This Sunday (Jan. 27), Tinashe, Vanessa Hudgens, Valentina, Jordan Fisher, Brandon Victor Dixon, Brennin Hunt, Kiersey Clemons, and Mario will likely be bringing the story of RENT to residing rooms throughout the nation, as Jonathan Larson’s Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical – which tackled issued akin to sexuality, relationships, dependancy, and the HIV/AIDS epidemic by way of the tales of eight people in New York City's East Village – is getting the dwell televised remedy.
Ahead of the massive occasion, Billboard chatted with three of the solid members to search out out once they have been every launched to the musical, what their favourite RENT soundtrack songs are, how they really feel about performing dwell and why they assume that now could be the best time to introduce the story to a brand new technology of viewers.
Tinashe, who will likely be taking up the position of Mimi Marquez, tells Billboard that she was launched to RENT in center faculty when she watched the 2005 movie adaptation, which made her fall in love with the songs and the characters.
Hudgens, who will likely be portraying Maureen Johnson, says she found the present when she performed Mimi throughout a summer time manufacturing (directed by Neil Patrick Harris) on the Hollywood Bowl a decade in the past. Valentina, in the meantime — who will likely be taking part in Angel Dumott Schunard — notes that her introduction to RENT was throughout freshman yr of highschool, the place she carried out the songs in her faculty’s choir.
Asked in the event that they really feel any added strain with the efficiency being dwell, Tinashe replies that having a dwell viewers there offers everybody within the solid further vitality, whereas Hudgens reveals that she had a lot enjoyable being part of Grease Live, and that she is “stoked” to do it once more.
Valentina, who rose to fame as a star on RuPaul’s Drag Race, factors out that as a drag queen she is all the time performing dwell, in order that doesn’t fear her. “What does fear me is being an actress, and attempting to turn out to be an award-winning actress and profitable an Emmy, that worries me,” the drag diva confesses. “Cause if we give it to them, we may very well be nominated!”
As for why the celebs assume that now it such an essential time for the story of RENT to be retold, Tinashe notes that the musical is about accepting each other and being there for one another, by way of each highs and lows. “As a nation and as a world, we’re going by way of a lot that it's essential to recollect to maintain these household bonds actually shut,” she says.
“We must be seen, and we must be heard, and we must be fearless,” says Valentina. “Here in America, it's the land of the free, the land of the courageous, and I imagine that this story actually displays that… I actually am grateful to this storyline to be seen by a broader viewers, and I hope they take pleasure in it.”
You can watch the whole interview with Tinashe, Vanessa Hudgens, and Valentina above to listen to way more, together with what every of their favourite songs from RENT are. You may watch a teaser for the dwell TV occasion beneath.