Broadway icon from rock musical RENT teaches masterclass and performs “Seasons of Love” with Babson’s student a cappella group

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The Babson Richard W. Sorenson Center for the Arts recently hosted Broadway icon Anthony Rapp at a special screening of the film RENT, which included a Q&A session with the star followed by a performance of “Seasons of Love” by The Rocket Pitches, Babson College’s a cappella group. 

“It was such a thrill to host Anthony – a Broadway icon – at Babson College,” said Steven Maler, Director of the Sorenson Center for the Arts. “It was so wonderful seeing him interact with the students, in the master class and in the rehearsals and performance of Seasons of Love with The Rocket Pitches. It was fascinating to see him draw the parallels of his journey as an actor to the students’ dreams for their futures.”

Set in New York City's gritty East Village, the revolutionary rock opera RENT tells the story of a group of bohemians struggling to live and pay their rent. Measuring their lives in love, these starving artists strive for success and acceptance while enduring the obstacles of poverty, illness, and the AIDS epidemic. RENT is based on Jonathan Larson's Pulitzer and Tony Award winning musical, one of the longest running shows on Broadway. In addition to Mr Rapp, it featured riveting performances from musical stars Rosario Dawson, Taye Diggs, Wilson Jermaine Heredia, Jesse L. Martin, Idina Menzel, Adam Pascal, and Tracie Thoms and is directed by Chris Columbus.

Anthony Rapp's Broadway credits include: If/Then (upcoming), Rent, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Six Degrees of Separation, Precious Sons (Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama Desk nomination). Off-Broadway: Raised in Captivity, Sophistry, The Destiny of Me, Some Americans Abroad, among others. Film: A Beautiful Mind, Rent, Dazed and Confused, Adventures in Babysitting, School Ties, Six Degrees of Separation, Man of the Century, Road Trip, Winter Passing. TV: The X-Files, Law & Order: SVU, and Psych. Author of Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical Rent, which was adapted into the one-man show, Without You, and performed nationally and internationally.

The screening was part of the Malcolm K. Stearns ’81 Memorial Film Fund Series. BabsonARTS programming is made possible by the generosity of Richard W. ’68 and Sandra L. Sorenson. 

Watch the Q&A with Anthony Rapp

About The Babson Richard W. Sorenson Center for the Arts

The Richard W. Sorenson Center for the Arts (Sorenson Center) offers a diverse array of programming in theater, dance, music, film, video, literary art, and visual arts for on-campus audiences and the general public at the College’s award-winning Carling-Sorenson Theater and Sorenson Family Visual Arts Center. It also supports the creative and performing experiences of student organizations while offering field-based learning opportunities for students working within business and liberal arts curricula.

About Babson College

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By Barbara Spies Blair,, 781-239-4621 | 01/27/2014 06:00