During the first commercial break of Rent Live on Sunday, the cast of the show shared that they will be airing a pre-taped run of the show because of a broken ankle sustained by Brennin Hunt during Saturday’s dress rehearsal. Hunt plays the central role of Roger in the show.
Pre-recorded segments of the show will air and some portions of the show will be live in an effort to assist Hunt– he did not have an understudy. It is unclear at this point which portions will air live.
Speaking to press during press day for the show, director Alex Rudzinski told reporters, “We actually don’t have stand-ins… What we do have is a backup recording from the night [before]. The night before we do a full dress rehearsal on camera to tape, so should the metaphorical meteor hit the studio, we can switch to that backup recording, and it’s with an audience, and so there is a degree of backup there. Actually, I think on Grease we lost sound for eight seconds and we switched. I think we had to switch to the backup for eight seconds, and no one noticed.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hunt’s injury occurred during the final commercial break of Saturday’s show. The actor was not onstage at the time.
In a joint statement, Fox Entertainment & 20th Century Fox TV said, “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 Twittersphere exploded with confusion on Sunday night, with many people questioning which sections were live, and which were pre-recorded.