Last night's performance of Anthony Rapp's solo musical Without You ended with a mini Rent reunion! At the curtain call of the June 3 performance, Rapp brought out his former Rent co-star Adam Pascal. The two sang their duet from the show together, "What You Own." Pascal also praised his friend's show saying, "the show is incredibly beautiful." See the video below.
Anthony Rapp's Off-Broadway autobiographical solo show Without You began performances January 14 and officially opened January 25, and is slated to run through June 11. Read reviews here.
Based on his best-selling memoir of the same name, Without You features music from Jonathan Larson's Rent along with original songs by Rapp, David Matos, Joe Pisapia, and Daniel A. Weiss; and additional arrangements by Tom Kitt. The show picks up as Rapp, broke and working at Starbucks, gets an audition for a new rock opera. It goes on to tell the story of the early days of the landmark musical Rent by Jonathan Larson. Without You also explores Rapp's grief at the loss of his mother and of Larson around the same time.
See photos of Rapp and Pascal at Without You in the gallery below.
Steven Maler is at the helm of Without You with Weiss serving as music director, along with providing orchestrations. The creative team also includes scenic and lighting designer Eric Southern, costume designer Angela Vesco, sound designer Brian Ronan, and projection designer David Bengali. Denise Savas is production stage manager.
Lisa Dozier with Royal Family Productions, Cue to Cue Productions, Ryohei Otani/Motoko Kimura, Brian J. Heck/Harish Karthikeyan, Jason Turchin/Shimmy Braun, Charlotte Cohn, Abigail E. Disney, and Kim Vasquez are producing, along with creative producer Chris Henry. LDK Productions' Lisa Dozier and Michael Shannon are general managers.
Without You played a world premiere engagement at Pittsburgh's City Theatre in 2008. In the years since, the show has played Boston, Edinburgh Fringe, London, and more. The Off-Broadway bow follows earlier NYC engagements at Joe's Pub and Royal Family Performing Arts Space, the latter in 2022. An album of the show was released by PS Classics in 2012.