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Without You, Anthony Rapp

Anthony Rapp had a special feeling about Jonathan Larson's rock musical Rent as early as his first audition, which won him a starring role as the video artist Mark Cohen. The Pulitzer Prize-winning Rent opened to thunderous acclaim off-Broadway -- but even as friends and family were celebrating the show's first success, they were also mourning Jonathan Larson's sudden death from an aortic aneurysm. And when Anthony's mom began to lose her battle with cancer, Anthony found himself struggling to balance his life in the theater with his responsibility to his family.

Praise for Without You:

"Beautifully written...[Without You] shows that a life story truthfully told can be stranger (as well as more touching) than fiction." -- William Georgiades, New York Post

"No roar-of-the-crowd, smell-of-the-greasepaint scrapbook; it's a sprawling, tear-streaked life story and unabashedly sentimental ode to his mother...[Rapp's] voice is unpretentious and unfailingly honest."  -- Melissa Rose Bernardo, Entertainment Weekly

"The tragic, compelling back story to Rent extends the book's appeal far beyond the show's fans." -- Web Behrens, Chicago Tribune

"Pitch-perfect...a book for anyone who has experienced great loss, [and] for anyone who has survived and grown because of that loss." -- David Weigand, San Francisco Chronicle

"A memoir roiling with personal revelation and uncensored emotion." -- Christine Dolen, Miami Herald

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