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Vanessa Hudgens Joins 'Rent' Musical This Summer

Vanessa Hudgens Joins 'Rent' Musical This Summer

Vanessa Hudgens is set to hit the stage in a summer production of Rent!

The 21-year-old actress will play Mimi, an HIV-positive dancer, in a production directed by her Beastly co-star, Neil Patrick Harris, according to the L.A. Times.

No other casting has been announced yet for the production, which runs August 6-8 at the Hollywood Bowl.

NPH knows quite a bit about Rent – he starred in an L.A. production of the show in 1997 and was recognized with a Drama League Award for his work!

FYI: The role of Mimi was played by Rosario Dawson in the 2005 film adaptation of Rent.

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  • charm

    this is great for her!

    she auditioned and impressed the powers that be

    Congrats Vanessa!

  • Carol


    I wish I live in LA.

    I’m sure she’ll do an wonderful job.

    Great casting NPH

  • e

    This is awesome, congratz V, I wish that I could see it but I live to far away.

  • Amanda Dubs

    Well she fits the character qualifications.

  • Jasmina

    YAY! Congrats V :)
    she’ll blow everyones mind!

  • Malia

    YEAH!!! It got posted here. This is AWESOME news. I’m doing a happy dance for Vanessa. She will be PERFECT in this role.

    The Disney diva has left the building.

  • Sweet

    Great great great
    So proud of you V…

  • tee

    Back to her roots the stage. I know she’ll shine.

  • Clémentine

    SO proud of Vanessa !!
    She deserves it so much :D

  • xoxo

    @Amanda Dubs:
    what is your problem…jealous much?

  • Malia

    Awards “Rent” has won over the years:

    The 1996 Pulitzer Price for “Best American Drama”
    The 1996 New York Drama Critics Circle Award for “Best Musical”
    The 1996 Outer Critics Circle Award for “Best Off-Broadway Musical”
    The 1996 Drama League Award for “Best Musical”
    6 1996 Drama Desk Awards- including “Best Musical,” “Book,” “Score,” and “Lyrics”
    4 1996 Tony Awards for “Best Musical,” “Best Score,” “Best Book” and “Best Featured Actor In A Musical” – Wilson Jermaine Heredia

    SO glad Vanessa got this role.

  • camii

    wow she srsly just continues to amaze me with her career choices!
    so freaking excited for her! this is beyond amazing!! =)

  • Lizzie

    lol it’s so simple now to be in broadway. First Corbin now Vanessa good for her I guess since she has nothing else going for her career wise. Everything flopped for her after HSM. Not trying to be mean just honest observation

  • Malia

    Awards “Rent” has won over the years:

    The 1996 Pulitzer Price for “Best American Drama”
    The 1996 New York Drama Critics Circle Award for “Best Musical”
    The 1996 Outer Critics Circle Award for “Best Off-Broadway Musical”
    The 1996 Drama League Award for “Best Musical”
    6 1996 Drama Desk Awards- including “Best Musical,” “Book,” “Score,” and “Lyrics”
    4 1996 Tony Awards for “Best Musical,” “Best Score,” “Best Book” and “Best Featured Actor In A Musical” – Wilson Jermaine Heredia

    So GLAD Vanessa got the part.

  • tiayahii

    She’ll be amazing!

  • Sam

    This is so amazing

  • Caroline

    Congrats V!

    I’m so happy for you! *-*

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  • lexy hates bilson

    That’s great news!

  • ANNE

    again, congratulations Vanessa!!!
    I’m glad NPH was able to see and appreciate the inmense talent that is this wonderful yound girl.
    She’s going to be amazing, and I hope people who go see the show can later share with us because I know that they will become V fans if they aren’t already
    She has a great voice and her acting has improved much since the first HSM, no doubt in my mind she will shine in her portrayal of Mimi like she always does.
    Vanessa, you deserve it sweetie.. keep up the good work and show the world what you’re truly made of! we love you :)

  • Luiza

    wasn’t her that said that she will not do cute girls in musicals anymore? anyway, i don’t think this is good for her. ANOTHER musical ANOTHER cute girl dancing is not good. an actor needs to do diferent characters

  • xoxo

    how did everything flop exactly..only one project has come out since and received amazing reviews…the others havent even come out yet…she won star of tomorrow award for her movie Beastly that hasnt come out yet, zack snyder cast her in his movies and he is hard to please and this sounds like another amazing opportunity…’re totally right..her career has compeltely flopped after HSM…NOT!

  • xoxo

    @Luiza: shes playing a stripper that has is that a cute girl character exactly…have you even seen rent????

  • sj

    so proud! I love how she continues to knock people’s socks off

  • charm

    LOL @ the Vanessa haters trying to downplay this.. SUCKS for you!

  • suzy

    This is a good opportunity for people to see her in a new kind of role and she auditioned for the role and NPH gave her the part because he feels she is actually good

  • sj

    @Luiza: actually, if you knew anything about her, she’s mentioned several times in interviews how she got her start in musical theater and how much she’d love to go back someday.

  • Lisa


    She isn’t going to be playing another “cute girl” in a musical. Her character MiMi is a HIV Positive Stripper. Maybe its just me but I don’t see how she will be playing another cute girl in a musical.

    Vanessa Hudgens is doing different things other than musicals. She played Sa5m in Bandslam which got amazing reviews, Vanessa has won the ShoWest Star Of Tomorrow award because of her movie Beastly that hasnt even come out yet, and in 2011 SuckerPunch is coming out.

    Rent is one of my favorite musicals so i look forward to see how she does it in.

    Congrats Vanessa!

  • fan

    @#13…Lizzy…Vanessa is looking at the character role of that play. The character role is a drug addict stripper that is HIV positive, which is a gritty and dark role. On the talent side, she did very well. She was part of the ensemble casts of HSM series, which did well in the profit and business sides. In Bandslam, Vanessa played a supporting role that was in the movie no more than 15 minutes of the entire film. Yet, Bandslam did not do well in the BO number, but it did great with the movie critic reviews that gained a 80% Fresh Tomatoe and Critic Choice gave a 85% rating, plus many of those critics have gave Vanessa a great performance reviews on her acting. In the movie industries, the lead starting actors are the one that suppose to bring in the BO number, therefore, in Bandslam, Aly M. and Galean Connor are the two leading stars of that movie. Vanessa has the supporting role in that movie, and the supporting actor/actress just goes for the performance reviews. Bandslam did justice for the performance reviews, which will be serving these actors/actresses for future acting jobs to other directors and producers that read and use these critic reviews write-ups of their talents. However, Vanessa has two movies coming out in July and one in 2011. Since she has been attending many meetings with Warner Brothers, there probably something coming in line for that film/movie company. The way Vanessa is planning out her career, she is just trying different roles and things to make her more versatile in acting. Plus she is just living her dream.

  • Lizzie

    @xoxo: lol are you serious her music career was a huge flop and that movie she did with Aly from Phil of the future flopped big time. Other than HSM and her Ecko commercials she has not succeeded at all!

  • Danielle

    I wish I live in LA too… I think Vanessa will be great

  • charm

    this is what’s up.. you haters need to see what NPH told PH

  • xoxo

    @Lizzie: did you read my comment at all???? Most of her projects are still coming up you idiot! She has done so well with all of these projects…and she wasnt a lead in bandslam, but she received awesome reviews for her small part in that movie. She has received numerous awards for her performances, so dont say she’s a flop cause you just look like a jealous idiot that doesnt know what she is talking about

  • xoxo

    @charm: ahha perez is such a douche….glad NPH set him in his place!!

  • Kathi

    This is awesome, I’m so happy for her :D I never heard about Rent before but I just did a research on it and it sounds incredible. Wish I could see it, but I live too far away. So great Vanessa got the role of Mimi, she’ll do a perfect job, like always. Love her <3

  • http://j ivanka

    Neil told press, “She came in for a work session, and I must say, Vanessa really impressed. She looks amazing, has great vocal chops, and seems really committed to honoring the somewhat iconic role of Mimi. I look forward to audiences seeing a dark, edgy, and very different side of Vanessa Hudgens this August.”

    congrats:) she really has a future and is leaving disney behind, not like ashley tisfail

  • vfan

    Yaaaay! I am so happy for her.
    She deserves this, and is going to rock!
    Love you V! :)

  • Mary
  • Vero

    That so great, really great news
    I’m so happy for her.

  • pop86

    Congrats to Vanessa

  • http://Justjared Jenny.s.

    Congrats Vanessa, extremely happy for you <3

    Dear haters,
    Could you just get over it, she auditioned, they chose her for the role, so she earned it, if you can’t get over it just get out

    Much love to you all

    Let’s just put it like this, I would much rather see Vanessa play the part- if I could- than perez…

  • http://Justjared Jenny.s.

    *rather than perez…

  • em

    i’m so proud of her!!
    And i’m glad Neil is defending Vanessa. Perez is so blinded by jealousy it’s rather pathetic.

  • Malia

    OMG, this just gets better and better. Justin Timberlake in talks to play Roger. I’m still doing my happy dance for Vanessa. YEAH!!!!

  • s

    omfg this is terrible. one of my biggest pet peeves is that celebs are starting to go into broadway. people in broadway shows are of such higher caliber and talent than most celebs today and this is definitely an area that someone like vanessa hudgens should never be allowed to get near.

  • kate

    Congratulations Vanessa you totally deserve to have this part.

    haters just shut up you are all just jealous of Vanessa.

    and NPH well done for putting PH in his place.

  • Trina

    What a lot of people don’t realize is that Vanessa started out in theater. She has been in local productions of Carousel, The Wizard of Oz, The King and I, The Music Man, and Cinderella. . . .among others.

  • Ssssssk

    the hell?!

  • charm

    @s: snob much?

  • curiosity

    So excited for her…Congratulations!!!