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|Born||Anthony Deane Rapp
October 26, 1971
Joliet, Illinois, United States
Anthony Deane Rapp (born October 26, 1971) is an American stage and film actor and singer best known for originating the role of Mark Cohen in the Broadway production of Rent in 1996 and later for reprising the role in the film version and the Broadway Tour of Rent in 2009. He also performed the role of Charlie Brown in the 1999 Broadway revival of You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown.
Rapp attended high school at Joliet West High School in Joliet, Illinois and theatre camp at Interlochen Arts Camp. In junior high school, Rapp won numerous awards for his singing. His brother is playwright, novelist, and filmmaker Adam Rapp.
Rapp first performed on Broadway in 1981 in the musical 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 film version of Rent. He has appeared in several movies and Broadway shows, most notably as intellectuals. His notable work includes such films as Dazed and Confused, A Beautiful Mind, School Ties, Road Trip, Six Degrees of Separation (stage and film versions), An American Family, Danny Roane: First Time Director and You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.
Rapp is probably best known for playing Mark Cohen in the off-Broadway and original Broadway casts of Jonathan Larson's musical Rent. For his audition for the musical, Rapp sang R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion", and received his callback in September 1994. He reprised that role in the film adaptation, which was released on November 23, 2005.
In 2000, Rapp released a solo CD, entitled Look Around. He returned to Rent on July 30, 2007, for a six-week run, along with original cast member Adam Pascal. Rapp and Adam Pascal continued in their return to Broadway's Rent through October 7 at the Nederlander Theatre.
As of fall 2013, Rapp is in previews of If/Then along with fellow Rent alum Idina Menzel. If/Then played the National Theatre in Washington, D.C., and began previews on Broadway on March 5, 2014. Rapp also appeared in the television special Psych: The Musical, which premiered on USA Network on December 15, 2013.
Although Metro Weekly labeled him "one of the first openly gay men on Broadway,"  Rapp has rejected the label of "gay" and instead identifies as "queer," as explained in a 1997 interview with Oasis Magazine:
I don't want to get into labels, but I've never labeled myself except to say I'm queer. The things that's been most important to me to be out about is that I have been in loving relationships with men. That is what I think is most important with any kind of visibility at this point is for people to see that ... yes, certainly it's about sex, people have sex, but ... what's most important who you love and are in love with[.] So, how I've come out is by thanking the man I love in the bio. I haven't said 'I am gay.' Because the truth is that I've also been in love with women, although the truth is I do think I'm primarily homosexual. But the whole debate about bisexuality gets tiresome to me and I don't want to enter into it. People have such misconceptions about it. I'm really happy that right now there's a great conversation going on about fluidity, because I think that for a lot of people, that's the case.
- The Little Prince and the Aviator (1981), Broadway debut, the Little Prince
- Precious Sons (1986), Broadway, Freddy
- Six Degrees of Separation (1990–92), Broadway, Ben
- Sophistry (play) (1993)
- Rent (New York Theatre Workshop, 1995), off-Broadway, Mark Cohen
- Rent (1996–97, 2007), Broadway, Mark Cohen
- You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (1999), Broadway, Charlie Brown
- Nocturne (Berkeley Repertory Theatre, 2001)
- Henry V (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, 2002)
- Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2003), Brighton Fringe, Hedwig
- Little Shop of Horrors (2004), National tour, Seymour
- Feeling Electric (2005), workshop
- Anthony Rapp's "Without You" (City Theatre, 2008), self
- Anthony Rapp's "Without You" (Edinburgh Fringe Festival & Menier Chocolate Factory, 2012), self
- Pop! (City Theatre, 2012)
- If/Then, National Theatre, out of town tryout, (2013)
- If/Then (Richard Rogers Theater, 2014-15), Lucas
- If/Then (National Tour, 2015-16), Lucas
- Sky High (1990), Wes Hansen
- Assault at West Point: The Court-Martial of Johnson Whittaker (1994) , Cadet Frederick G. Hodgson
- The Lazarus Man (1996), Verity
- The X-Files (1997), Jeff Glaser
- The Beach Boys: An American Family (2000), Van Dyke Parks
- Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2004), Matt Spevak
- Kidnapped (2006), Larry Kellogg
- Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2012), Nathan Forrester
- Psych: The Musical (2013), Z
- It Could Be Worse (2014), Casting Director
- Look Around (2000)
- Rapp, Anthony (2006). Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical Rent. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-7432-6976-4.
Awards and Nominations
- 1986 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Actor in a Musical (won)
- 1986 Drama Desk Award for Best Actor in a Musical (nominated)
- 2014 Broadway.com Audience Award for Favorite Featured Actor in a Musical- "If/Then" (won)
- "Twitter / Anthony Rapp: Someone was messing with m". Twitter.com. 2009-11-29. Retrieved 2012-03-06.
- "STAGE TO SCREENS: Chatting with Playwright and Screenwriter Adam Rapp". Playbill.com. 2006-02-20. Retrieved 2012-03-06.
- Wiegand, David (February 21, 2006). "From musical to memoir, actor Anthony Rapp comes up with dramatic making-of 'Rent' story and moving personal one". San Francisco Chronicle.
- Rapp, Anthony (2006). Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical Rent. New York: Simon & Schuster. p. 309. ISBN 0-7432-6976-4.
- Anthony Rapp's official website
- Brian Scott Lipton (August 21, 2007). "Pascal and Rapp Extend Rent Engagement Until October 7". TheaterMania. Retrieved 2008-06-11.
- Kenneth Jones; Robert Simonson (August 21, 2007). "Pascal and Rapp, Bohemian Heroes for a New Generation of Rent-Heads, Extend to Oct. 7". Playbill. Retrieved 2008-06-11.
- Kenneth Jones (February 28, 2008). "Playbill News: Pascal and Rapp Will Tour in Rent in 2009". Playbill. Retrieved 2008-06-11.
- Rent tour schedule
- Rule, Doug (April 12, 2012). "Rapp Star". Metro Weekly. Retrieved June 26, 2014.
- Hensley, Dennis (January 8, 2002). "From Rent to Russell". Retrieved June 26, 2014.
- Anthony Rapp: Rent-able role model. Oasis Magazine. Interview with Jeff Walsh. Retrieved June 26, 2014.
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- Official website
- Anthony Rapp at the Internet Broadway Database
- Anthony Rapp at the Internet Movie Database
- Review of Without You from Kirkus Reviews
- Anthony Rapp sings at The Booksmith in San Francisco
- "Out Out Damn Spot" Fanlisting