The first revival of Rent may have recently closed, but the musical's heart lives on in original show star Anthony Rapp, thanks to his one-man show Without You. Based on his bestselling memoir Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss and the Musical ‘Rent’, the show recently played a summer run at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory, and now Rapp hopes to stage another production stateside.
“I just recorded the album, which PS Classics is going to put out in November, and the next place we’re going with it is Toronto in December,” Rapp told Broadway.com at the Broadway Flea Market. "We’re looking to come into New York some time after that."
After a summer abroad Rapp was glad to be back at New York and chat with friends and fans at the Flea Market, but there was one newly-minted Broadway star with whom he was thrilled to re-connect.
“I didn’t know him then, but Steve Kazee came to Rent and we met when he was a student,” Rapp said of the Tony winner. “He said some really incredible things about how meaningful that whole experience was for him, so to get to re-meet him as a peer after witnessing his incredible performance [in Once]? That was thrilling.”
In addition to Kazee (who recently posted an Instagram photo of his ‘90s days as a Rent fan), Rapp revealed he’s grown close to other former Rentheads, including another Tony winner: The Book of Mormon’s Nikki M. James.
“I talked to Nikki a lot. She would come backstage and I spent many days just chatting with her. She got to be pretty close with Jesse Martin,” said Rapp, “She was sort of like one our kids that we kind of have kept our eye on over the years. It's very, very special.”