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Here Are 525,600 Perfect Tweets About ‘Rent Live!’

Published on January 28th, 2019 | Updated on March 25th, 2019 | By FanFest

After months of anticipation, Fox’s performance of Rent: Live finally hit the small screen last night and while it wasn’t what anyone was expecting, the show shared the same heart and beautiful message that fans have come to love over the decades. The one major hiccup was that Brennin Hunt who played Roger, unfortunately, broke his ankle during the show’s dress rehearsal the night before the premiere, making him unable to perform live. So, FOX made the decision to air nearly the entire show using footage from the dress rehearsal where it looked like a majority of the cast were not bringing their full A-game.

RENT: Brennin Hunt in RENT airing Sunday, Jan. 27 (8:00-11:00 PM ET LIVE/PT TAPE-DELAYED) on FOX. ©2019 Fox Broadcasting C
CR: Ray Mickshaw/FOX

However, the last 15 minutes of the show did eventually go live, with Hunt and his boot perched on a table, and it was fabulous. The energy was there and the cast, which included Jordan Fisher, Mario, Vanessa Hudgens and Brandon Victor Dixon, were giving it everything they had. The final number also reunited the Rent: Live cast with the Original Broadway cast including Idina Menzel, Taye Diggs, Adam Pascal, and Anthony Rapp, for a touching rendition of “Seasons of Love”. It was an absolutely stunning conclusion.

RENT: Original cast members in RENT airing Sunday, Jan. 27 (8:00-11:00 PM ET LIVE/PT TAPE-DELAYED) on FOX. ©2019
Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Kevin Estrada/FOX

Of course, when it comes to live musicals on TV, a majority of folks are there just to see if the ship will sail or sink. It was hard to judge Fox’s performance though because it wasn’t live and the cast didn’t actually know that the dress rehearsal is what would end up being aired, but that didn’t stop Twitter. While I said there were 525,600 tweets in this article, hopefully, you’ll enjoy the 32 I picked below!

RENT: L-R: Vanessa Hudgens, Jordan Fisher and cast members in RENT airing Sunday, Jan. 27 (8:00-11:00 PM ET LIVE/PT TAPE-DELAYED) on FOX. ©2019 Fox Broadcasting Co
CR: Kevin Estrada/FOX

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What did you think of Rent: Live? Would you have rather them done it with Hunt in the wheelchair? Should the cast get the chance to do it again? Let us know your thoughts!

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