Breaking Down ‘Rent,’ The Not-Quite-Live TV Musical


By all accounts, Fox's broadcast of the trendy basic musical Rent on Sunday night time ought to have felt like a historic occasion — and in lots of respects, it did. The present's authentic Broadway director, Michael Greif, led a younger, energetic solid in a dynamic manufacturing that launched composer Jonathan Larson's songs and message of embracing "no day however at present" even within the face of grave adversity to a brand new technology. Star performances, from the likes of Vanessa Hudgens, Kiersey Clemons and Brandon Victor Dixon, lent jolts of electrical energy to the night. And superfans (aka Rentheads) rejoiced when the present's authentic Broadway solid reunited for a particular efficiency of signature anthem "Seasons of Love" on the night's finish.

But this Rent additionally wasn't fairly realized as deliberate: The manufacturing's Roger, Brennin Hunt, significantly injured his foot previous to Sunday's deliberate dwell broadcast — so, because the solid introduced early within the broadcast, audiences had been proven Saturday's gown rehearsal for almost all of the present (the published then reverted to dwell towards the very finish). Was the dress-rehearsal footage sufficient to satiate Rentheads and fulfill first-time viewers members? And if not, had been the present's different charms sufficient to offset the non-live expertise?

Billboard on Broadway host Rebecca Milzoff delves into all that with New York Times tradition reporter and fellow theater fan Dave Itzkoff on this week's episode of the podcast, capped with a name from castmember Mario, who displays on taking part in landlord Benny and the surprising flip Sunday's efficiency took.

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