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'If/Then' Star Leads Tour of 'His' New York

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The Broadway musical "If/Then" is a valentine to the city of New York. NY1's Frank DiLella recently caught up with "If/Then" star, actor Anthony Rapp, who took Frank on a very personal tour of some of his favorite and personal spots in the city.

NYC, what is it about you? With a population of more than 8.4 million people, everyone has a story. In the Broadway musical "If/Then," the Big Apple is front and center and—like real life—all the characters in the show claim they have their own version of New York. To keep with the spirit of the musical, I met up with actor Anthony Rapp, who took me on a walking tour of his NYC.

Our starting point was New York Theatre Workshop in the East Village.

"This is the place where my life transformed," Rapp said.

The late Jonathan Larson's groundbreaking musical "Rent" debuted at the workshop.

Rapp created the role of Mark Cohen under the helm of his current "If/Then" director Michael Greif. It's also where he first shared the stage with his "If/Then" co-star, Tony-winning actress Idina Menzel.

DiLella: "When did you know "Rent" was something special? I mean, "Rent," the phenomenon, was created here behind these doors."
Rapp: "I knew it was something special the first day of rehearsal when we learned 'Seasons of Love'—that was the first thing we did."

And on the topic of rent, just a few blocks away, Rapp showed me his first apartment.

"This is where I lived for eight years. This was my first real apartment," he said.

From living to eating, a place that brings back memories of sharing meals with his "Rent" family is Cafe Orlin.

"There were a couple places we would go on our lunch break during rehearsals and this was one of those staples," Rapp explained.

Finally, we moved on to something a bit more recent.

"On Monday June 23, my knee exploded and the following day—the 24—I met who turned out to be my surgeon, Dr. Feldman, here. It's a very important place for me now and whenever I come by here— it will always have that kind of resonance," he recalled.

From street to stage, to see Anthony celebrating the complex yet intimate city of Gotham, you can catch him in "If/Then" on Broadway.

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