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Rent on Fox Star Brennin Hunt Injured During Dress Rehearsal

Hunt is slated to play Roger in tonight's live broadcast in a modified capacity.

Brennin Hunt (fourth from left), who stars as Roger in Rent on Fox, injured himself last night during a dress rehearsal.
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TheaterMania has been notified by the publicity team for Fox's live production of Rent that Brennin Hunt, who stars as Roger, injured himself during a run-through performance last night.

The following statement was released: "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."

Jonathan Larson's sister, Julie Larson, added the following: "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."

The Fox cast of Rent does not have standby performers, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, tonight's broadcast may include pre-recorded segments from last night's dress rehearsal (Brennin's injury occurred within the last 15 minutes of the run-through). The level of his participation in the broadcast this evening, however, is still unknown.

In addition to Hunt, the featured cast of Rent on Fox includes Jordan Fisher as Mark Cohen, Tinashe as Mimi Marquez, Vanessa Hudgens as Maureen Johnson, Brandon Victor Dixon as Tom Collins, Valentina as Angel Dumott Schunard, Kiersey Clemons as Joanna Jefferson, and Mario as Benjamin Coffin III. Keala Settle will serve as the "Seasons of Love" soloist.

The musical airs tonight on Fox at 8pm ET.