Fox Announces Cast for Live Musical ‘Rent’

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Fox has officially announced the cast of their upcoming live musical Rent. 

Fox will air a live 3 hour special of Rent in 2019, which will follow the group of New Yorkers who are struggling with their careers, love, and the AIDS epidemic in the 90’s. Fox took to social media to announce the official cast of the new special.

Jordan Fisher, who will play Mark Cohen, tweeted his excitement about finally succeeding in his dream to become the first person of color to play the character. We couldn’t be more excited for him either.


Brennin Hunt will play Roger. Hunt is most known for his role in CMT’s Nashville. Vanessa Anne Hudgens will take on the role as Maureen Johnson. Hudgens has starred in movies like Beastly, High School Musical 3, and even played Rizzo in the live musical Grease. 

The role of Joanne Jefferson will be played by Kiersey Clemmons, who has had roles in films like Dope and Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising. Brandon Victor Dixon will play Tom Collins. Dixon recently starred in the live musical rendition of Jesus Christ Superstar. Singer Mario will play Benjamin Coffin III. Tinashe, who recently appeared on Empire,  will take on the role as Mimi.  While Ru Paul’s Drag Race star Valentina will play Angel Dumont Schunard. Keala Settle will perform “Seasons of Love” and be a part of the ensemble in the live musical.

You can catch the musical premiering on FOX on January 27th.