Fox's Rent: Live Will Go on Despite Brennin Hunt's Injury

Hunt rolled his ankle during a performance on Saturday, Jan. 26.

By Chris Harnick Jan 27, 2019 10:20 PMTags
Related: "Rent: Live" Stars Discuss How They Fell In Love With the Musical

Fox's Rent show must go on—even with an injured actor.

Brennin Hunt, Roger in Fox's live musical production of the acclaimed musical Rent, said he broke his foot during dress rehearsal ahead of the Sunday, Jan. 27 telecast.

"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," Fox Entertainment and 20th Century Fox Television said in a statement.

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According to THR, portions of the live telecast will be from taped segments to accommodate Hunt's injury. There is no understudy. Julie Larson, sister to composer and playwright Jonathan Larson, the man behind Rent, commented on Hunt's injury in a statement.
 
"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," Larson, who is also an executive producer on the live production, said in a statement.

Hunt previously told E! News that Rent was the first Broadway show he ever saw. Hear more from him in the video above.

The cast of Rent on Fox also includes Jordan Fisher, Tinashe, Brandon Victor Dixon, Valentina, Vanessa Hudgens, Kiersey Clemons and Mario.

Rent airs live on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. on Fox.

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