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Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss and the Musical RENT

Author: Rapp, Anthony
Originally Published: 2006
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Without YouI really think the title says it all when it comes to this book. Anthony Rapp was one of the Original Broadway cast members of RENT. The memoir starts with Rapp’s first audition for the workshop of the show through the beginning of the filming of the movie, and while the book does cover a lot about the musical, a lot of the focus of the book is also on his famly and personal life.

The book was very well written, very bittersweet, brought tears to my eyes at all the right moments, and made me actually feel that I was there witnessing some of the events. It’s made me wish so much more that I had a chance to go to see the show on Broadway when it first got big, and I know that the next time the show comes anywhere near here, I’ll definitely make a point of going to see it.

Oh, and by the bye, I really ought to stop getting books from the library that are going to make me cry, because then you can’t really enjoy the fact that the book is bringing tears to your eyes as you’re too busy worrying that you might get tears on the pages, therefore making the pages all wrinkly. It’s not as much fun that way.

Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 1:03 pm July 17, 2006.
Category: Non-Fiction
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