Following a recent performance of Anthony Rapp's autobiographical solo show Without You at Off-Broadway's New World Stages, Tony nominee Jenn Colella—who co-starred with Rapp in Broadway's If/Then—joined the original Rent star for a duet of that Pulitzer Prize-winning musical's "Take Me or Leave Me."
Watch the two Broadway favorites belt out the Jonathan Larson showstopper below:
Based on Anthony Rapp's best-selling memoir of the same name, Without You features music from 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, going on to tell the story of the early days of the landmark musical.
Performances began January 14 and will continue through April 30. Check out reviews for the solo show here.
Steven Maler is at the helm 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.