Before a theatrical performance, it is a tradition to wish the actors good luck by saying "break a leg".
But Brennin Hunt, the star of Fox television, the live adaptation of the musical Rent, took the phrase literally.
He broke his foot on the last rehearsals on Saturday and could not perform on Sunday.
This meant that the majority of the show had to combine rehearsal footage with the live show.
The opening scene, in which Hunt's character Roger plays a guitar solo, contained a "pre-recorded" note on the screen.
The last act was sustained as a live performance, with the injured actor sitting on a table and supporting his leg bound in a black cast on a chair.
The other actors adapted when they could not move.
For the finale, the stars of the original 1996 performance of Rent on Broadway joined the live performers on stage to sing their most famous song, Seasons of Love.
Brennin Hunt joined the ensemble in a wheelchair.
Fox, who has also broadcast live remakes of the musicals Grease and A Christmas Story, has no cast for his cast.
Rent follows a group of young artists at the height of the HIV / AIDS epidemic in the 1980s.
It was written by Jonathan Larson, who suddenly died in 1993, a day before the show premiered.
Apart from Hunt's injury, the performance received mediocre reviews. The Washington Post said the sound quality is "wild."
CNN Entertainment said, "Anyone who has seen Rent on stage in all its lush splendor probably remembers the litter he personally delivered, and Fox's television program could not be considered a pale imitation feel."
But Vanessa Hudgens & # 39; High School Musical as polyamorous performance artist Maureen Johnson had an overwhelmingly positive response on Twitter.