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‘Rent Live!’ goes pretaped after star breaks foot

No day but today.

Sunday night’s performance of Rent on Fox was forced to go with pre-taped footage for a majority of the show, following star Brennin Hunt (Roger) sustaining a broken foot toward the end of yesterday’s dress rehearsal.

About 10 minutes into the high-energy show, Fox aired a message from the cast, which includes Vanessa Hudgens and Brandon Victor Dixon, noting Hunt’s accident and explaining that they would be forced to use primarily taped footage from the dress rehearsal (which was recorded in front of its own studio audience). 

In the message, the cast noted that the final act of the very physically demanding show would be reworked so that everyone could be part of it live — and teased that they would be joined by at least some members of the original Broadway cast of Rent (1996), which includes Idina Menzel and Anthony Rapp.

Like previous live TV musicals, there aren’t official understudies, a policy that seems destined to change going forward. 

Earlier on Sunday, Fox released the following statement:

“Last night during a live performance of FOX’s production of RENT, one of the actors, Brennin Hunt, was injured. But in the spirit of RENT, everyone – producers and cast, original and current — is dedicated to ensuring that tonight’s broadcast must, and will, go on.”

Rent tells the story of a group of bohemians living in the gritty East Village in 1990 at the heights of the AIDS crisis. In addition to the Broadway show, which closed in 2008, there is also a 2005 feature film, which featured much of the original theatrical cast. The best-known song from the show is “Seasons of Love.”

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