The cast of Rent: Live expressed kind words for the musical’s original creator Jonathan Larson.

Vanessa Hudgens, Tinase, Mario, Jordan Fisher, Brandon Victor Dixon, Kiersey Clemons, Tinashe, Valentina, and Brennin Hunt will star in Fox’s live televised broadcast of the show on Sunday, Jan. 27.

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A special behind-the-scenes video featured members of the cast speaking highly of Larson, who first unveiled Rent at a workshop production at New York Theatre Workshop in 1993.

“This show such gravitas to it,” Hudgens said. “The characters are so full and so beautifully broken.”

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“A lot of the things in Rent are super relevant today,” Tinashe expressed. “Accepting one another, a sense of community, and having each other’s back.”

Larson died on Jan. 25, 1996 at age 35 in New York City. The cause was a genetic disorder called Marfan Syndrome.

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