Rent live musical: How cast compares to Broadway version


















Take them or leave them 

Since its Broadway premiere in 1996, Rent has been a bona fide cultural phenomenon. The story of a community of artists in New York City’s East Village is being revitalized with a live TV production airing Jan. 27 on Fox. See how the just-announced cast compares with their original Broadway counterparts. 

Taye Diggs/Mario as Benjamin Coffin III 

Once one of the bohemians and now a yuppie intent on collecting rent, Mark and Roger’s former roommate is considered the Benedict Arnold of the group (he would probably just say he’s a realist).

Daphne Rubin-Vega/Tinashe as Mimi Marquez

Mimi is an HIV-positive dancer who needs help lighting her candle from her neighbor, Roger. Suffice it to say, sparks fly.

Anthony Rapp/Jordan Fisher as Mark Cohen

The de-facto narrator of the show, Mark is an aspiring filmmaker trying to make a documentary about his friends’ lives. 

Jesse L. Martin/Brandon Victor Dixon as Tom Collins

After being fired from MIT, Collins becomes a professor at NYU. He meets and falls in love with Angel upon returning to New York. 

Fredi Walker/Kiersey Clemons as Joanne Jefferson 

Ivy-league educated and a little uptight, Joanne is a lawyer and also Maureen’s girlfriend. Mark is Maureen’s ex. There’s a little bit of tension. 

Idina Menzel/Vanessa Hudgens as Maureen Johnson 

Performance artist and perpetual flirt, Maureen is staging an avant-garde performance to protest homeless people being evicted to make way for a condo development. 

Adam Pascal/Brennin Hunt as Roger Davis 

Still mourning his girflriend who died by suicide after the two of them were diagnosed with AIDS, Roger is a musician contemplating the meaning of life when he meets the mesmerizing Mimi. 

Wilson Jermaine Heredia/Valentina as Angel Dumott Schunard

A street drummer, free-sprited and fun-loving Angel inspires the group and keeps them united. 

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