ACT­ING OUT An­thony Rapp hits ATL in ‘If/Then,’ re­flects on ‘Rent’

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Out ac­tor An­thony Rapp be­came a house­hold name as part of the orig­i­nal Broad­way cast of the mu­si­cal “Rent,” in which he played Mark Co­hen. Af­ter star­ring in the mu­si­cal “If/ Then” (in which a di­vorced woman gets to em­bark on sep­a­rate per­sonal paths) in 2014 with Id­ina Men­zel, he has joined the na­tional tour, which hits the ATL next week. We had a chance to catch up with the per­former re­cently to talk about the pro­duc­tion and his days with “Rent.”

Ge­or­gia Voice: Why did you want to be part of this show?

Rapp:

I have been friends with Brian Yorkey (who han­dles the li­bretto) and Tom Kitt (who does the the­atri­cal score) a long time. I did early ver­sions of “Next to Nor­mal” with them. They are great guys and they wrote this part for me. That was a huge gift and honor and bonus, so I jumped at the chance.

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