The ‘Rent: Live’ Show Must Go On Even With BRENNIN HUNT Injured
The show must go on for the live production of Rent on Fox.
Even when star Brennin Hunt (who plays Roger) suffered from a broken ankle during the last dress rehearsals, the show's cast and producers decided to continue with the live broadcast, albeit some scenes were pre-recorded.
Prior to the live airing, the Nashville actor gave an insight on how he's been holding up via an Instagram Story. "Breaking my foot last night was not fun but it’s been great being back on set with everybody," he said. "I love these people so much. They’ve showered me with love and kindness which is the essence of this musical. I am just truly honored and blessed to be part of this Rent family."
After the first commercial break, the cast walked up the stage and explained the circumstances. "Last night during our performance in front of a live audience, one of our cast members sustained an injury," Vanessa Hudgens (Maureen) told the audience. "A visit to the hospital confirmed that Brennin Hunt, our Roger, had broken his foot and will be unable to perform tonight."
"But Rent has always been about community, resiliency and bouncing back, so the show must go on," added Valentina (Angel).
"Most of what you'll see tonight will come from last night's performance, but we have all rallied together to rework the final act so that all of us, including Brennin and the original Broadway cast of Rent can perform it for you live," explained Jordan Fisher (Mark) before the cast broke into Rent creator Jonathan Larson's famous words in unison: "No day but today."
But while those at home were treated to the pre-recorded version, the studio audience witnessed a different version:
Honestly, they should have aired this one, too! And/or maybe do another live show as soon as Brennin gets better!