BroadwayCon’s Anthony Rapp Calls ‘Rent’s’ Brand a ‘Once in a Lifetime’ Experience [EXCLUSIVE]


BroadwayCon’s Anthony Rapp Calls ‘Rent’s’ Brand a ‘Once in a Lifetime’ Experience [EXCLUSIVE]

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broadway and old Lease Star Anthony Rapp is eagerly awaiting the return of BroadwayCon after a two-year hiatus due to coronavirus (COVID-19). BroadwayCon is the premier fan convention for all things Great White Way. Rapp, who currently plays Lt. Paul Stamets on Star Trek: Discoverysat down for an exclusive with Showbiz Cheat Sheet to discuss the event as well as his own Broadway past, and his “once in a lifetime” experience that sparked the role of Leaseis Mark.

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Anthony Rapp talks about BroadwayCon

Rapp spoke of his excitement over the return of the event he co-founded with Melissa Anelli.

He shared that the nature of theater is “so much about coming together in person.” It is therefore vital for stars and fans to continue to share these collective experiences.

“Theatre artists are usually directly involved with the audience. We have this feeling of intimacy and connection unlike other genres,” Rapp explained.

“The types of panels provided by BroadwayCon are very varied and cover all kinds of topics. We talk about issues of social justice and equality. Diversity, inclusion, and telling fun stories about what it was like to be part of an integral cast. It’s a real mix of that kind of programming. It’s exciting for all of us who were part of the creative projects to have the chance to interact more directly with our audience,” he shared.

BroadwayCon 2022 will include artists such as Andrew Barth Feldman, Dear Evan Hansen & High School Musical: The SeriesAaron Albano from Hamilton and NewsiesBen Cameron from NastyFredi Walker-Browne of Leaseand Gray Henson of mean girls and The Book of Mormon.

Also featured at the event, Isabelle McCalla of Prom & AladdinJelani Remy from Ain’t too proud and The Lion KingL Morgan Lee A strange loopSergio Trujillo from Ain’t too proud & MemphisThayne Jasperson from hamilton and Will Roland of Dear Evan Hansen to name a few.

Rapp was a Broadway actor before ‘Rent’

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Growing up in Illinois, Rapp found he enjoyed working in theater and began working in community plays at a young age.

Rapp spoke fondly of those days, saying he was lucky to have the support not only of his mother, but also of other mentors throughout the early stages of his career.

“I was lucky in the sense that I had this kind of support that was instrumental in my early development,” he explained. “I was lucky that my mother supported me.”

Rapp shared that during this period, in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the community of children who expressed an interest in working in theater was smaller.

“It wasn’t really like a thing. It turns out there was a ton of opportunity,” Rapp revealed.

Rapp would play roles in Broadway productions of The Little Prince and the aviator, precious son, six degrees of separation, Praise You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, The 24-Hour Musical, and If so.

Anthony Rapp calls ‘Rent’s’ Mark ‘a once-in-a-lifetime experience’

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Although Rapp has a myriad of Broadway shows on his resume and has moved on to a role on the Paramount+ series Star Trek Series: Discoveryfans keep remembering him Leaseis Mark.

Rapp says being part of the original cast of the musical and the film that followed was a “once in a lifetime experience”.

“I feel incredibly grateful to have been a part of it,” Rapp explained.

“Everyone I’ve met either on the show or because of the show. Opportunities that come to me almost at one time or another because of it; Lease continues to be a touchstone, and it’s just the greatest gift, and it continues to be the greatest gift.

At the end of his Lease Run on Broadway, Rapp took, as a souvenir, the only garment synonymous with the character, Mark’s scarf.

The now iconic part of Mark’s costume was purchased from a thrift store. However, the Scarf was in tatters when Rapp ended his run as Mark.

The actor keeps it in memory of one of the most significant moments of his career.

You can see Anthony Rapp and other talented members of the Broadway community at BroadwayCon. The event will take place July 8-10 in New York City.

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