The show was highly anticipated due to the success of FOX's live version of The Sound of Music starring Carrie Underwood. However, Rent live did not live up to its expectations.
The original Rent movie was released in 2005 where it made 31.6 million USD in box office. Set in the early 1990s, this musical displays young New Yorkers hoping to survive in a community that is looked down on for their failure in career, love, and health-primarily struggling with the AIDs epidemic. FOX debuted a Live recreation of the at-the-time controversial musical, this time featuring stars such as: Vanessa Hudgens, James Leyva, and Jordan Fisher.