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Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical Rent

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Anthony Rapp captures the passion and grit unique to the theatre world as he recounts his life-changing experience in the original cast of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Rent.

Anthony had a special feeling about Jonathan Larson's rock musical from his first audition, so he was thrilled when he landed a starring role as the filmmaker Mark Cohen. With his mom's cancer i
ebook, 320 pages
Published October 31st 2006 by Simon & Schuster (first published February 7th 2006)
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I’ve wanted to read this for a while, but not before seeing at least the movie version of Rent. Off to the library I went and borrowed a copy of both film and book. I’m certain I would have appreciated this story, loosely based on Puccini's La Bohème, a lot more in its original version as a play, and had I been about 30 years younger. Back then I probably would have been able to empathize with a cast of talentless characters who wanted to succeed as artists, but who could barely keep a roof over ...more
Very good. I was inspired to read it because I'm going to see Rent this weekend, starring original Broadway (and movie) cast members Rapp and Adam Pascal. Rapp was very open and honest in this book, sharing primarily his memories of his journey as one of the original members of the Rent cast, through Jonathan Larson's death and opening on Broadway, and most of all through his mother's life and death. Having lost my mother to cancer as well, I really identified with a lot of what he went through. ...more
Overshare? Why, yes I will, thank you. For a condensed review: This is a great memoir, not just about Rent, but about grief and love and honesty. For way more information about most-likely-irrelevant-to-you connections I made to my own experience, read here...(view spoiler) ...more
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I met Anthony at summer camp and we only really chatted once. Even then, I think everyone recognized his incredible talent and so he had a reputation of being one of the kids who was going to make it really big. I also remember both the guys he talked about in the book - Ben was so funny and I remember him always cracking us up. He was always on the edge and even then I worried for him because despite being totally hilarious, he seemed, well... too close to the edge. It was so sad to hear the st ...more
Sarah Arant
My advice to Anthony Rapp would be to stick to acting and not writing. Either that, or don't be ambiguous about the contents of what he is writing.
This book should not have included "and the Musical Rent" in the title, because I honestly felt that he touched very little on the subject. I was under the impression upon going into this book that it would have been more focused on his time working with the show, especially since he was there since the start, and his experience through it all and NO
Let me preface this review by saying that I absolutely love the musical Rent...and I've loved it for a long time. In fact, although I'm certainly not as hardcore as some Rentheads, I've even seen the musical three times.

That being said, I found the actual writing of this memoir almost painful to digest...perhaps for the simple fact that Anthony Rapp is an actor, and a very talented one at that. But he's not a writer. And while I found his stories about how he became involved in Rent, his strugg
Anyone who follows my Twitter account knows this book absolutely devastated me. I read it on two legs of a cross-country flight and the people around me were absolutely giving me concerned looks as I teared up and sniffled and once even stopped reading, set the book down and closed my eyes to take deep breaths. It hit home.

So much of Anthony Rapp's life parallels my own. Not perfectly, of course -- I'm not claiming to be the man's twin. There are some obvious differences -- the successful theate
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I love Rent and I love Anthony Rapp. I just saw the show for the umpteenth time because he toured with Adam Pascal. I first saw the show in NYC, but the originals were already gone (1998). What a duo. I wish the entire original cast would regroup for a tour...I would pay big bucks to see them all, especially Idina, Adam, Mark, Jesse, and Taye.

I enjoyed the insight into Rapp's life, but mostly enjoyed the morsels about the start of Rent and the evolution of the show. I think only true fans of Re
I'm a big fan of both RENT and Anthony Rapp, so I was ecstatic to finally read this book. It did not disappoint. I've read it twice and a refuse to get rid of it because I know I'll read it again. For anyone that has ever dealt with terminal illness, loss, guilt, love, passion, hate, this is a must read. Not for RENT-heads alone, this book will speak to everyone.
Mark Fenrir
I really wanted to enjoy this book, as I love Anthony's rendition of Mark Cohen, and Rent has been an important part of my life for some ten years now. However, despite some great moments here and there, the book as a whole is very monotonous, with notable issues that hamper it from being a good read.

The flaw that stands out the most to me are the dialogues, which most of the time feel pointless. Many of them are a sequence of "Yeah" and "I know", and could have been replaced by narration to giv
Anthony Rapp rievoca il suo percorso in Rent e le vicende familiari/esistenziali che hanno accompagnato tale percorso.
Le parti che mi sono risultate più interessanti sono quelle dedicate al rapporto con la madre. Per quanto riguarda, invece, lo spettacolo, sono rimasta molto delusa: prolisso, eccessivamente elogiativo, non ha riportato alcun aneddoto significativo. Insopportabili le pagine dedicate a Jonathan Larson: certamente un artista di grande levatura ma Anthony esagera negli encomi, nel s
Anthony Rapp, may be a good actor, but he is a horrible writer. Wow. I only stuck with it, because I have this sick habit of finishing books that I have started. Sigh. I do want to resee the movie----or the show if it was not done.
Rent is by far my favorite Broadway show, probably will be ever, and this memoir was a really easy read and a good reminder of why Jonathon Larson's death was such a loss to us fans. And why I adore Anthony Rapp so much.
Once in a while, there's a book that unlocks your heart and is filled with charisma, sensitivity and depth. Without You is Rapp's autobiography about Rent as well as his relationship with his mother who is fighting cancer. The beautifully written book is a testament about family relationships and the importance to being yourself. To quote a line from the show, 'how do you measure a year in a life' and throughout Without You, he made each of his mother's years, count.

The Rent soundtrack played a
I am listening to this book.
What a raw and wonderful book. So much tears were shed reading this, i times i had to stop reading because of the sobs.

While i have grieved for (way too many) people in the recent years, i, thankfully, have not witness anyone wasting away from a long illness, so i couldn't personally connect with it. However, Anthony Rapp is so open with his process and emotions, never glossing over the parts where he doesn't necessarily come up in the best light, i was able to be there with him.
I am, however, a
In Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical Rent, Broadway star Anthony Rapp shares the story of his life pre, post, and behind the scenes of the classic rock opera Rent. Beginning as a 20 something struggling actor in New York City, Rapp was working as a barista at Starbucks patiently waiting for his Broadway big break. Starring in Adventures in Babysitting as a teen, he had a taste of fame which made him want it even more. It took a few years before his performance of REM’s “Losing ...more
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I've owned this book for a few years and I never got around to finishing it (...a problem I consistently have...). I first got it in St. Louis when Anthony Rapp was in town for the farewell tour of RENT. He had a book signing that I attended, and the next day I saw him perform onstage at the Fox Theatre. This wasn't the first time I met him. That was back in high school when he came for a master class and to see our production of Miss Saigon. I was surprised he remembered me when I saw him at th ...more
Maggie Burgess
I love when a book really reaches me. I especially love when that book is a memoir of a person who I consider above me for whatever reason (celebrity, leader of their profession, etc.) I love Anthony's ability to write openly and honestly about family, about struggles, about relationships, and more. I found myself completely relating to his experiences, and even when I couldn't relate, I truly felt for him- and I knew he'd feel for what I went through. I really felt as if we were becoming friend ...more
This book has been on my list for about a year now and I was so excited to read it. The first thing that hit me was how good the writing was from the very first chapter. Sometimes when someone has such a gift as Rapp has as an actor, it's easy to forget that there is a lot more to them than just that. The narration was so clear I could picture everything and for an autobiography/memoir it's amazing how many conversations were remembered and recorded throughout the course of the book.
I will admi
Ellen Cohen
Perhaps it's best to preface this by saying that I have had in the past year the pleasure, privilege and honor of getting to know the author of this book. Anthony, aside from being an actor of immense talent and accomplishment, is eloquent, intelligent and has a heart of gold. I speak so highly of his personality in this review only to go on and say that it shows in the heartfelt nature of his memoir.

The book reads incredibly quickly; it's just that good. The raw emotion keeps coming and coming,
About a year ago, I watched the musical RENT. I'd heard good things about it, and it seemed intriguing from the pictures and gifs I'd seen on Tumblr. I instantly fell in love with it and the message that it shared, and, as I usually do when I find a new obsession, I spent many nights reading up on the Broadway musical and the cast members.

RENT is an amazing musical about living life to the fullest and without regret. Unfortunately, the musical's writer, Jonathan Larson, unexpectedly died the nig
Wow. That was a powerhouse of emotions.

Rapp is a wonderful writer. I could imagine his mother's house, Rachel, Anne, Adam, the workshop of Rent, literally everything. His imagery was precise. I loved glimpsing into his life. Anthony Rapp is so interesting but so, so sad!

As a fan of Rent, it was interesting seeing first the workshop cast to finally the Broadway cast. Seeing Anthony's first reactions to Anthony Pascal, Idina Menzel, etc. I feel the show will mean so much more to me now because of
When I was in chorus in middle school, I would go into class everyday forcing myself to have a great time, and get a lot out of the class. When people asked me what my favorite class is, I would say chorus without hesitation. Well, I actually hated middle school chorus looking back on it, but aside from that, that's how I went into reading this book. I picked it up knowing that I would love it. Having this internal push to like this certainly gives me a bias and clouds my opinion, so take that a ...more
As a usually sceptical reader of memoirs and biographies I was surprised at myself when I giddily ordered Anthony Rapp's book. Surprising myself further I read it in 2 days, refusing to put it down.

The most striking thing about Rapp's book is the sheer love that it is written with. The overwhelming affection seems almost tangible as it seeps through the pages. Anthony has a knack for giving life, even when it's at its bleakest, that fairy-tale feeling that we all crave.
Fairy-tale though it may s
This book has been bouncing around in my head and I am sure it's on a list of mine somewhere and I don't know what prompted me to finally request it now. Oh well. This is another autobio from the original actor to play Mark in the musical RENT. I quit enjoyed the musical. I saw it in LA when NPH played Mark. Everyone my age in LA remembers that. I never saw it on Broadway. I was sad when I was overseas and saw it was closing because seeing the original cast preform it was sort of on my bucket li ...more
Having just finished this book about 30 seconds ago, I couldn't decide whether to rate it 4 or 5 stars. I will list what I loved and what I didn't love as much, and you can decide if this book is for you.

In all honesty, I wasn't crazy about the incredibly detailed descriptions of his sexual encounters. I believe some private things should be kept private, so that was difficult to read (though I wouldn't recommend skipping these pages, because you may miss something important). I also would have
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Anthony (Deane) Rapp is an American stage and film actor and singer.

Rapp first performed on Broadway in 1981 in the flop The Little Prince and the Aviator, a musical based on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's novel The Little Prince. The show closed during previews. He also appeared in the 1987 movie Adventures in Babysitting, which was directed by Chris Columbus. Columbus would later direct Rapp in the
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