To be fair, Rent is an anomaly when it comes to television's live theater productions.
About 20 minutes into the show, after a few scenes labeled as "previously recorded", the entire cast gathered on stage to explain what had happened.
The creators were unable to respond after Brennin Hunt's broken foot, even though examples from Broadway abound, including Andy Karl finishing a preview of Groundhog Day with the use of a cane in 2017 after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament.
The show must go on!... sort of.
He concluded: 'In the words of [Rent creator] Jonathan Larson, no day but today'.
The original Joanne, Fredi Walker, was with Idina for Sunday's finale, as were original cast members Anthony Rapp, Adam Pascal, Daphne Rubin-Vega and more.
Instead of using the "show must go on", "take me for what I am" mentality, Fox made a decision to air footage from the dress rehearsal, while the actual live audience got to see a table read of the show with Hunt in a wheelchair.
Hunt had shared an Instagram video of his foot in a plaster cast, and thanked his friends for their support backstage. They've showered me with love and kindness, which is the essence of this musical, and I am just truly honored and blessed to be a part of this Rent family, and I hope you guys enjoy tonight'.
The show is adapted from the 19th century Puccini opera La Boheme, and Vanessa's character is based on the character Musetta.
It tells the story of young struggling artists in Lower Manhattan's Alphabet City and the shadow of HIV/AIDS.
However, producers appealed to dedicated Rent fans by bringing out members of the original Broadway cast to perform Seasons of Love alongside their younger TV counterparts.