"Rent" stars Idina Menzel and Anthony Rapp reflect on the groundbreaking musical's 25th anniversary – and how it set the stage for "Hamilton"
The credit goes to director Michael Greif and Jonathan Larson, who wrote the book, music and lyrics for the musical. "He was convinced he had the chance to change the face of musical theater," Rapp, who played the struggling filmmaker Mark, said of Larson's legacy. Millions of people around the world have fallen in love with the words and music that Jonathan Larson created. "Jonathan Larson changed my life by believing in me and seeing the talents in me," Menzel told CBS News. Later this year, the world will hear more about Jonathan Larson when "Tick, Tick...Boom!cbsnews.com
Anthony Rapp sues Kevin Spacey on sex assault allegation
NEW YORK Actor Anthony Rapp and another man filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against actor Kevin Spacey, accusing him of sexual assaults in the 1980s when they were teens. When Rapp first made the accusation, Spacey issued a statement saying he didn't remember the encounter but apologized. In the lawsuit, the plaintiff said Spacey attempted to assault him sexually on his final visit. In July, prosecutors in Massachusetts dropped a case after the 18-year-old man who accused Spacey of groping him refused to testify. The Associated Press does not normally name people alleging sexual assault unless they come forward publicly, as Rapp has done.
Kevin Spacey's legal woes persist even with groping case out
The groping allegation was first brought in 2017, days after Spacey's first accuser, actor Anthony Rapp , said Spacey climbed on top of him on a bed when Rapp was 14 and Spacey 26. Spacey said he did not remember such an encounter with Rapp but apologized if the allegations were true. Spacey also used the statement to disclose he is gay.chicagotribune.com