The much anticipated Rent Live will premiere January 27th, 2019. AAM’s very own Keala Settle will be accompanying the cast by performing the signature song “Seasons of Love.” The renowned film version of the song charted Billboard’s “Hot 100”at #33 quickly after its release. Jonathan Larson’s classic musical tells the memorable story of several friends in New York City facing homophobia, financial struggles, and AIDS. The event’s star- studded cast includes Vanessa Hudgens as Maureen Johnson, Kiersey Clemons as Joanne Jefferson, Brandon Victor Dixon as Tom Collins, Jordan Fisher as Mark Cohen, Brennin Hunt as Roger Davis, Mario as Benjamin Coffin III, Tinashe as Mimi Marquez, and Valentina as Angel Dumont Schunard.
Keala became a Broadway regular after her 2011 debut in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, and has since been nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical. The actress and singer went on to star as Lettie in the musical film, The Greatest Showman and sing the film’s soul baring song, “This Is Me,” which won the 2018 Golden Globe Award for best original song. Keala is proud to express her appreciation for Rent and its positive message sharing that songs like “This Is Me” and “Seasons of Love” have helped her in her own journey, learning to love herself despite perceived flaws, and hopes to convey that to the audience, according to Waylon Jordan of San Diego Gay & Lesbian News. She continued, herself, by sharing, “We’re not just rehashing a show with this performance; everyone is bringing their own story and the things that have shaped their lives to this table.” Make sure to catch this special performance as the live event airs on FOX at 8pm EST!