Tonight on Fox, you are going to have a chance to see a Rent Live production that could bring with it all sorts of spectacle. It is also one that must have required a great deal of last-second changes due to an incident that happened behind the scenes. Per TVLine of the actors on the show in Brennin Hunt suffered a broken ankle last night, which means that there may be some changes that have to happen at the very last minute. Apparently, there was no clear understudy for this role, which means that he may have to find a way to push forward.
“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.”
The report notes that there may need to be some pre-recorded segments in order to ensure that everything goes according to plan with the production, or that certain elements of the show be re-staged.
Here is what producer Julie Larson, the sister of the late Rent reader Jonathan Larson, had to say on the subject:
“The experience of putting together this beautiful new production of my brother’s work, while emotional, has been truly joyous for all of us. This new cast has embodied the spirit of the show from day one and they embraced Brennin with positive and uplifting love in his moment of need. Rent 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.”
We anticipate that what we will get is a reminder of the cast and crew’s resiliency, and a story that is emotional, powerful, and also different than many others that are out there. We know that there are some elements of Rent that do matter very much in this present-day climate and this broadcast couple help to pass the story along to a new generation. We do think that there are probably many people out there who are going to have a chance to experience this story for the first time tonight; we just hope that it does get ample attention; Fox did have a lot of success with their live Grease broadcast, though this is admittedly a much more familiar musical to many.
Of course, we’re sending our best wishes to the entire Rent cast on the performance tonight, especially in light of recent events. We’ll have more discussion on the matter soon. (Photo: Fox.)