Fox Television has determined that Jonathan Larson’s musical “Rent” will be the follow-up to its Grease Live broadcast.
Extended negotiations between Fox and the estate of playwright Jonathan Larson, Rent is set to be the network’s next live musical. The Larson estate will serve as executive producer along with Marc Platt, the producer of La La Land and Wicked. Platt has specialized in live projects recently, including Jesus Christ Superstar for NBC and last year’s Grease Live. He is also producing Fox’s recently announced A Christmas Story.
“Rent” is based loosely on “La Boheme.” It chronicles a year in the life of a group of poor young people struggling to survive in New York’s East Village during the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning rock musical opened off-Broadway in 1996 before moving to the Broadway stage. Larson died suddenly and did not live to see his play’s opening. “Rent” won three Tony awards in addition to Wilson Jermaine Heredia’s featured actor win recognizing his performance as a drag-queen drummer with AIDS.
Adam Pascal, Daphne-Rubin-Vega and Idina Menzel were also nominated for tony awards based upon their performances in “Rent.”
"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 Fox’s Dana Walden and Gary Newman. “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."