Vanessa Hudgens is leaving her “High School Musical” girl next door character behind to play Mimi Marquez in the Neil Patrick Harris-directed “Rent” revival at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles this August.
Mimi is a 19-year-old HIV-positive junkie who works as an S&M dancer.Over the course of two acts, she falls in love with former addict Roger, quits using, relapses, leaves rehab early, winds up homeless and nearly dies. It’s a far cry from Hudgens’ Disney roots.
“I look forward to audiences seeing a dark, edgy and very different
side of Vanessa Hudgens this August.” Harris and Hudgens co-star in the
upcoming “Beauty and the Beast” update, “Beastly.”
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