A new, all-live production of "Rent" premieres Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019 on Fox 13, and we got to speak with stars Vanessa Hudgens and Kiersey Clemons. Vanessa said she had a lot of fun filming "High School Musical" here, and Kiersey said she is going to be visiting Utah during Sundance this year.
RENT, the groundbreaking, Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, is a re-imagining of Puccini’s “La Bohème,” and set in New York City’s gritty East Village. RENT tells the unforgettable story of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams during a time of great social and political turmoil. Winner of four Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize, writer/composer Jonathan Larson’s tour de force continues to offer an inspiring message of hope and friendship.
Cast: Kiersey Clemons As Joanne Jefferson, Brandon Victor Dixon As Tom Collins, Jordan Fisher As Mark Cohen, Vanessa Hudgens As Maureen Johnson, Brennin Hunt As Roger Davis, Mario As Benjamin Coffin Iii, Tinashe As Mimi Marquez, and Valentina As Angel Dumont Schunard.
Featured Players: Bryce Ryness, Alton Fitzgerald White, Emerson Collins, Matt Saldivar, Keala Settle, Jennifer Leigh Warren, J. (Jennie) Elaine Marcos, Debra Bardona
Ensemble: Darius Crenshaw, Jessica Lee Keller, Khori Petinaud, Lenin Fernandez Jr., Mia DeWeese, Nicholas Lanzisera, Sasha Dominique Mallory, William (Ty) Wells, Benjamin Douglas Rivera, Robert Roldan, Morgan Marcell, Fredric "Fred" Odgaard, Alexis "Tilly" Evans-Krueger and Hannahlei Cabanilla
Actress and musician Kiersey Clemons recently was cast in the upcoming feature installment of “The Flash” franchise as the iconic “Iris West.” Her other credits include the hit Sundance film “Hearts Beat Loud,” “Dope,” “Transparent,” “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising,” “Flatliners” and “Easy.” Additionally, she is currently shooting the starring role of “Darling” in the upcoming live-action feature “Lady and the Tramp,” and will join the cast on the upcoming season of “Angie Tribeca.”
Vanessa Hudgens began her work in musical theater at a young age, in shows such as “The Wizard of Oz,” “The King & I,” “The Music Man” and “Cinderella.” In 2016, she starred in FOX’s “Grease: Live,” which was nominated for 10 Emmys and won five, the most ever for a Special Class program. In 2015, she made her Broadway debut, starring in the title role of the beloved Academy Award- and Tony Award-winning film and stage musical “Gigi.” Her film credits include “Thirteen” and “Spring Breakers,” and the upcoming “Second Act.” Her television credits include “High School Musical” and the action comedy “Powerless,” set in the DC universe. In 2010, Hudgens won the ShoWest Award for “Female Star of Tomorrow.”
VANESSA HUDGENS NEW MISSION:
- Vanessa Hudgens has just been named a new global ambassador for the American Cancer Society.
- “My father suffered through his cancer diagnosis and I’m still dealing with the pain and suffering of losing him. I can use my personal experience to help spread the message about the important work the Society is doing and hopefully make a difference for other caregivers. Cancer affects so many of us and we can all do something to fight back.” – Vanessa Hudgens
- Super Bowl Sweepstakes - Vanessa, the American Cancer Society, and the NFL will offer the winner of the Super Bowl sweepstakes package an incredible weekend experience. With a minimum $10 contribution to the American Cancer Society, one lucky fan (and a guest) will win the Ultimate Super Bowl Weekend, February 1-3, 2019, and sit next to Vanessa Hudgens at the game! The prize includes two tickets to Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, pre-game sideline passes for a once-in-a-lifetime view from the field, a meet-and-greet with the halftime show headliner, two tickets to the NFL Honors award show, and access to the hottest parties including Rolling Stone, DirectTV, and Wheels Up. Round-trip airfare and lodging are included. You can go to my Instagram page and click the link in my bio to ENTER! Or go to http://crucialcatch.nfl.com