After the success of Grease: LIVE Fox has announced the next one in the works — and it’s a big one!
In a press release sent out on Friday, Fox announced the next live musical they’ll be tackling is Rent. “Acclaimed film, television and theater producer Marc Platt (Grease: LIVE, La La Land, Wicked), along with the estate of writer/composer Jonathan Larson, will executive-produce the event,” Fox supplies.
“’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.”
Of the production, the release also states, “A re-imagining of Puccini’s ‘La Bohème,’ and set in New York City’s gritty East Village, ‘Rent’ tells the unforgettable story of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams during a time of great social and political turmoil. After winning four Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize, writer/composer Jonathan Larson’s tour de force celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, as it continues to offer an inspiring message of hope and friendship.”
It’s obviously a perfect time for Rent to come back around, but we’ll have to wait for the live event to see if it’ll live up to the undoubtedly high expectations.