11 Book Reviews submitted by our Members...sorted by voted most helpful
Rumpelstiltskin reviewed Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical Rent on
Helpful Score: 2
A must-read for any RENThead! For Anthony's first book, he does an excellent job of pouring his heart and emotions out onto the page now rather than the stage. From the passing of RENT's creator Jonathan Larson to Anthony's Mother battle with cancer in Joliet, Illinois, Anthony explicitly details the turmoil he battled during those rough but exciting RENT years, commutung from Broadway to the Midwest.
I wouldn't consider myself a "Renthead" (though I am a fan), but I absolutely love Anthony's memoir. While it did touch upon his time as part of the cast of RENT, it wasn't the entire focus of the book. Just as much time was devoted to him reflecting on his personal life, his relationship with his family, his mother's battle with cancer... It was the parts about his mother that I really reacted to - often times, I found myself with tears in my eyes.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone that is a fan of RENT, Anthony Rapp, or memoirs in general.
WARNING: Anthony is very open about his bisexuality, and discusses it at times explicitly in his book. If this offends you, you might want to steer clear of this book.
Isis L. reviewed Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical Rent on
Helpful Score: 1
This book was great. It really gave you a look at his life and the journey of RENT. As a Renthead, I recommend this book to anyone who likes Anthony Rapp or wants more information behind the scenes of RENT.
Anthony brought me to tears with this book. It was fantastic. It would be so hard to deal with everything he was going through all at the same time. If he ever decides to write another book (fiction, non-fiction, whatever) I will give it a try.
Julie S. (jules711) - , reviewed Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical Rent on
An honest retelling of one man's experience of love and death as it relates to his time in the Broadway musical, RENT. Anthony Rapp was one of the original cast members of the show and tells of his experience auditioning for the workshop and being called back for the Broadway production while his mother was dying from cancer. He also includes insight on what it was like to receive the news that Jonathan Larson, the show's creator, had died the night before the first preview. A must read for anyone who has been a fan of Anthony's work or of the musical, RENT.
I wish the book had been more about the play Rent and the making of the movie Rent, and less about Anthony Rapp's family and relationships. While it was interesting, it wasn't what I was hoping to read about.