Anthony Rapp, After “Rent”

I love the musical “Rent,” and when the show came out I especially became a fan of Anthony Rapp, who played videographer Mark Cohen in the original Broadway cast, in 1996. “Rent” was a success beyond the definition of success, and while this show is, so far, his major claim to fame, he has done a number of prominent roles in the theatre, film and on television. And, I’m kind of also partial to his solo CD “Look Around,” from 2000, which has (gasp) some lyrically gay songs.

In 2006 he released a book, a memoir, called “Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical Rent.” And last year that became a CD show, of his performance. And…I…loved….it. It not only goes through the story of how he became involved with “Rent,” but also is the very moving story of his dealing with the illness and then death of his mother from cancer. More than once I misted up just listening to it. It’s a musical and emotional triumph.

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