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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