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Live TV: #RentLive, #RentNotLive, It’s Still RENT! – And It Was Great!

Sunday night brought a very important event to live TV, and no, I’m not talking about the SAG Awards. Fox network aired a “live” version of RENT with an all star cast including Vanessa Hudgens, Tinashe, Mario, and many more.

This play is not the first live musical performance aired on TV (see Grease, The Sound of Music, Jesus Christ Superstar, and more), but it is by far the raunchiest. And it’s the first to have a last minute incident resulting in the “live” showing being mostly pre-recorded footage. What happened? Brennin Hunt, the actor playing the lead role of Roger, broke his foot during the final dress rehearsal the night before and was unable to perform any of his choreography for the actual show. As a result Fox chose to air footage from the dress rehearsal for the majority of the show. Although they did cut back to live for an epic finale with the OG movie crew and the internet had all the feels.

Here are a few of the best reactions to the historic event:

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I don’t think a single RENT fan had a dry eye watching the OG cast in the final number ?

Thanks to the live audience we have a few shots of the actual Sunday night version. This prompted a few viewers to suggest they would have rather seen Hunt perform the show live in the wheelchair. What do you think? Did Fox make the right call by airing the pre-recorded version?

The broken ankle incident did leave us all with a few lessons learned! And a glowing review for Vanessa Hudgens…

Let’s just say she has come a long way from High School Musical days; from “Start of Something New” to “Take Me or Leave Me.”

And then there were the commercials. While the placement of the Truvada ad makes sense with the show’s content the nature of the drug’s cost did not sit well with the public.

But whhhyyyyy ? Thankfully it’s still available to rent on Amazon Prime. (Pun not intended…)

Can we keep the happy nostalgic musical mood just a little longer before dealing with the reality of the world news lately? Please?

Accurate. You can now find me pretending I’m in my own version of RENT while doing every day tasks like walking down the sidewalk.

What musical would you like to see on live TV next? Let us know in the comments below.

 

#RENTOnFox #RentLive #RentNotLive

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