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Friday, August 31, 2007

Out in Film: Anthony Rapp

He is best known for his stage and screen performances as the passionate and loyal film director Mark Cohen in Jonathan Larson's seminal rock musical Rent, so it is no surprise that Anthony Rapp has found success in all three of his passions: theater, movies and music.

Rapp found his love of musicals at an early age, appearing in touring productions of Evita and The King and I. As a teenager, he made his film debut in Adventures in Babysitting, followed by supporting roles in School Ties, Dazed and Confused, Twister and (recreating his Broadway role) Six Degrees of Separation.

In 1994, Rapp began his involvement with the project that would change his life: Rent. Following its acclaimed Off-Broadway debut, the show took Broadway by storm, winning every award in sight and catapulting its cast to stardom. In addition to the 2005 movie version, Rapp also played Mark in the London production and recently returned to the Great White Way for a sold-out run.

Rapp starred as the title character in David Searching, a gay coming of age drama, and also co-starred in the films Road Trip and A Beautiful Mind. In addition to his acting, Rapp wrote a bestselling book entitled Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical Rent, and recorded his own solo CD, Look Around.

For a recent interview with Rapp, visit

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1 comment:

  1. Anthony Rapp is a genuine, real man who is not afraid to think and do outside the box. I think that is why he is so well loved. However, recently having seen him in concert, he is still singing the same songs he did many, many years ago. It makes me wonder if he has reverted to being "safe" than "adventuresome". I don't think I will see him in concert again. I've already seen him twice and it was practically the same concert. A few changes, but still about the same. Hope he updates and changes. We all do. But he played it too safe this last time and I kind of lost interest.