"Rent" Star Anthony Rapp Keynotes Pride 2011
The Office for LGBT Services announced this week that Anthony Rapp will serve as the keynote speaker for Pride 2011.
Rapp is best known for originating the role of “Mark Cohen” in the Tony award-winning rock opera "Rent." The musical explores a struggle with life, love and AIDS, and the impact each has on our society. Rapp shared an OBIE (Off-Broadway) Award with the rest of the cast for the performance. After taking the show from Off-Broadway to Broadway, Chicago to London, Rapp reprised his role in the 2005 Sony Pictures major motion picture adaptation. "Rent" ended its incredibly successful 12 year Broadway run in September of 2008.
Rapp’s prolific career includes roles in additional Broadway shows, major motion pictures and several television series. He is back on tour with a performance adapted from his 2006 national best-seller Without You: a Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical “Rent”. Rapp’s novel details his experiences during "Rent’s" original run—as well as his personal struggle with losing his mother to cancer.
At the podium, Rapp takes audiences through his career, the loss of his friend and Rent playwright Jonathan Larson and his mother’s battle with cancer. In an insightful exploration of the social importance of the show, Rapp highlights the role Rent played in thrusting LGBT, HIV/AIDS and poverty issues into the national spotlight.
Rapp will visit U of L October 6, where he will do a workshop for acting students and speak in the Student Activities Center at 7 p.m.
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