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Remakes, reboots and adaptations are difficult to execute. And this is even more true when the original is heralded as an exemplary piece of art. But, that hasn’t stopped Fox from giving us its version of “Rent” and Mario from joining the project — and having big shoes to fill.
If you count the original Broadway version, the 2005 film, off-broadway revival, and the 20th anniversary national tour, “Rent: Live!” will be the 5th iteration of the massively successful play. And yet, R&B singer Mario, who will play the landlord Benjamin Coffin III, believes audiences will still walk away feeling the made for TV production offers something special.