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

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

Book rating: 05 Paperback

By (author) Anthony Rapp

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  • Publisher: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 211mm x 23mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 3 February 2007
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0743269772
  • ISBN 13: 9780743269773
  • Sales rank: 145,235

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Anthony Rapp's first audition for the workshop production of Rent begins a journey that takes him all the way to Broadway as the star of the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, experiencing tragedy, loss, and enlightenment along the way. When Rent's brilliant young creator, Jonathan Larson, dies suddenly of an aneurysm the night before the show's first performance, Anthony and the rest of the cast are devastated and open the show that night only to friends and family, performing a tribute to their dear friend and gifted artist. Shortly thereafter, Anthony's mom receives a devastating cancer diagnosis and during the Anthony's first year on Broadway as Mark in Rent, he makes frequent trips to visit her, hoping for her to come to terms with his being gay, as he comes to terms with her impending death. With atmospheric, nostalgic flashbacks to his childhood in small-town Joliet, Illinois, he shares his first experiences discovering his sexuality, the tension it created with his mother, and his struggle into adulthood to gain her acceptance.This is a beautiful, haunting memoir of the world of theatre, the love of son for his mother, sexual awakening, and maturity won at far too early an age.

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By Andi 22 Dec 2010 5

Even if you've never seen or heard the slightest bit of any form of the musical RENT this novel is still interesting, relevant, hilarious and fabulous!

It is an essential for any RENThead even if you've never seen the OBC or the 2005 movie. it details the birth of rent up until just before the 2005 movie was released.

Even the bits that aren't about RENT are fabulous! This is the only book that has ever made me cry and in many ways Anthony Rapp's experiences are similar to my own. Especially his experiences with family and romances.

This book will hit your emotions like a ton of bricks - it really is fabulous! Definitely get it he's surprisingly completely honest - talking about experiences that most would never mention in their autobiography. Its a wonderful wonderful book!

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"A memoir roiling with personal revelation and uncensored emotion." -- Christine Dolen, "The Miami Herald"