Fox hopes third time’s a charm with Rent: Live (Sunday, January 27 at 8pm). Hot on the heels of the mildly successful Grease: Live (2016) and poorly received A Christmas Story Live! (2017), tonight’s telecast is based on the Broadway tour de force celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. A re-imagining of Puccini’s “La Bohème,” Rent tells the unforgettable story of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams during a time of great social and political turmoil. It’s an examination of life, love and family in New York’s gritty East Village, played against a backdrop of the all-consuming HIV/AIDS crisis.
Any actor willing to attempt theater on live TV instantly earns my respect. It’s not an easy undertaking and we are a demanding audience. Hopefully the Rent: Live cast is up for the challenge (break a leg, mazel tov). I’m most excited about RuPaul’s Drag Race alum (and all around dreamboat) Valentina making her mainstream debut as Angel. Vanessa Hudgens may be a bigger star, but that’s temporary. Valentina is on her way (trust). So, is anyone watching with me? Share your thoughts in the comments. This is our tribe. This is our post.