How ‘Rent’ Is Handling Its Star’s Broken Foot


Actor Brennin Hunt, who performs Roger within the Fox ensemble, sustained the harm on Saturday evening close to the tip of the gown rehearsal of the three-hour musical.

Producers behind Fox's Rent musical needed to scramble forward of Sunday's stay broadcast to accommodate their injured star.

Actor-musician Brennin Hunt, who performs one of many male leads, Roger, suffered what he known as a damaged proper foot close to the tip of the three-hour gown rehearsal on Saturday (Jan. 26). The community and producers — together with the household of late Rent creator Jonathan Larson — insisted in a press release Sunday afternoon that the present would go on. In a video posted to his Instagram account minutes earlier than Rent stay was poised to start, Hunt revealed that the manufacturing was altering his costume as he was set to take the stage with a large solid masking his proper foot and ankle. "They’ve showered me with love and kindness, which is the essence of this musical," Hunt mentioned within the video.

As was the case with Fox's 2016 stay musical, the back-up plan known as to make use of footage from Saturday's gown rehearsal and intercut it with stay scenes. Hunt, who was rushed to the hospital following the tip of Saturday's rehearsal, took the stage Sunday for the stay broadcast. Unlike conventional Broadway reveals, Fox doesn't have understudies for any of its stay musical solid. Rent is a bodily demanding musical with the Roger character, amongst others, concerned in lots of dancing and speeding up and down stairs throughout a number of units. 

Hunt opened the telecast with Roger's guitar solo in a scene that included a "beforehand recorded" be aware on the display as Hunt wandered the stage, climbed stairs and jumped on tables forward of his harm, which occurred forward of the final act in Saturday's gown rehearsal. The pre-recorded first act included Hunt's solo, "One Song Glory," and duet "Light My Candle," with Tinashe's Mimi.

Follow the tip of the primary act, your complete solid — save for Hunt — was seen stay to inform viewers that "a lot" of what Fox's broadcast will come from Saturday's gown rehearsal. The stars revealed that the ultimate scene of Sunday's broadcast shall be "reworked" and carried out stay with Hunt in addition to the celebs from the unique Broadway solid.  

Stage director Michael Greif (Dear Evan Hansen) — who helmed Rent's authentic New York Theatre Workshop and Broadway productions — instructed the greater than 1,000 assembled for the gown rehearsal Saturday that Hunt had rolled his ankle and needed to finish the efficiency, which had 15 minutes remaining when the harm occurred. According to reporters from The Hollywood Reporter who have been current, Hunt's harm occurred throughout the ultimate industrial break and never whereas the actor-musician was on-stage. 

Hunt, a Nashville musician who beforehand competed on Fox's The X Factor, returned to the stage following a virtually 30-minute delay. Executive producer Marc Platt and co-star Brandon Victor Dixon (who performs Tom) helped escort Hunt again onto the stage. Hunt was not placing any stress on his proper foot and declined to make use of crutches supplied from a close-by manufacturing staffer. Producers shifted the stage course for the ultimate act so Hunt may sit atop a desk positioned at middle stage — the primary loft location in Rent — along with his proper foot propped up on a chair. Hunt accomplished the efficiency lacking his proper shoe as his ankle was swelling.

In conserving with Rent custom, the central solid returned to the stage for a curtain name Saturday evening to sing the musical's beloved "Seasons of Love." The stars of the Fox stay efficiency have been then joined by Rent's authentic Broadway solid, together with Adam Pascal, who originated the function of Roger. Following the primary verse of the track, Pascal and Rent stay star Jordan Fisher (fellow male lead Mark) joined the injured Hunt close to the desk on the stage for the rest of the track and instrumental outtro. Hunt appeared crestfallen and upset. He was helped off the stage by Platt and a stage supervisor and brought to the hospital.

Based on Larson's Tony-winning hit, Rent is a rock musical loosely primarily based on La Boheme that tells the story of a bunch of impoverished younger artists struggling to outlive and create a life in New York's East Village within the days of the Bohemian Alphabet City and beneath the shadow of HIV/AIDS. Larson died out of the blue the evening earlier than Rent's off-Broadway debut. Julie Larson, sister of late composer, fielded a number of gives over time to deliver her brother's Pulitzer Prize-winning musical to the small display, but it surely wasn't till super-producer Platt (La La Land, Fox's Grease Live) approached her for the second time — about two or three years in the past — that it lastly felt just like the timing was proper.

"The expertise of placing collectively this lovely new manufacturing of my brother’s work, whereas emotional, has been really joyous for all of us," Julie Larson mentioned in a press release Sunday afternoon. "This new solid has embodied the spirit of the present from day one they usually embraced Brennin with optimistic and uplifting love in his second of want. Rent has all the time been about resilience and neighborhood. I communicate from my coronary heart after I say that we now have a spectacular present for you tonight. We can’t look ahead to a brand new technology to expertise Jonathan’s legacy.”

This article initially appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.