Are you ready because the live production of Tony and Pulitzer-winning musical, Rent is coming to your television! Follow along as the musical takes you along the journey of artists aspiring to follow their dreams during a time of social and political turmoil! FOX is set to air the live television event on January 27th, 2019 but until then, catch our exclusive interview with Mario who gives an inside look at what you can expect to see from him and the star-studded cast!

Tell us about your role in the live musical.

Rent is a musical about a group of friends who are struggling artists trying to survive in NY’s East Village in the early ’90s. It’s a really relatable story to me. I connect with all of the obstacles they are facing, especially when it comes to substance abuse. I play a character by the name of Benny. Benny’s an old friend of some of the characters who are now married into a well-off family. The family owns property in the east village where he wants to tear down and rebuild a cyber studio. 

How is this project different from everything you have accomplished thus far?

This project, in particular, challenges me as an actor, a singer and an overall performer. More than anything it’s inspiring for me at this point in my career to continue to create art or high levels.

What has been the most exciting part of preparing for the live adaption?

I would say that the most exciting part is getting to know the cast and seeing our growth with each other and with the characters. Working in such a big production as this in 2019 really raises the bar for me as a creative. I’m learning a lot of information which will certainly be used in my future creative endeavors.

Is there anything you found difficult or had to adjust to?

The most difficult part is learning the information in a short amount of time, retaining it and performing at a high level consistently. We only get one night to show the fruits of our labor and uphold the nostalgia of this amazing musical. 

Tell us what can we expect to see on January 27th?

January 27th you can expect to cry, laugh, cheer and be a part of history. 

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