AceShowbiz - FOX finally has announced the exact premiere date for its upcoming live production of Tony-winning musical "Rent (2019)". The network announces that the live musical is scheduled to premiere on Sunday, January 27 2019 at 7 P.M. It will air between the NFL Conference Championship Games and Super Bowl LIII.
"Rent", a re-imagining of Giacomo Puccini's "La Boheme", is set in New York City's gritty East Village. It follows seven artists who are struggling to follow their dreams during a time of great social and political turmoil.
Marc Platt, whose credits include "Grease Live" and Oscar-winning movie "La La Land", will serve as executive producer. Joining Platt as executive producers are Adam Siegel, Julie Larson, Al Larson, Vince Totino, Scott Hemming and Marla Levine. Additional info regarding cast and crew will be announced at a later date.
The original musical premiered on Broadway back in April 1996 and ran to September 2008. The musical earned whooping 10 Tony nominations and won four of them. The Pulitzer Prize-winning musical won Best Musical, Book and Score and two awards for the late Jonathan Larson.
In 2005, "Rent" was adapted into a feature film with Chris Columbus directing. The movie featured six of original Broadway cast members reprising their roles. Anthony Rapp played Mark Cohen, Adam Pascal played Roger Davis and Rosario Dawson played Mimi Marquez. Also starring in the movie were Jesse L. Martin, Wilson Jermaine Heredia and Idina Menzel as Tom Collins, Angel Dumott Schunard and Maureen Johnson respectively.
Prior to "Rent", FOX will air live production of "A Christmas Story" on 17 December. Matthew Broderick is set to serve as narrator in the upcoming musical, while Maya Rudolp ("Saturday Night Live") will take on the role of Mrs. Parker, Ralphie Parker's mother.