A quarter century ago, Jonathan Larson’s groundbreaking musical, RENT, opened at New York Theatre Workshop. From its humble beginnings at NYTW, this rock musical went on to shape a generation. What began in the East Village traveled to Broadway, across the nation and around the world.
On March 2, 2021, we held our biggest fundraising event of the year, 25 YEARS OF RENT: MEASURED IN LOVE. This virtual celebration of RENT and its impact on the collective cultural consciousness featured a selection of iconic songs by some of today’s most beloved recording and theatre artists, exclusive content uncovering how RENT came to life, and reflections on the driving force of Jonathan’s legacy in the American theatre.
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Gilles Chiasson · Wilson Jermaine Heredia · Rodney Hicks · Christopher Jackson · Kristen Lee Kelly · Tamika Lawrence · Jesse L. Martin · Idina Menzel · Aiko Nakasone · Eva Noblezada · Adam Pascal · Ben Platt · Billy Porter · Anthony Rapp · Daphne Rubin-Vega · Ali Stroker · Tracie Thoms · Byron Utley · Fredi Walker-Browne
Original compositions from:
Joe Iconis · The Lazours · Pasek & Paul · Rona Siddiqui
Sebastian Arcelus · Annaleigh Ashford · Martha Banta · Adam Chanler-Berat · Linda Chapman · Nicholas Christopher · Paul Clay · Wilson Cruz · Brandon Victor Dixon · Wendy Ettinger · Stephen Graham · Michael Greif · Janet Harckham · Jeremy O. Harris · Neil Patrick Harris · Victoria Leacock Hoffman · Mariko Kojima · Julie Larson · Telly Leung · Kamilah Marshall · Kevin McCollum · Lin-Manuel Miranda · Anaïs Mitchell · Shakina Nayfack · James C. Nicola · Dael Orlandersmith · Councilmember Carlina Rivera · Jai Rodriguez · Jeffrey Seller · Leigh Silverman · Ephraim Sykes · Bernie Telsey · Jennifer Ashley Tepper · Ivo van Hove · Tom Viola · Tim Weil · Angela Wendt · Marlies Yearby · And many more!
Signature Bank · Select Equity Group · Kleinberg, Kaplan, Wolff & Cohen · TodayTix
Jack Bamberger · Karyn & Charles Bendit · Jane Blocker · Barbara Broccoli/EON Productions · Claudia Caffuzzi · Jaye Chen & Peter Brown · Barbara Cutler Emden & James Emden · Diane & Joe DiMenna · Stephen Graham · Kelly & André Hunter · Barbara Warner Howard · Noel Kirnon & Michael Paley · Barry & Elyse Klayman · Susan Petersen Kennedy · Anthony E. Napoli · Kathleen Peratis · Heather Randall · Scott & Susan Shay · Jolie Schwab & David Hodes · Amy & Robert Stavis · Jonathan & Lizzie Tisch · Brian Vollmer · Rachel Wells · Brenda Mainer & Bob Wetzel
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Broadway: Sunday in the Park With George, You Can’t Take It With You (Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, and Outer Critics Circle Award), Sylvia, Kinky Boots (Clarence Derwent Award, Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations), Wicked, Hair, Legally Blonde the Musical. Off Broadway: Sunday in the Park with George (Encores!), Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Public Theare’s Shakespeare in the Park), Rent (New World Stages), Dogfight (Second Stage). Currently playing Gina on CBS’s B Positive and also known as Betty on Showtime’s Masters of Sex. Other TV/Film: Bad Education, Annaleigh Ashford Live from Lincoln Center, “Unbelievable,” “American Crime Story: Versace,” Second Act, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” “Nurse Jackie,” “The Big C,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order SVU,” “Smash,” Unicorn Store, “Sex and the City,” Better Off Single, Top Five, Rachel Getting Married, Frozen. Her critically acclaimed solo show, Annaleigh Ashford: Lost in the Stars Live at 54 Below was released by Broadway Records in 2016.
Martha Banta served several years as Artistic Associate at New York Theater Workshop in it’s early days. She was the Resident Director for the original production of Rent, and directed Rent in Germany and Japan, as well as supervised London, Broadway and tour productions. Some NYC productions include new work at NYTW, The Public Theater, Rattlestick, EST, New Georges, Lambs Theater, Clark Theater/Lincoln Center, and Urban Stages. Regionally she has directed at Portland Center Stage, Cincinnati Playhouse, Pittsburgh Public Theater, St. Louis Rep, Westport Playhouse, Merrimack Rep, Capital Rep., Vineyard Arts, and Berkshire Theater Festival. She was the founding Artistic Director for the first 13 seasons of the Adirondack Theater Festival in Glens Falls, NY where it is entering it’s 25th season of producing new work. She was the Associate Director for MAMMA MIA! on Broadway, and the National Tour. She directed a new production of Rock of Ages that toured the U.S. in 2018-19.
Adam Chanler-Berat is best known for his work on Broadway originating the roles of Henry in Next to Normal, Peter in Peter and the Starcatcher, and Nino in Amélie. Additional Broadway: The Dauphin in Saint Joan (MTC). Regional: George in Sunday in the Park with George (Huntington), Animal Crackers (Williamstown). Off-Broadway: Nantucket Sleigh Ride (Lincoln Center), The Fortress of Solitude (Dallas Theater Center and The Public, Lortel nomination for Best Actor), Fly by Night (Playwrights Horizons), Rent (New World Stages), Zorba (Encores at City Center), My Favorite Year (York), Peter and the Starcatcher (NYTW), and Next to Normal (2nd Stage). Web series: “It Could Be Worse.” Film: Delivery Man. TV: “Elementary,” “Veep,” “The Good Wife,” “Doubt,” “The Code,” “NCIS: NOLA,” and “Soundtrack.” You can catch him next on the “Gossip Girl” reboot on HBO Max.
Gilles Chiasson most recently served as Director of Theater Operations of the Performing Arts Education Centers, a multi-complex performing arts venue in Southern California. Prior to that, he served as Producing Director of LA’s Reprise Theatre Company, where his productions of Kiss Me, Kate and Cabaret won the Ovation and LA Drama Critics Circle awards for Best Large-Scale Musical and Best Revival. Gilles directed Katya Lidsky’s ground-breaking one-woman show, I’m Sorry (The Lounge Theater, Hollywood; NY Fringe Festival); Into The Woods and Heading Home (Performing Arts Education Centers); and also served as Associate Director of the world premiere of Way of the Wise Guy (Chicago Center for the Performing Arts). As an actor, Gilles originated roles in the Original Broadway Casts of Rent (Steve, Others), The Scarlet Pimpernel (Armand), The Civil War (Bill), and Baz Luhrmann’s production of Puccinni’s La Boheme (Ensemble); and he performed in the national tours of Les Miserables (Marius) and Forever Plaid (Jinx). Gilles also originated roles in the Off-Broadway premieres of Groundhog (Manhattan Theatre Club), Fermat’s Last Tango (York Theatre), and received an ensemble Obie Award for his work in the original production of Rent (New York Theatre Workshop). Gilles can be heard on the Original Cast Recordings of Rent, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Fermat’s Last Tango, and La Boheme, as well as on his solo CD entitled Slow Down. As a writer, Gilles penned the book, music and lyrics for Chrysalis—A Musical Play, (Adirondack Theater Festival); conceived and co-wrote the living newspaper revue, Fishwrap (Adirondack Theater Festival); composed the score for Maps (Raw Impressions NY); and wrote the book, music and lyrics for Standing By (Performing Arts Education Centers). Gilles is a founding member of Adirondack Theatre Festival in Upstate New York and served as moderator of Bobby Moresco’s Actors’ Gym in Los Angeles. Gilles dedicates his work in this event and everything in his life to his wife, Sherri, and their two boys, Hugo and Beau.
Triple Threat, Award-winning Actor, Activist, “Actorvist,” and Humanitarian, are just a few terms used to describe Wilson Cruz. Cruz currently stars on the Award-winning CBS All Access series “Star Trek: Discovery.” He appeared on the Netflix series “Thirteen Reasons Why” and in Hulu’s breakthrough GLAAD Award-Winning original animated kids’ series “The Bravest Knight.” He is also the Executive Producer of the critically lauded docuseries called “Visible: Out on Television” airing on Apple TV+. In 1994, Cruz won the hearts of audiences across the world and forever changed the LBGT Landscape playing the first openly gay teenager on network television in his Award-winning performance as Rickie Vasquez on the hit ABC series “My So Called Life.” His seminal and critically acclaimed performance celebrated its 25thAnniversary in August 2019. “My So Called Life” was honored with the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding TV Drama and Cruz received the Emery S. Hetrick Award from the Hetrick- Martin Institute for Outstanding Contributions to LGBTQ Youth for his contribution. Cruz is also known for starring as Angel in the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning musical Rent in its West Coast Premiere which earned him both The Ovation and Drama Logue awards before his reprisal of the role on Broadway. Always a trailblazer, Cruz is recognized for playing one of TVʼs first transgender characters in an Emmy nominated episode of “Ally McBeal” and gave a heart rendering performance as part of a gay couple fighting for marriage equality on “Grey’s Anatomy.” Other TV credits include: “Red Band Society,” starring Oscar winner, Octavia Spencer, “Party of Five” (ALMA Award for Outstanding Emerging Actor), “Rick and Steve,” “The Happiest Gay Couple in the World,” “Shameless,” “The West Wing,” “Noahʼs Arc,” “Pushing Daisies,” and more. Film credits include memorable roles in He’s Just Not That Into You, Nixon, Party Monster, Johns, All Over Me, and After Louie with Alan Cumming. During the pandemic he created a series called “What’s Up with Wilson Cruz” as a way to stay connected to fans and participated in numerous benefits to raise money for charity. As an “Actorvist,” Cruz has received the Rand Schrader Distinguished Achievement Award from the Los Angeles LGBTQ Center, the Liberty Award from Lambda Legal, the Visibilidad Award from GLAAD, the Fusion Achievement Award from Outfest, the Latino Spirit Award for Achievement in Entertainment and Advocacy from the California Latino Legislative Caucus, the Harvey Milk Equality Award, the Lincoln Aston Public Service Award, Aston-Brooks Award, and the Advocate Award from AdColor. He served as the Director of Entertainment Industry Partnerships and National Spokesperson for GLAAD, currently serves on the board of GLSEN and devotes considerable time supporting other LBGTQ organizations as well. Wilson is a first generation American of Puerto Rican descent.
In 1994, Cruz won the hearts of audiences across the world and forever changed the LBGT Landscape playing the first openly Gay teenager on network television in his Award-winning performance as Rickie Vasquez on the hit ABC series MY SO CALLED LIFE. His seminal and critically acclaimed performance celebrated its 25thAnniversary in August 2019. MY SO CALLED LIFE was honored with the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding TV Drama and Cruz received the Emery S. Hetrick Award from the Hetrick- Martin Institute for Outstanding Contributions to LGBTQ Youth for his contribution. Cruz is also known for starring as Angel in the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning musical RENT in its West Coast Premiere which earned him both The Ovation and Drama Logue awards before his reprisal of the role on Broadway.
Always a trailblazer, Cruz is recognized for playing one of TVʼs first transgender characters in an Emmy nominated episode of ALLY MCBEAL and gave a heart rendering performance as part of a gay couple fighting for marriage equality on GREYʼS ANATOMY. Other TV credits include: RED BAND SOCIETY, starring Oscar winner, Octavia Spencer, PARTY OF FIVE (ALMA Award for Outstanding Emerging Actor), RICK AND STEVE, THE HAPPIEST GAY COUPLE IN THE WORLD, SHAMELESS, THE WEST WING, NOAHʼS ARC, PUSHING DAISIES and more. Film credits include memorable roles in HEʼS JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU, NIXON, PARTY MONSTER, JOHNS, ALL OVER ME and AFTER LOUIE, with Alan Cumming. During the pandemic he created a series called “What’s Up with Wilson Cruz” as a way to stay connected to fans and participated in numerous benefits to raise money for charity. As an “Actorvist,” Cruz has received, the Rand Schrader Distinguished Achievement Award from the Los Angeles LGBTQ Center, the Liberty Award from Lambda Legal, the Visibilidad Award from GLAAD, the Fusion Achievement Award from Outfest, the Latino Spirit Award for Achievement in Entertainment and Advocacy from the California Latino Legislative Caucus, the Harvey Milk Equality Award, the Lincoln Aston Public Service Award, Aston-Brooks Award, and the Advocate Award from AdColor. He served as the Director of Entertainment Industry Partnerships and National Spokesperson for GLAAD, currently serves on the board of GLSEN and devotes considerable time supporting other LBGTQ organizations as well. Wilson is a first generation American of Puerto Rican descent.
Jeremy O. Harris is the playwright and creator of the most Tony nominated Broadway play ever, Slave Play (Golden Theatre – Broadway, New York Theatre Workshop, NYT Critics Pick, Winner of the 2018 Kennedy Center Rosa Parks Playwriting Award, the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award, and The Lotos Foundation Prize in the Arts and Sciences). Jeremy co-wrote A24’s upcoming film ZOLA with director Janicza Bravo which premiered at Sundance in 2020. He is currently adapting the sci-fi epic The New World by Ales Kot for Warner Bros. Pictures. In television, Harris is in an overall deal with HBO and is a co-producer on their hit series “EUPHORIA.” He was named “The Queer Black Savior the Theatre World Needs” by Out Magazine, is the HRC’s 2020 honoree, was included on both THR’s 50 Most Powerful LGBTQ Players in Hollywood and TIME Magazine’s 2019 100 NEXT lists, is the 11th recipient of the Vineyard Theatre’s Paula Vogel Playwrighting Award, a 2016 MacDowell Colony Fellow, an Orchard Project Greenhouse artist, a resident playwright with Colt Coeur, and is under commission from Lincoln Center Theater and Playwrights Horizons. Jeremy is a graduate of the Yale MFA Playwriting Program and currently resides in NYC. Photo by Micaiah Carter for GQ.
Rodney Hicks is a longtime New Yorker, originally from Philadelphia, he now resides in Colorado with his husband and their two dogs. Rodney is an award winning Black Gay male artist. As a playwright he has written The Flawed Play, FLAME BROILED. or the ugly play, Ms. Pearl’s Cabaret (2019 Semi-Finalist Eugene O’Neil Playwriting Conference) & Just Press Save (2018 Semi-Finalist for the Eugene O’Neil Theater Conference). Just Press Save received a virtual workshop this year directed by Michael Greif (Dear Evan Hansen, RENT) as part of the PRIDE Plays Festival of new plays based out of NYC; Flame Broiled. or the ugly play received its world premiere in 2019 at Local Theater Company in Boulder, CO. As an actor, Rodney’s Broadway credits include the Original casts of Come From Away (Bob), The Scottsboro Boys (Clarence Norris), Rent (Paul & others/Closing cast Benny) and the 2000 revival of Jesus Christ Superstar. He has many Off-Broadway/Regional/World theatre credits to his name, along with numerous guest star TV roles, including “Leverage,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Hope & Faith” and “NYPD Blue.” Rodney can currently be seen in the Paramount Pictures film Mighty Oak available on Apple TV/Amazon Prime and other streaming platforms. He reprised the role of ‘Charles’ in the new musical HART ISLAND for the National Alliance Music Theatre in their virtual streaming via Broadway on Demand this past November. Grateful. Photo by Jeffrey Mosier Photography
Joe Iconis is a musical theater writer and performer. He has been nominated for a Tony Award, four Drama Desk Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards, two Outer Critics’ Circle Awards, and is the recipient of an Ed Kleban Award, a Jonathan Larson Award, and a Richard Rodgers Award. Be More Chill (with Joe Tracz) is currently playing London’s West End, after running at Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre and off-Broadway’s The Pershing Square Signature Center after a world premiere at Two River Theater. Joe is the author of Love in Hate Nation (directed by John Simpkins; Two River Theater), Broadway Bounty Hunter (with Lance Rubin and Jason SweetTooth Williams; Barrington Stage Company and Greenwich House Theater Off-Broadway), Bloodsong of Love (Ars Nova, NAMT), The Black Suits (with Robert Maddock; Center Theater Group, Barrington Stage Company), ReWrite (Urban Stages, Goodspeed Opera House), and Theaterworks USA’s The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks and We the People. Musicals currently in development include The Untitled Unauthorized Hunter S. Thompson for La Jolla Playhouse (directed by Christopher Ashley), Punk Rock Girl! His music appeared on season two of NBC’s “Smash.” Albums: Be More Chill (OCR and OBCR, which over 500 million streams); Broadway Bounty Hunter (OCR); Things to Ruin (OCR); Two-Player Game, The Joe Iconis Rock & Roll Jamboree, all available on Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight Records. Joe is hugely inspired by Robert Altman, Dolly Parton, The Muppets, and the Family of artists he frequently surrounds himself with. Photo by Stephanie Wessels. www.MrJoeIconis.com
Telly Leung is a New York City native, Broadway performer, recording artist, producer, & theater arts teacher. His Broadway & national touring credits include Aladdin in Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway, In Transit, Allegiance (with George Takei & Lea Salonga), Godspell, Rent (final Broadway company), Wicked (Boq, original Chicago company), Pacific Overtures, Flower Drum Song. In 2010, he starred as Angel in Rent at the Hollywood Bowl opposite Wayne Brady, directed by Neil Patrick Harris. Regionally, he’s performed at Philadelphia Theater Company, Pittsburgh CLO, The St. Louis MUNY, Dallas Theater Center, The Shakespeare Theater Company in D.C., North Carolina Theater, and North Shore Musical Theater. Television audiences will remember him as Wes the Warbler on “Glee”, as well as his guest star appearances on “Instinct”, “Odd Mom Out,” “Deadbeat” and “Law and Order: Criminal Intent.” Telly is featured as a coach for the Jimmy Awards in the PBS documentary, “Broadway or Bust.” He can be heard on many original Broadway cast recordings and has released two solo albums – I’ll Cover You (2012) and Songs for You (2016) – on The Yellow Sound Label. He holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama. He has taught master classes and courses at American universities like NYU, Nazareth College, The University of Michigan, Carnegie Mellon and Point Park and has been a guest teacher at drama programs all over the world, from Edinburgh to Tokyo. His producing credits include the concert series “Broadway Back Together”,the musical short film GRIND (starring Anthony Rapp) and “The Nice List”, a virtual holiday musical for the whole family. Twitter/Instagram: @tellyleung. Website: www.tellyleung.com
Most recently heard on her latest single Both Sides with Forest Blakkbreleased on Atlantic Records as well as on Vintage Trouble’s latest single Strike Your Light from their sophomore album 1 Hopeful Rd., which hit #1 on the Japanese Rock Charts and moved rapidly to the top on the UK record charts. Marshall has been recently seen and heard as support for 13-time Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Taylor Swift, including all promotional and world tours for The Lover, Reputation, 1989 and RED. Kamilah was one of the Staggering Harlettes with Bette Midler, in The Kiss My Brass World Tour and The Showgirl Must Go On at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. Her Broadway credits include Rent, Disney’s The Lion King and the Original Cast of Hairspray: The Musical and reprised her featured role as a Dynamite in “Hairspray Live on NBC.” With appearances on “Ellen,” “Jimmy Kimmel,” “Late Night with David Letterman,” The Grammy Awards,” “The Tony Awards, “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and much more. Marshall has worked with the some of the best including; Justin Timberlake, Mary J. Blige, Mick Jagger, Wynona Judd, Lizz Wright, Queen Latifah and Matthew Morrison to name a few. Session work includes working with producing giants Salaam Remi (Amy Winehouse, Alicia Keys) and Nile Rogers (Madonna, David Bowie).
Most recently Shakina made television history as the first transgender person to be cast as a series regular on a network sitcom, with her starring role in the NBC’s “Connecting...” Shakina can also be seen in Amazon’s GLAAD Award Winning “Transparent Musicale Finale,” which she helped write and produce with Joey and Faith Soloway, and the Hulu original comedy “Difficult People,” for which she was also a writing consultant. Her play Chonburi International Hotel and Butterfly Club, a great American play about trans women in Thailand, premiered on Audible in 2020, in collaboration with Williamstown Theatre Festival. Shakina is also the voice of Hana in the English dub of Satoshi Kon’s anime classic Tokyo Godfathers, and has appeared previously on television in “Jessica Jones” (Netflix) and “The Detour” (TBS) and on Broadway in 24-Hour Plays and The Red Bucket Follies. She is the Founding Artistic Director of Musical Theatre Factory in New York City, where she helped to develop hundreds of new musicals including Michael R. Jackson’s Pulitzer Prize winning A Strange Loop and her own autobiographical glam rock odyssey, Manifest Pussy. Shakina is currently developing a television pilot based on her life story, an original movie for Lifetime Television, and a rock opera, JUNK, with the Swedish pop band Brainpool. Recognitions include The Lilly Award for Working Miracles, Theatre Resources Unlimited Humanitarian Award, The Kilroys List, Logo 30, and two-time Drama League fellow and two-time OUT 100 honoree. More at www.Shakina.nyc and @shakeenz
Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award winner Ben Platt has been seen most recently in the highly popular Netflix series by Ryan Murphy, “The Politican.” which released its second season this past June. Ben stars and serves as the executive producer on the series – his performance in Season 1 earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and the show received a nomination for Best Comedy. Coming off the heels of his widely acclaimed Finneas-produced single, “So Will I,” Ben also released his highly anticipated solo concert Netflix Special “Ben Platt: Live from Radio City Hall” along with a deluxe version of his album, Sing To Me Instead on May 20th. It was recently announced that Ben will be starring alongside Beanie Feldstein in the film adaption of the Stephen Sondheim musical, Merrily We Roll Along directed by Richard Linklater. Ben will also reprise his Tony Award winning role in Universal Film’s adaption of Dear Evan Hansen along with Amy Adams, Julianne Moore, Kaitlyn Dever, and Amandla Steinberg. Ben is an Atlantic Records artist who released his critically acclaimed debut album, Sing To Me Instead along with a new single not on the album called, The Rain, which he debuted at the 2019 US open. He is also currently in the studio working on new music. No stranger to the big screen, Ben is known for his role as Benji Applebaum in Universal Pictures’ smash hits Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2. He has also starred in Ricki and The Flash alongside Meryl Streep and in Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk as well as guest starred in the Will & Grace reboot for NBC. He also filmed Broken Diamonds directed by Peter Sattler. This year, Ben starred in the film, Run This Town alongside Damian Lewis and Nina Dobrev, which premiered the 2019 SXSW film festival to rave reviews. Platt won the 2017 Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for his performance as Evan Hansen, as well as the Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance, making him the youngest actor to win the coveted award. Additionally, Dear Evan Hansen won the Tony award for Best Musical and the cast recording took home the Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album as well as a Daytime Emmy Award for their performance on The Today Show. He has also starred in the following national tours: Caroline, or Change (directed by George C. Wolfe and Tony Kushner). Regional Credits: The Black Suits (Barrington Stage Company), The Power of Duff (New York Stage and Film, Stephen Belber), Dead End (directed by Nicholas Martin, Ahmanson Theatre), The Music Man, Mame, Camelot, and The Sound of Music (Hollywood Bowl, directed by Gordon Hunt). Concerts: I’m Here (solo show, 54 Below sold-out engagement), The Secret Garden (25th Anniversary). Workshops/Readings: Breaking Bobby Stone (directed by Peter Scolari), Murder at the Gates (directed by Peter Dubois, Steven Sater), Alice By Heart (Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik), Irma La Douce (directed by Rob Ashford, starring Katie Holmes), Bridges of Madison County (directed by Bartlett Sher, Jason Robert Brown). Photo Credit Zoey Grossman for Netflix.
Anthony Rapp has been acting and singing professionally since he was nine years old. With an extensive list of achievements, Rapp is best known for originating the role of ‘Mark Cohen’ in Jonathan Larson’s Tony Award-winning rock opera, Rent, for which he shared an OBIE Award with the rest of the cast. He reprised his role in Chris Columbus’s film adaptation opposite other members of the original cast.
Anthony can currently be seen on CBS Interactive’s “Star Trek: Discovery” playing the series regular role of ‘Lieutenant Stamets’, a Starfleet science officer aboard the Starship Discovery. Recently, Rapp appeared on CBS All Access’s hit spin-off series “The Good Fight” and was also seen on Season 2 of the Netflix hit show “13 Reasons Why.”
Anthony has been featured in a number of iconic feature films ranging from dramas like the Oscar-award winning A Beautiful Mind, Six Degrees of Separation, and The Other Woman opposite Natalie Portman, to comedies like Dazed and Confused with Matthew McConaughey and Road Trip directed by Todd Phillips.
Anthony starred in the Broadway production and national tour If/Then from the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning creators of Next to Normal. He joined former Rent cast member Idina Menzel in this romantic and original musical about how choice and chance collide and how we learn to love the fallout. Anthony made 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. Additional Broadway credits include the revival of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and John Guare’s Six Degrees of Separation. Other theater credits include Raised In Captivity (Vineyard Theatre), Trafficking in Broken Hearts (Atlantic), Some Americans Abroad (Second Stage), Dedalus Lounge (Interart Theatre Annex), and the national tour of Little Shop of Horrors.
A writer as well, Anthony penned Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical Rent (Simon & Schuster) 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. He adapted the book into a one-man show entitled Without You which he has performed on stages both nationally and internationally.
In 2000, he released his debut album, Look Around. He has performed his music in clubs and colleges throughout the country.
Jai’s illustrious career began at age 18, when he was cast as ‘Angel’ in the critically acclaimed musical RENT – making him the youngest actor to be cast in a leading role. Following his Broadway breakout role, he appeared on stage in productions of The Producers and Spinning Into Butter. He additionally created and performed the title role of ‘Zanna’ in the off-Broadway sensation Zanna, Don’t!. With his dynamic vocals, Jai has had the honor of sharing the stage with musical legends Gladys Knight, Patti Labelle, Brian McKnight, Taylor Dayne and Michelle Williams. Jai has since performed numerous one-man shows across the nation, and finished his Las Vegas residency last year headlining another Off-Broadway hit Sex Tips For Straight Women From A Gay Man alongside Kendra Wilkinson.
In 2003, Jai made history as the ‘Culture Vulture’ in the original ‘Queer Eye Fab Five,’ alongside his castmates Ted Allen, Carson Kressley, Kyan Douglas and Thom Filicia. The show, which ultimately shaped American television and cultural representation of the LGBTQ community, lasted from 2003 through 2007 and along the way, picked up both a Primetime Emmy Award and a GLAAD Media Award for ‘Outstanding Reality Program,’ as well nominations from the PGA Awards, People’s Choice Awards and Teen Choice Awards.
Continuing with a prominent career in television, Jai has hosted and played roles in dozens of popular television series throughout the course of the past few years. Following his role on “Queer Eye,” Jai starred opposite of Reba McEntire and Lily Tomlin in ABC’s hit comedy “Malibu Country.” Making his the first man to garner fame from reality TV to become series regular on a scripted Network show. He also appeared in numerous TV shows such as ABC’s “Detroit 1-8-7,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Are You There Chelsea?,” “Bones,” and as a trans woman in NBC’s “Harry’s Law.” Jai even had a quick stint as the newscaster in the “Lady Gaga Feat. Beyoncé: Telephone” music video. Touching base internationally, Jai starred in a couple seasons of the Australian series “The Horizon” – the most watched LGBTQ web series in the world. While in the realm of reality TV, he has hosted countless series including Animal Planet’s “Groomer Has It” – and partnered with major networks such as LOGO, FX, Teen Nick and Lifetime.
This year, Jai can be seen in a recurring role on Hulu’s forthcoming comedy “Dollface” (alongside Kat Dennings and Shay Mitchell), as a returning role in Netflix’s fourth season of “Eastsiders,” in the second season of the Australian series “The Horizon” (the most watched LGBTQ web series in the world), and as the host of 5 Lifetime’s “Dance Moms” reunion shows. Jai was heard across the nation as the host of ‘The Morning Beat’ when he helped Entercom make it the first nationwide syndicated LGBTQ talk radio station called ‘Channel Q.’ Last year Jai guest starred on ABCs The Rookie as a man on edge with a deadly plan. He rejoined his Queer Eye cast to compete on Family Feud against the new cast of Queer Eye where he won 25K for his team who were playing for his favorite charity THE TREVOR PROJECT. In 2021 can see Jai and the rest of the OG Queer Eye guys on E! on their new project: REUNITED. He also hosted the daytime Emmys in July presenting the Digital Drama awards.
Daphne can next be seen in the upcoming Warner Bros feature In The Heights, directed by Jon Chu, playing Daniela. She shot the Netflix series “Social Distance,” produced by Jenji Kohan and Tara Hermann, and Same Storm, the newest Peter Hedges film, during the early months of COVID. A staple of the New York theatre community, Daphne earned a Tony nomination for her portrayal of ‘Mimi’ in the original cast of Rent, and another for Anna in the Tropics. Daphne was most recently seen in the heavily recurring role of Luisa Lopez on “Katy Keene,” the CW spinoff off, “Riverdale” and on the Netflix series, “Tales of the City.” Daphne starred in the musical, Miss You Like Hell at The Public Theatre, and in the one-woman show Empanada Loca, which was written for her. She is now helping adapt the play into the Spotify scripted podcast, “The Horror of Dolores Roach,” and is currently developing it into a series with Blumhouse TV.
Ali Stroker won the 2019 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her role as Ado Annie in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! She most recently starred in the Lifetime holiday film, Christmas Ever After. Ali made history as the first actor in a wheelchair to appear on Broadway in Deaf West’s acclaimed 2015 revival of Spring Awakening. She starred in 12 episodes of “The Glee Project,” winning a guest role on Fox’s “Glee.” She recurred in the ABC series, “Ten Days in the Valley” and guest starred on Freeform’s “The Bold Type,” Fox’s “Lethal Weapon,” CBS’ “Instinct,” The CW’s “Charmed” and Comedy Central’s “Drunk History.” She’s performed her cabaret act at Green Room 42 and solo’ed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, New York’s Town Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and Carnegie Hall. Her mission to improve the lives of others through the arts, disabled or not, is captured in her motto: “Turning Your Limitations Into Your Opportunities.”
Jennifer Ashley Tepper is producer of the musicals Be More Chill, Broadway Bounty Hunter, and Love In Hate Nation, recent projects that are part of a decade-long collaboration with the group known as Joe Iconis & Family. From producing small concerts in basements to producing a show on Broadway, Tepper has cultivated the theatrical collective which The New York Times called “the future of musical theatre”. She is also the Creative and Programming Director at Feinstein’s/54 Below, where she has curated or produced over 3000 shows, including musicals in concert, original solo acts, theatrical reunions, songwriter celebrations, and more. Tepper’s leadership at the venue has gained praise from publications including The Huffington Post, The New York Times, Buzzfeed, Playbill, Newsday, The New York Post, and more. As a writer, Tepper has authored three volumes of The Untold Stories of Broadway book series, published by Dress Circle. NBC New York has called the books an “inspiring Must-Read”. Published in 2013, 2014, and 2016, each book has occupied the #1 spot on Amazon.com’s Best Sellers List in Broadway & Musicals. On Broadway, Tepper has worked on [title of show], The Performers, Godspell, Macbeth, and The Parisian Woman, and off-Broadway Smokey Joe’s Café and Boys’ Life. Tepper is the conceiver and director of The Jonathan Larson Project which premiered in fall 2018 and received an original cast recording from Ghostlight Records. She is historian consultant on the upcoming tick, tick… BOOM! movie and co-creator of the Bistro Award- winning concert series, If It Only Even Runs A Minute, now in its 11th year. Tepper recently received a 2020 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award. She was named one of the 10 professionals on Backstage Magazine‘s “1st Annual Broadway Future Power List”, which stated: “Proving herself both a zeitgeist predictor and theatrical historian with her eclectic programming, Tepper is leading the conversation on contemporary musical theatre.”
Ivo van Hove is General Director of International Theatre Amsterdam (former Toneelgroep Amsterdam) since 2001. He was artistic director of the Holland Festival from 1998 to 2004. His productions tour all over the world: the Edinburgh Festival, Taipeh, The Barbican London, the Ruhrtriennale, Vienna Festival, Seoul, Sydney, Buenos Aires, New York and Festival d’Avignon. Works Van Hove has directed include Angels in America, a staged version of Yanagihara’s A Little Life, Shakespeare’s Roman tragedies and Kings of War, Bergman’s Scenes from a Marriage, Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead and the musical Rent. Other selected international credits include A View from the Bridge at the Young Vic, Network and Hedda Gabler at the National Theatre, Visconti’s Obsession at the Barbican, and productions for Schaubühne Berlin, Paris’s Théâtre de l’Odéon and Comédie-Française and in New York he directed A streetcar named desire and Hedda Gabler at NYTW, A View from the Bridge, The Crucible, Network and West Side Story on Broadway. With David Bowie and Enda Walsh he created Lazarus, which he also directed in London and Amsterdam. Opera credits include The Makropulos Case, Salome for Dutch National Opera, Boris Godunov and Don Giovanni for Paris Opéra, world premiere Brokeback Mountain for Teatro Real Madrid, Macbeth for Opéra de Lyon, La clemenza di Tito and Idomeneo for La Monnaie, Brussels, Mazepa for Komische Oper Berlin and Mahagonny in Festival Aix en Provence. Van Hove has received many international accolades including two Tony Awards, two Obies and two Olivier Awards and many awards in France, Belgium and the Netherlands. He is a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, received the Flemish Culture Prize for Overall Cultural Merit (2015) and has been made a Commander of the Order of the Crown by King Filip of Belgium. In 2019 he was awarded the Dutch state art prize; the Johannes Vermeer prize.
Andy Señor Jr. was born and raised in Miami, Florida. He was the Associate Director of Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s musical On Your Feet! on Broadway, Netherlands, and UK West End Productions as well as Roundabout Theatre Company’s Broadway production of Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn. He served as Associate Director on the new musical FLY at Dallas Theatre Center with Jeffrey Seller. Andy made his professional debut in the Tony Award winning musical RENT as “Angel,” playing the role on Broadway, London’s West End, and US National and International Tours. Later he became the Assistant Director to Michael Greif on the RENT revival Off Broadway, and went on to re-stage the production in Tokyo, Japan and the historic production in Havana, Cuba. Most recently he directed two new Nilo Cruz plays, Tsunami and Farhad, or The Secret of Being. He holds a BFA in Theatre from Florida International University who honored him with a Torch Award, noting him as a distinguished alumni, and further trained at The Public Theatre’s Shakespeare LAB where he appeared in All’s Well That Ends Well at the PUBLIC Theatre. His documentary Revolution RENT will be released this summer and will be available to stream.
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