By By Kerry Clawson, Beacon Journal arts writer (Ohio.com) [Feb. 5, 2016]
Anthony Rapp continues to live the musical theater dream, touring the country introducing audiences to a musical that he loves and having just launched the first BroadwayCon, which engaged fans with musical theater performers and creators for a full weekend of events in New York on Jan. 22-24.
A blizzard hit New York hard and Broadway shows were shuttered Jan. 23. But BroadwayCon, held at the Hilton Midtown and co-created by Rapp, was unstoppable, drawing some 5,000 people.
“It exceeded our wildest hopes and expectation of what it was gonna be like and feel like,” Rapp said of the new theater geek convention.
Rapp, 44, who plays Lucas in If/Then, had planned to miss only the Jan. 21-23 performances in Costa Mesa with outgoing Broadway co-stars Idina Menzel, LaChanze and James Snyder. But the blizzard put a big kink in his plans to join their final Jan. 24 performance.
“Because of the storm, I actually wound up missing Sunday as well, which was sad,” said Rapp, speaking by phone Jan. 29 from Dallas, where he had rejoined the tour.
“Some other me is onstage in Costa mesa w/ @idinamenzel @laChanze & @thejamessnyder rather than in the security line at JFK. Heartsick,” Rapp tweeted Jan. 24.