Rent Live Star Brennin Hunt Injured During Dress Rehearsal — But Show Will Go On
Brennin Hunt, who stars as struggling musician Roger Davis in Fox’s Rent Live, injured himself during a dress rehearsal on Saturday — one day before the show’s live broadcast.
“Last night during a live performance of FOX’s production of RENT, one of the actors, Brennin Hunt, was injured,” Fox Entertainment & 20th Century Fox Television said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE. “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 statement did not specify the nature of Hunt’s injury, but according to Variety, the actor has injured his ankle.
A source told TVLine that Fox may use some pre-taped material from the rehearsal and re-stage some of Hunt’s scenes to accommodate his injury for the broadcast.
Just hours before the broadcast on Sunday, Hunt shared a screenshot of Variety’s article about his injury via his Instagram Story but did not provide additional information.
According to Variety, Hunt was injured ahead of the musical’s final act. Although production momentary paused, Hunt reportedly finished the rehearsal.
Following the conclusion of the rehearsal, Hunt was taken to a hospital to assess the extent of his injury, the outlet reported.
“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,” executive producer Julie Larson said in another statement. “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.”
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Sunday’s exciting live performance also stars Vanessa Hudgens as performance artist Maureen, a role originated by Idina Menzel. Kiersey Clemons (Joanna), Brandon Victor Dixon (Collins), Jordan Fisher (Mark), Mario (Benny), Tinashe (Mimi) and Valentina (Angel) round out the cast.
Keala Settle (best known as the bearded-lady breakout star of The Greatest Showman) will also perform, singing stand-out song “Seasons of Love.”
Rent Live airs Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.
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