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“Rent Live”, the show must go on

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“Rent Live”, the show must go on

Rent live premiered at 8pm on Fox on Sunday, January 27th.

Rent live premiered at 8pm on Fox on Sunday, January 27th.

Sammi Stec

Rent live premiered at 8pm on Fox on Sunday, January 27th.

Sammi Stec

Sammi Stec

Rent live premiered at 8pm on Fox on Sunday, January 27th.

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“Rent Live” was intended to premiere last night, January 27th, but there was a hiccup with an injury from a rehearsal the day before.

Brennin Hunt, a musical artist cast as the role of Roger in “Rent Live,” rolled his ankle right before the finale of the recorded dress rehearsal Saturday night. All day Sunday, Brennin still posted on his Instagram story about the performance and his excitement. Later in the afternoon, he posted a screenshot of a Variety article titled “‘Rent’ Star Injured in Live Rehearsal, Original Broadway Cast to Appear.” However, he did not mention anything about not performing in the live performance. In fact, an hour before the live premiered, Hunt posted a video of Craig Ames, a costume designer for Rent, sewing his pants to fit the cast on his ankle. All of this made the forever fans believe that the show would indeed go on.


As the show began, the first words to appear at the bottom of the screen were “Previously Recorded.” Immediately questions were floating around about the prerecorded “live” musical. Before the second commercial break, the entire cast appeared on the screen explaining Hunt’s injury and that the recorded dress rehearsal from the previous night was being showed for that reason. They also mentioned that the finale would be live including Brennin Hunt, as well as the original Broadway cast.

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Roger sings “Your Eyes” to Mimi as he thinks she is dying in his arms.

Many people took to social media criticizing the situation. Some people were frustrated it wasn’t really live, while others were supportive. People who bought tickets for the live were not happy. They watched the recording on monitors, and later in the night the cast rolled Hunt on in a wheelchair as they performed various songs. Many of the fans did not understand why there wasn’t an understudy like a normal Broadway show. Some were not happy, but others understood considering the circumstances.

Nonetheless, the show went on. The recorded rehearsal had no issues and there was a live audience cheering the cast on throughout as well. It seemed just like a normal showing of a live musical.

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The original Broadway cast joins in to sing “Seasons of Love” with the live cast.

As the cast promised, after the last commercial break, it was live till the end. Roger (Hunt) was sitting on the table in his apartment with his foot up on a chair, cast visible, and performed the final scenes of the show with the cast. The finale included the original Broadway cast joining in to sing “Seasons of Love,” an iconic song from the show. As the both casts ran around the set, danced, and sang, Hunt was still sitting on the table in the middle of the stage. Hunt as well as the rest of the cast was determined to make the finale something special. It was a moving performance, live or recorded.

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