The actress lent her Tony Award-nominated voice to “Seasons of Love,” one of Rent‘s most iconic songs, sung at the top of the second act during a support group meeting for people diagnosed with HIV. Hit PLAY on the video above to watch Seattle’s big number.
Fox’s Rent stars Jordan Fisher (Grease: Live) as documentary filmmaker Mark Cohen, Brennin Hunt (The X Factor) as singer-songwriter Roger Davis, Tinashe (Dancing With the Stars) as night owl Mimi Marquez, Brandon Victor Dixon (Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert) as college professor Tom Collins, Valentina (RuPaul’s Drag Race) as drag queen Angel Dumott Schunard, Vanessa Hudgens (So You Think You Can Dance) as artist/activist Maureen Johnson, Kiersey Clemons (Angie Tribeca) as lawyer Joanne Jefferson and Mario (Empire) as traitor-to-the-cause Benjamin Coffin III.
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Later in the evening, cast members from Rent‘s original Broadway production — including Anthony Rapp, Idina Menzel, Jesse L. Martin, Wilson Jermaine Heredia, Rodney Hicks and Daphne Rubin-Vega — joined the live production’s cast for an epic performance of “Seasons of Love B.”
When Hunt suffered a broken ankle during a dress rehearsal on Saturday, there was much speculation about the fate of Sunday’s broadcast. “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,” read a joint statement released by FOX Entertainment and 20th Century Fox Television. In the end, Fox ended up airing mostly recycled footage from the dress rehearsal; only the last 15 minutes of the broadcast were actually live.