Since its Off Broadway debut, Rent has been the stuff of showbiz drama — not just onstage but also backstage. Tragically, its creator Jonathan Larson died suddenly just before the soon-to-be-iconic musical opened in 1996, yet the show still went on to great Tony-winning success, followed by a film version.
Earlier this year, Fox staged it as a live TV musical on which more drama struck when Brennin Hunt, who played struggling musician Roger, broke his foot during a dress rehearsal the night before the live broadcast, and the producers had to scramble to save it.
As part of Deadline’s fourth annual The Contenders Emmys all-day event, cast members and producers joined me in front of a packed audience of TV Academy and guild voters to give us the inside story of what happened that night and how they pulled it all off. On the panel were executive producer Adam Siegel; executive producer/TV director Alex Rudzinski; Julie Larson, executive producer and sister of Jonathan Larson; and co-stars Vanessa Hudgens and via satellite Brandon Victor Dixon.
Check out our conversation in the video above.
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