From BroadwayWorld: “In 1994 Anthony Rapp was working at a Starbucks and about to audition for Rent a new musical by a young guy named Jonathan Larson. An inspiring story about friends and artists struggling in New York’s Lower East Side, it was based loosely on Puccini’s La Bohème. Anthony got the part, but Jonathan died suddenly the night before the musical’s off-Broadway premiere.
This is where Without You begins. Rapp shares his experience of being a part of Rent – his audition, the casting process, rehearsals and his view from the stage during the tribute performance on the night after Jonathan’s tragic death. Without You also details Anthony’s achingly beautiful relationship with his mother during this turbulent time. Based on his New York Times best-selling memoir, Anthony Rapp, backed by a five-piece rock band uses a mix of original music and songs by Larson and R.E.M. in a stunning one-man show about grief, hope and triumph.
Anthony Rapp has been acting and singing professionally since he was nine years old. He is best known for originating the role of Mark Cohen Rent , for which he shared an OBIE Award with the rest of the cast. He reprised his role in Chris Columbus’ film version opposite other members of the original cast. His Broadway credits include the revival of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and John Guare’s Six Degrees of Separation . His Broadway debut was in Precious Sons with Judith Ivey and Ed Harris, for which he received an Outer Critics Circle Award and a Drama Desk nomination.
read this review from a performance in Pittsburgh