Idina Menzel Surprises ‘Rent: Live’ Audience

Fox’s “Rent: Live” became the talk of social media Sunday but not for reasons it wanted. The live broadcast actually wasn’t so live, after a lead actor broke his foot during a dress rehearsal. With no understudy, the producers opted for the pre-recorded dress rehearsal footage that was never intended to air. However, the broadcast did go live for the big "Seasons of Love" finale with members of the original 1996 Broadway cast, including Idina Menzel.

76 Comments:

IoTheKingOfGames
IoTheKingOfGames:
Their mistake: no understudy!!!
gfan84
gfan84:
Taking the phrase "break a leg" too seriously.
Ed Reid
Ed Reid:
What happened to the concept of having an understudy in case something happens, like someone breaking their foot?.....All that hype....down the drain....for a half ass broadcast of a dress rehearsal...
Xiomara Umanzor
Xiomara Umanzor:
Nothing about RENT went according to plan... the tragic death of Johnathan Larson wasn’t planned but they still managed to continue and look what we got 23 years of this amazing musical
_Bob McCoy
_Bob McCoy:
*_Lisa Guerrero wants to hear them hit every note_*
Harrison Levin
Harrison Levin:
Vanessa hugens is honestly so beutiful and such a nice girl
I WANT MY SLAW!!
I WANT MY SLAW!!:
1:33 seriously? You drew an arrow to show where his foot is? So apparently you think that we're all complete idiots who have no idea where the foot is located on the human body.
erin troxel
erin troxel:
Your understudy should have an understudy. Especially at this level of performance. It's to bad so much effort went in and still the cast and crew didn't get the opportunity they deserved. Hopefully with better planning they will get to show us. Hope the guy heals up all good. What a trooper wheeling himself around for the audience haha 💪♥️🤘
Bettina Pfeiffenberger
Bettina Pfeiffenberger:
For those of us that have never truly seen it live, it was pretty amazing!!!
Serenity Renne
Serenity Renne:
I will pay the *RENT*
Myra Kelley
Myra Kelley:
How you not have a understudy 🤦🏾‍♀️always good to have a understudy even if the show not actually running for a long period of time it wasn’t all that good some actors singing was a little off
But I liked it and they should do another live when the actor is healed so it can ACTUALLY BE LIVE
Kristina Gutheil
Kristina Gutheil:
How was it a surprise they literally said we reworked the ending and will be joined by the original broadway cast!
FMJ Skywalker
FMJ Skywalker:
I was Billy Cane in our Hays High School production of “Bright Star” and the night before opening night I jumped off a swing and compound fractured my ankle. My friend had to learn my part in one day. I feel for whoever played Roger😂
rawrbro69
rawrbro69:
Now I think about it they shoulda showed any parts with roger pre recorded any any parts without him (or less of him) live
James Chanda
James Chanda:
I saw this on Broadway, and after the 1st break, I thought it was the end.. honestly I was not impressed. but I did get to see that American Idol girl :)
Frisk_Under
Frisk_Under:
It wasn’t that bad they were good singers. It’s just some of the song parts were bad but it’s because what we were given was a run through or a simple dress rehearsal. Honestly what we were given was beautiful and the show must go on!
Anna Cairns
Anna Cairns:
Why not broadcast him in the wheelchair?
pbscraze
pbscraze:
This made up for everything!!!!
oy59
oy59:
what a disaster
Becca Darin
Becca Darin:
Always👏have👏a👏understudy!👏
Ooh
Ooh:
This song just makes my heart so sad. Only glee fans will know :(
Hyumn Oozy
Hyumn Oozy:
Liked the video!
Taibou Sow
Taibou Sow:
Seasons Of Love ❤️
Ryan Henry
Ryan Henry:
Idk what key Idina thought she was singing it but it wasn’t the right one.
kitty
kitty:
ADAM PAASCAAAAALLLL
Lily Wood
Lily Wood:
I've never watched the original Rent before but I thought the broken ankle was part of the play😊
TDItaly98
TDItaly98:
The original cast saved it
Damion Guinn
Damion Guinn:
Rent: (Not so) LIVE
BLOODYMONKEY
BLOODYMONKEY:
Well no more live shows such a f up
Isaiah Williams
Isaiah Williams:
Is this still going to get a DVD release date?
Ailine Ycot
Ailine Ycot:
Lisa guerero again
Every time i read a comment i see name of Lisa Guerero again..😂😂😂😂
Milla
Milla:
:):
theatergeek82
theatergeek82:
I have to say even though it wasn't great but I did enjoy seeing the original cast again
Ray Mak
Ray Mak:
Kpop style
Katrina Smith
Katrina Smith:
I honstely didnt know it wasnt live until the snip of vanessa saying it. And all honesty it was pretty good. I have no complaints.
3 Beats
3 Beats:
First and also great video!!!!!
Sue Tagliaferro
Sue Tagliaferro:
The sound was horrendous!!?
Metra force
Metra force:
*Lisa Guerrero would've singed with them about a confront song*
Abbey Rickardsdottir
Abbey Rickardsdottir:
I say that Rent Live was very good. Im glad the producers had some way to put the show on. And every station should do this in case something happens to on of their stars
Flamezzz
Flamezzz:
Ha🤣
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PITTSBURGH GIRL lisa ROXXI sandoval
PITTSBURGH GIRL lisa ROXXI sandoval:
*IDINA MENZEL IS...*
TheFoxFan
TheFoxFan:
There should always be understudies, alternates and swings for this very reason.
Kristofer Wilson
Kristofer Wilson:
It left a lot (to me personally) to be desired, but my one complaint is that yes it was a dress rehearsal, but as a person who does theatre, its very well known all rehearsal the week before opening need to be at opening night caliber
Nathalie
Nathalie:
I hope they find another date to perform it for real but that's probably not gonna happen
Myashii
Myashii:
Who’s she
-Leafy Leaf-
-Leafy Leaf-:
First...







o.o
GGBABE
GGBABE:
very good!
Tessa Martin
Tessa Martin:
Not having an understudy = huge regret. Just why?
waverly2468
waverly2468:
So how did it compare to the 2005 movie ??
Madelyne Martinez
Madelyne Martinez:
Right
WEJCYN p
WEJCYN p:
what producer in their right mind not hire a understudy? come on live tv , like live theatre anything can happen.
Hey yall
Hey yall:
None of these would have happened if they casted understudies
Zoe Janes
Zoe Janes:
i think it is really unfair with the reviews. the performance WAS still in front of a live audience. the performances were all decent to amazing (you know who falls where) especially since that footage was never meant to be seen by the public. brennin couldn't help getting injured.
Natalie M.
Natalie M.:
Lisa Guerrero would of investigate the stage production and would of seen exactly wha happened when the actor broke his foot!!! 😩😩😩😂😂
Real Fear storyline
Real Fear storyline:
She sexy
Legodog890
Legodog890:
That must have bee akward for ever9
The Swap Meet Flea NC9/GDP
The Swap Meet Flea NC9/GDP:
*_Who???_*
view sopt
view sopt:
She sexy 👙👠💋
classyboy04
classyboy04:
It was still great to me
slurp
slurp:
No one mentioned that song from The Office for Michael
Augie Valdez
Augie Valdez:
as someone that LOVES Rent, this is so awful. How this got 5 nominations is beyond me. Very underwhelming and uninspiring performance.
Sean
Sean:
I was so excited but oh well
greg ap
greg ap:
I don't understand why they didn't have an understudy to replace the actor.
LTK_ Viled
LTK_ Viled:
I better stop getting ads on it. Anyone else agree😠
Rafael Henrique
Rafael Henrique:
I'm just seeing this and I think RENT is one musical not about 'hitting' the right notes. If history thought us so, RENT is a state of mind. I had no idea it wasn't live or the mishaps but it was still a good show.
lupe220 s
lupe220 s:
First comment 🤟🤟🤟🤟🤟
lupe220 s
lupe220 s:
First!!!!!!!
Lily Lutz
Lily Lutz:
Idina literally didn't age at all.
A Yap
A Yap:
Adel Dazeem is great
Julia Dong
Julia Dong:
My algebra teacher went to high school with Idina Menzel! Idina recently went back to their old high school to make a documentary. My teacher said that she remembered when they were in chorus Idina would get all of the solo parts cause her voice was amazing!
Megagirlgamer
Megagirlgamer:
Jeez it's not his fault he broke his foot
Jade Smith
Jade Smith:
Break a leg...Oh no!..Bring back the Wiz and fun shows. Rent is depressing.
Its Moes World
Its Moes World:
I think people felt let down because the originals and the movie cast was hitting them big notes and sounding incredible where as the younger ones wasn’t because they couldn’t.
SUPERCORP Sunday
SUPERCORP Sunday:
Its sounds like garbage.
BTBEV3469
BTBEV3469:
Sadly, not using understudies has been the norm on these one-off "Live" events by NBC & Fox. And it almost occurred on the first one as well at "The Sound of Music on NBC. Carrie Underwood was extremely ill the week of the show and barely survived the broadcast. Had that show gone down the tubes, the live musical genre might have died that night. And perhaps that would have been ok in the case of "Peter Pan Live" and "A Christmas Story Live". LOL!
SUPERCORP Sunday
SUPERCORP Sunday:
Too much people singing.