Brennin Hunt, who plays the central role of Roger, sustained the ankle injury the day before Fox's three-hour live broadcast. His role in Sunday's performance remains unclear.
Fox's planned live broadcast of Rent – scheduled for Sunday night – has a serious speed bump.
Actor Brennin Hunt, who plays one of the male leads, Roger, in the musical, rolled his ankle during Saturday's dress rehearsal. The injury, which appeared to be serious, occurred ahead of the final act in what is expected to be a three-hour performance. Hunt was taken to a local hospital following the dress rehearsal. Hunt's status for Sunday's live broadcast on Fox is currently unknown, but the network and producers stress that the show will go on as planned ̵
"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 The cast of Rent live, which includes Vanessa Hudgens, Tinashe, Kiersey Clemons and Valentina, have now understudies. With the nature of Hunt's injury not immediately available and the level of his participation unclear, Fox is going to use some of the parts from Saturday's dress rehearsal during Sunday's live broadcast. That follows a similar plan backed up by the network in 2016 when Fox would have been forced to use taped outdoor scenes from its Grease Live dress rehearsal should it have rained during its live broadcast. (The performance went off without issue, including rain.) " live director Alex Rudzinski told reporters, including THR during the press day. (Rudzinski also directed Fox's Grease Live .) "What we have is a backup recording from the night [before]. So the night before we do a full dress rehearsal on camera to tape, so should the metaphorical meteor hit the studio, we can switch to that back up recording, and it's with an audience, and so there is a degree of back up there .. Actually, I think on Grease we lost sound for eight seconds and we switched to the back up for eight seconds, and no one noticed. "
Internship director Michael Greif ( Dear Evan Hansen ) – who helmed Rent [19459006TheoriginalNewYorkTheaterWorkshopandBroadwayproductions-themorethan1000assembledforthedressrehearsalSaturdaythathadrolledhisankleandwantedtocompletetheperformancewhichhad15minutesremainingwhentheinjuryoccurredAccordingtoreportersfrom The Hollywood Reporter who were present, Hunt's injury occurred during the final commercial break and not while the actor-musician was on-stage.
Hunt, a Nashville musician who previously competed on Fox's The X Factor, returned to the stage following a nearly 30-minute delay. Executive producer Marc Platt and co-star Brandon Victor Dixon (who plays Tom) helped escort Hunt back onto the stage. Hunt was not put on any pressure on his right foot and declined to use crutches offered from a nearby production staffer. Producers shifted the stage direction for the final act so Hunt could sit at a table placed at center stage – the main loft location in Rent – with his right foot propped up on a chair.
In keeping with tradition, the central cast returned to the stage for a curtain call to the musical's beloved "Seasons of Love. " The stars of the Fox live performance was then joined by Rent 's original Broadway cast, including Adam Pascal, who originated the role of Roger. Following the first verse of the song, Pascal and Rent live star Jordan Fisher (fellow male lead Mark) joined the injured Hunt near the table on the stage for the remainder of the song and instrumental outtro. Hunt appeared crushed and upset. He was helped by the internship at Platt and a stage manager.
"It's funny, I'm having an easier time memorizing Jonathan Larson's work than my own songs," Hunt told THR during Rent 's press day. "I've been performing my own songs my whole life and somehow all these years I've messed up my own lyrics. So if that moment comes, I've gotten good at having a poker face and just kind of rolling. But I I think I'm not going to say I'm not going to mess up, but I hope I don't. "
Based on Larson's Tony- Rent is a rock musical loosely based on La Boheme that tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive and create a life in New York's East Village in the days of the Bohemian Alphabet City and under the shadow of HIV / AIDS. Larson died suddenly the night before Rent 's off-Broadway debut. Julie Larson, sister of late composer, fielded multiple offers over the years to bring her brother's Pulitzer Prize-winning musical to the small screen, but it wasn't until super-producer Platt ( La La Land Fox's Grease Live ) approached here for the second time – about two or three years ago – that it finally felt like the timing was right.
"The experience of putting together this beautiful new production of my brother's work, while emotional, has been truly joyful for all of us," Julie Larson said in a statement Sunday afternoon. " has always been about resilience and community. I speak from my heart when I say that we have a spectacular show for you tonight. We can't wait for a new generation to experience Jonathan's legacy. ”