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Chocolate Factory Productions to Present ANTHONY RAPP - WITHOUT YOU in Boston and Ediburgh Fringe Festival

Chocolate Factory Productions
Performances Begin in Boston Tuesday, June 19th
and continue at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and London's Menier Chocolate Factory

Anthony Rapp - Without You, based on his bestseller Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical Rent, begins performances at Boston's Modern Theatre at Suffolk University for one week beginning June 19th. Later this summer Anthony Rapp - Without You with music by John Keaney, David Matos, Joe Pisapia, and Anthony Rapp; featuring songs from Rent, music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson; directed by Steve Maler will peform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival followed by performances at London's Menier Chocolate Factory.

In 1994 Anthony Rapp was working at a New York Starbucks and about to audition for a new musical by a young guy named Jonathan Larson. This is where Without You begins. Rapp shares his audition for Rent, getting cast, rehearsals, and his view from the stage during the tribute performance on the night after Jonathan's tragic death. Without You also details Anthony's achingly beautiful relationship with his mother during this turbulent time. Featuring Anthony's own lyrics and melodies, stories adapted from his memoir, and the landmark songs of Rent, Without You is a valentine to the groundbreaking musical and celebrates all of our seasons of love.

Without You had its world premiere at Pittsburgh's City Theatre in 2008. Christopher Rawson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote, "A joyful, emotionally raw account. I wasn't exactly bawling at Without You, but I was certainly choking up, brushing back a tear, then doing it again a few minutes later. You don't need to know Rent to respond to the human story Without You embodies. Its music is appealing and poignant on its own. But to the extent that you do know Rent, the story widens into operatic impact."

Rapp's memoir Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical Rent (Simon & Schuster, 2006)—about his struggle to balance the demands of life in the theatre with his responsibility to his family during his mother's battle with cancer—was a New York Times bestseller and is currently in its sixth paperback printing (and had nine hardcover printings). Upon its publication it received
rave reviews:

"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

"A moving, absorbing journal of life on stage and at home . . . Rapp here
makes an impressive debut as a writer, bringing a keen actor's sense of detail,
timing, and pathos to the page . . . he reaches a deep, affecting level of
personal expression."

-- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"A sensitive, heartfelt memoir . . . Absorbing, warm, and hopeful, the book
celebrates a man, his work, and a generation."

-- Publishers 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

"As unblinking, unflinching and as unyielding as Larson's gritty Broadway

-- Richard L. Eldredge, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"A memoir roiling with personal revelation and uncensored emotion . . . Life
and death tumble through [Without You], jolting the narrative with hits of
passion, draping it in sorrow."

-- Christine Dolen, The Miami Herald

"[A] wrenching narrative . . . a moving tale of art, love and loss."

-- Thomas Leitch, Hollywood Reporter

Anthony Rapp 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. Rapp recently visited the role once more with original cast member Adam Pascal in a national tour of the show. His Broadway credits include the revival of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown and John Guare's Six Degrees of Separation. 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. His most recent stage appearance was in Second Stage Theatre's Some Americans Abroad. Film credits include Adventures in Babysitting, School Ties, Dazed and Confused, Six Degrees of Separation, Man of the Century, David Searching, Road Trip, and A Beautiful Mind (SAG Award nomination for ensemble). He has also appeared in Winter Passing, a film written and directed by his brother, Adam Rapp. On television, Rapp has appeared in "The Lazarus Man," "The X-Files," "The Beach Boys: An American Family," "Kidnapped" and "Law & Order: SVU." In 2000, he released his debut album, Look Around. He has performed his music in clubs and at colleges throughout the country.

Steven Maler is a freelance theater, opera and film director and the founding Artistic Director of Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC), which annually presents free productions of Shakespeare on the Boston Common.

The set design for Without You is by David Korins; lighting design is by Justin Townsend; sound design is by Gareth Owen; musical direction is by Dan Weiss; additional arrangements are by Tom Kitt. Without You is produced by Chocolate Factory Productions in association with Royal Family Productions.

Anthony Rapp - Without You


Venue: Modern Theatre at Suffolk University, Boston

Address: 525 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111

Dates: Tuesday 19th – Sunday 24th June 2012

Time: 20:00 Tuesday – Saturday + 16:00 Saturday, 18:00 Sunday

Ticket Prices: $60

Telephone Booking: 1-800-247-4360 (open 10:00 – 19:00, 7 days a week)

Online Booking:

Tickets on Sale Now


Venue: E4 Cowbarn, Underbelly Bristo Square (Venue Number 300)

Address: Bristo Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9AL

Dates: Wednesday 1st - Sunday 26th August 2012 (previews 1-3 August, no show 13th August)

Time: 22:30

Ticket Prices: (Previews £8) £14 - £16

Telephone Booking: 0844 545 8282
(open 09:00 – 20:00, 7 days a week)

Online Booking:

Tickets on Sale Now


Venue: Menier Chocolate Factory

Address: 53 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1RU

Dates: Wednesday 29th August – Saturday 15th September 2012

Times: Tuesday - Saturday 20:00, Saturdays & Sundays 15:30

Ticket Prices: £29.50

Telephone booking: 020 7378 1713 (open 09:00 – 22:00 Monday – Friday, 10:00 – 22:00 Saturdays, 12:00 – 18:00 Sundays)
Online booking:
Tickets on Sale Beginning June 20
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