RENT, Rapp almost made it to Broadway 14 years earlier, but the show (The Little Prince and the Aviator) closed after 20 performances.
The actor eventually traveled to space in the queer-friendly Star Trek: Discovery as Lt. Commander Paul Stamets.But theater has been Rapp’s lifetime love.
His experience in RENT, which coincided with the tragic loss of its creator and Rapp’s mother, is the subject of his new Off-Broadway memoir musical, Anthony Rapp’s Without You, based on his 2006 book of the same name.
Rapp shares the story of his first audition (he was late and sang R.E.M.’s “Losing My Religion”) to the show’s triumphant Broadway opening, Tony Awards, and the Pulitzer Prize.