ANTHONY RAPP’s WITHOUT YOU - January 14th - AmNews Curtain Raiser


Thursday, January 5, 2023


Photo by Richard Corman 


Begins performances on Saturday, January 14, 2023

Opening night is Wednesday, January 25, 2023
at New World Stages 

New York: Without You, written and performed by Anthony Rapp, directed by Steven Maler with musical direction by Daniel A. Weiss will begin performances at New World Stages beginning on Saturday, January 14 in advance of its opening on Wednesday, January 25, 2023. The production will feature the music of Jonathan Larson’s RENT along with original songs and compositions by Anthony Rapp, David Matos, and Joe Pisapia; orchestration, original compositions, and musical direction by Daniel A. Weiss, with additional arrangements by Tom Kitt.

In 1994, Anthony Rapp was twenty-two, out of money and working at a Starbucks, about to audition for a new musical by a young writer named Johnathan Larson. That musical was the global phenomenon RENT. This is where the story of WITHOUT YOU begins. Based on the New York Times bestseller of the same name and backed by a 5-piece rock band, Anthony shares his unimaginable real-life story of the early years of RENT in this intimate evening of unsurpassed joy and unspeakable loss.

The creative team includes set and lighting design by Eric Southern, costume design by Angela Vesco, sound design by Tony Award-winner Brian Ronan, and projection design by David Bengali. Led by Daniel A. Weiss the band includes Clerida Eltime (Cello), Paul Gil (Bass), Jerry Marotta (Drums), and Lee Moretti (Guitar)

Without You is executive produced by 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, Kim Vasquez, and creative producer Chris Henry. Denise Savas is the Production Stage Manager. The Production Manager is Intuitive. LDK Productions is the General Manager. 


Written by and starring Anthony Rapp

Directed by Steven Maler and musical direction by Daniel A. Weiss

Begins its limited run-on January 14 through April 30, 2023

Opening Night is January 25, 2023

Performances schedule:

Monday at 7 PM, Wednesday at 7 PM, Thursday at 2 PM & 7 PM.

Friday at 8 PM; Saturday at 2 PM & 8 PM; Sunday at 2 PM

The running time is 90 Minutes, with no intermission.

New World Stages is located at 350 West 50 Street

ANTHONY RAPP (Writer/Actor) has been acting and singing professionally since he was nine years old. He is best known for originating the role of Mark Cohen in Jonathan Larson’s Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, Rent, for which he shared an OBIE Award with the rest of the cast. He reprised his role in Chris Columbus’s film version opposite other members of the original cast. Other Broadway credits include the revival of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown; John Guare’s Six Degrees of Separation; and If/ Then; and his Broadway debut was in Precious Sons with Judith Ivey and Ed Harris, for which he received an Outer Critics Circle Award and a Drama Desk nomination. Film credits include Adventures in Babysitting, School Ties, Dazed and Confused, Six Degrees of Separation, Man of the Century, Road Trip, A Beautiful Mind, bwoy, and Scrap. TV appearances include “The X-Files,” “Law & Order: SVU,” and “Psych.” He currently plays the role of Commander Paul Stamets on the Paramount + television series “Star Trek: Discovery”. In 2000, he released his debut album, Look Around, and in 2006, his NY Times-bestselling book Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical Rent — on which this show was based — was published by Simon & Schuster.

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