10 Highlights from “Rent: Live”

Rent: Live
photo from Rent on Fox's Facebook page

Fox just aired a live TV special of the musical Rent starring Tinashe (Mimi Marquez), Jordan Fisher (Mark), Brennin Hunt (Roger), Vanessa Hudgens (Maureen Johnson), Brandon Dixon (Tom Collins), Valentina (Angel Schunard), Kiersey Clemons (Joanne Jefferson), and Mario (Benny).

According to The Hollywood Reporter, lead actor Brennin Hunt suffered an injury to his right foot near the end of the dress rehearsal on Saturday, the night before the show was set to air live on Fox. To salvage the situation, the broadcast used footage from Saturday’s dress rehearsal and intercut it with live performances.

Michael Greif, the director of Rent’s original Broadway production, oversaw the stage direction of the live musical, and Alex Rudzinksi served as the live television director.
It hasn’t aired here yet, so we took to Twitter to see all the best moments. Here are some of them:

1. Jordan Fisher and Brennin Hunt sing the rousing titular number, ‘Rent’!

2. Tinashe and Brennin Hunt sing the duet, ‘Light My Candle.’

3. The company of Rent: Live performs the poignant number, ‘Will I?’

4. Brandon Dixon and Valentina sing ‘I’ll Cover You.’

5. Kiersey Clemons sings the solo, ‘We’re Okay.’

6. Keala Settle leads the company in performing the iconic number, ‘Seasons of Love.’

7. Vanessa Hudgens sings ‘Take Me or Leave Me!”

8. Brandon Dixon slays ‘I’ll Cover You (Reprise).’

9. The entire company of Rent: Live comes together for Finale B!

10. Original cast members of Broadway’s Rent, Idina Menzel, Taye Diggs, Adam Pascak, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Anthony Rapp, Jesse L. Martin, Wilson Jermaine Heredia, and Fredi Walke, join the Rent: Live cast during Act 2’s ‘Seasons of Love.’

Idina Menzel, original Maureen Johnson, hugs Vanessa Hudgens during the show.

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