She’s perfect, she’s beautiful, she’s… Angel!
Fox has announced the cast for its upcoming live version of Rent, and among the big names who will play the group of bohemian misfits in the TV adaptation is Valentina, the fan-favorite queen from Season 9 of RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Wilson Jermaine Heredia originated the role of Angel in the 1996 Broadway cast of Rent, and reprised the part for the 2005 movie. In the musical, Angel is a gender queer street performer and drag queen who dies of complications from AIDS. Wilson Cruz and MJ Rodriguez (Pose) have also played her in past productions.
In addition to the news of Valentina, Tinashe has been cast as Mimi, and Roger will be played by Brennin Hunt (Nashville). Jordan Fisher, who won Dancing with the Stars in 2017, will play Mark, and Vanessa Hudgens is Maureen. Brandon Victor Dixon, who was nominated for an Emmy for his role as Judas in this year’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, will play Tom Collins, Angel’s lover, and Kiersey Clemons (Hearts Beat Loud) will play Joanne.
Are we the only ones excited to see Valentina sing “Today 4 U?” She hasn’t been on Broadway, but she does have musical experience, the Season 9 queen was in Kardashian: The Musical, after all.
Rent will be broadcast from Fox Studios in L.A. on Sunday, January 27.