Broadway and Former Rent star Anthony Rapp is eagerly awaiting BroadwayCon’s return after a two-year hiatus attributable to coronavirus (COVID-19). BroadwayCon is the premiere fan conference for all issues the Great White Way. Rapp, who at present performs Lt. Paul Stamets on Star Trek: Discovery, sat down for an unique with Showbiz Cheat sheet to debate the occasion in addition to his personal Broadway previous, and his “once in a lifetime” expertise originating the position of Rent‘s Mark.
Anthony Rapp talks BroadwayCon
BroadwayCon 2022 will embody artists similar to Andrew Barth Feldman, Dear Evan Hansen & High School Musical: The Series, Aaron Albano of Hamilton & Newsies, Ben Cameron of Wicked, Fredi Walker-Browne of Rent, and Grey Henson of Mean Girls and The Book of Mormon.
Also featured on the occasion will likely be Isabelle McCalla of The Prom & Aladdin, Jelani Remy from Ain’t Too Proud and The Lion King, L Morgan Lee from A Strange Loop, Sergio Trujillo of Ain’t Too Proud & Memphis, Thayne Jasperson of Hamilton and Will Roland from Dear Evan Hansen to call a number of.
Rapp was a Broadway actor earlier than ‘Rent’
Growing up in Illinois, Rapp discovered he loved working in theater and started working in neighborhood performs as a younger boy.
Rapp spoke of these days fondly, saying he was fortunate to have the help of not solely his mom however different mentors all through the earliest phases of his profession.
“I was lucky in the sense that I had that kind of support which was instrumental in my early development,” he defined. “I was lucky that my mom was supportive.”
Rapp shared that in that point interval, within the late Nineteen Seventies and early Nineteen Eighties, the neighborhood of children that expressed an curiosity in working within the theater was smaller.
“It was not really like a thing. It just so happened that there were a ton of opportunities,” Rapp revealed.
Rapp would play roles within the Broadway productions of The Little Prince and the Aviator, Precious Sons, Six Degrees of Separation, Rent, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, The 24-Hour Musical, and If/Then.
Anthony Rapp calls ‘Rent’s’ Mark ‘a once-in-a-lifetime experience’
Although Rapp has a myriad of Broadway exhibits on his resume and moved on to a job within the Paramount+ collection Star Trek: Discovery collection, followers proceed to recollect him to Rent‘s Mark.
Rapp says being part of the musical’s unique solid and the following film was a “once in a lifetime experience.”
“I feel incredibly grateful to have been a part of it,” Rapp defined.
“All the people I met either in the show or because of the show. Opportunities that come my way almost at some point or another because of it; Rent continues to be a touchstone, and it’s just the biggest gift, and it continues to be the biggest gift.”
At the shut of his Rent Broadway run, Rapp took, as a memento, the one piece of clothes synonymous with the character, Mark’s scarf.
The now-iconic a part of Mark’s costume was bought in a thrift retailer. However, the headband was tattered when Rapp completed his run as Mark.
The actor retains it as a reminiscence of one in every of his most important profession highlights.
You can see Anthony Rapp and different gifted members of the Broadway neighborhood at BroadwayCon. The occasion takes place July 8-10 in New York City.
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