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Rent's due, at last.

WHEN OUT ACTOR Anthony Rapp heard that director Chris Columbus was finally bringing Rent to the big screen, he didn't sit by the phone waiting for an offer to reprise his Broadway role as aspiring filmmaker Mark Cohen: He was well aware that when shows become movies--like, say, Chicago---the stage actors are often replaced by more bankable movie stars.

"I had done Adventures in Babysitting with Chris years ago, says Rapp, currently starring in the tour of Little Shop of Horrors, "but I didn't imagine it would work out the way it worked out." Not only is Rapp getting to reprise his role but most of his original costars--including Taye Diggs, Adam Pascal, and Idina Menzel--are in talks to come back as well.

"I went on the Internet and saw that some people feel like we're too old for the parts, but I like to think that people in their early '30s are still young," says Rapp, 33. Hey, it worked for Grease.
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Title Annotation:the Buzz
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Dec 21, 2004
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