Because even close friends must be tired of hearing 37 year-old Anthony Rapp say, “Remember the time I was in RENT…” over and over again, the one-time Adventures in Babysitting star is back, in a “farewell tour” of RENT, opening in Cleveland this month, playing the 24 year-old proto-hipster protagonist. RENT’s like the Cher of musicals and we’re pretty certain we’ll see Rapp when he’s 50 playing Cohen in the 15 minute Vegas-version of the show, which will play next to the buffet line at Caesars.
Rapp tells Spangle Magazine that:
“Mark Cohenâ€™s issues are also Rappâ€™s, as he explained in his 2006 memoir, Without You. â€œâ€¦ I knew once again that I shared Markâ€™s ability to avoid dealing with pain in his personal life by pouring himself into his work,â€ he writes.
I asked if thatâ€™s the same, now that heâ€™s more than a decade older.
â€œI feel that Iâ€™m less that way with the newer people in my life,â€ Rapp says. But with friends and family who have been in his life longer, he says the old patterns occasionally emerge.
Tackling the character of Mark Cohen as a 37-year-old, instead of a 24-year-old, isnâ€™t so different, Rapp says. Heâ€™s still a â€œyoung man trying to make his way in trying circumstances in New York City at the turn of the millennium.â€
â€œWhat I hope has happened,â€ he continues, â€œis that Iâ€™m a more seasoned actor so I donâ€™t have to work so hard in showing things. â€¦ â€œI imagine that some of the things that Iâ€™ve been through in the past 10 to 12 years come through.â€
The actor also explains how he’s working on turning his memoirs about RENT into a one-man show with songs, a feat that promises audience’s meta-pretension and overwrought self-involvement at once, all set to song. Wait, didn’t we see that show already?