(Contextual note: late night of conference sessions and networking. Will this post get finished and published before midnight? Enjoy the mystery and suspense. Tick-tock, tick-tick.)
I mentioned that one of the reasons I didn’t post Sunday night is that I got sucked into the telecast of Rent (intended to be) Live.
Those of you who follow news of the Broadway and musical theater variety probably know a lot of what happened, sir I won’t do too much of a detailed recap: actor Brennin Hunt, who was playing Roger, broke his foot about 3/4 of the way through Saturday’s dress rehearsal. The seriousness of the injury mandated that he legitimately could not “play through the pain” as has happened in other live musical telecasts. Instead, Fox went to their contingency plan. Instead of showing a live performance in the Sunday night time slot, they aired footage of Saturday’s rehearsal, which was taped precisely for this “in case of emergency” circumstance.
Vox is unflinching and unforgiving in its criticism of that choice and the suggestion of alternate courses of action the production might have taken instead, including an especially, finally letting go of the dependence on star power and name recognition to actually have understudies hired and prepared as part of the cast. And I can’t bring myself to argue with much (or any?) of Vox’s suggestions here. And yet…
I really kind of liked the show.
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