt working with them, saying, “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.”
They added, "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."
Julie and Al Larson, who are also part of the production team as executive producers, commented on how far “Rent” has gone from being a concept to a concrete figure onstage.
“‘Rent’ was Jonathan’s dream of sharing the theater and the passion he had for it with a whole new generation. 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,”