Concert Commercial from the Rent Guys…

September 19th, 2011, 12:00 pm by Greg

Anthony Rapp and Adam Pascal – two of the stars of the original, award-winning production of “Rent” – team up for a double-bill (and some songs together, too) at The Egg in Albany at 8pm on Saturday (September 24). Tix are $29.50 and $34.50. PS – Woodstock’s own David Malachowski is playing guitar in Rapp’s band.


Five Firsts: Daniel Weiss of “Rent” @ Schenectady Light Opera

August 11th, 2011, 11:00 am by Greg

Daniel Weiss

Daniel Weiss

NAME: Daniel Weiss
BAND AFFILIATION: Anthony Rapp, David Malachowski & the Woodstock Allstars

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … “More of the Monkees”

2. THE FIRST CONCERT I EVER SAW WAS … the Maynard Ferguson band somewhere in Long Island

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … a no-name Japanese red electric guitar


5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … a block party band in Brooklyn. I played guitar. We were a trio with drums and a guy who played Wurlitzer and trumpet. No bass. We worked very cheaply.

Keyboardist Daniel Weiss can be heard playing in the band for the Schenectady Light Opera production of “Rent,” which opens at 8pm on Friday. Weiss worked as associate conductor and assistant musical director on the original New York Theater Workshop production of “Rent” and continued with “Rent” for seven years on Broadway. Weiss, who is also a member of David Malachowski & the Woodstock Allstars, is currently the musical director for Anthony Rapp, one of the original stars of “Rent.” Directed by Matthew T. Teichner, SLOC’s production of “Rent” runs through Sunday, August 21. Tix are $18-$38.

LIVE: “Rent” @ The Egg, 4/2/11

April 4th, 2011, 3:00 pm by Greg
Rent @ The Egg, 4/2/11

No day but today.

It was last July when I got an email inquiring if I’d be interested in playing the guitar in a play in New York City. Called “Without You,” it starred Anthony Rapp, who was in the original cast of the huge hit play “RENT” on Broadway.

I was doing a lot of work in New York City when “RENT” opened in 1996 and remember the big buzz surrounding it, and the posters, which were plastered all over town. The ground-breaking play, based on Giacomo Puccini’s opera “La boheme,” tells the story of starving artists and musicians in Manhattan’s lower east side trying to get ahead while drugs and AIDs ravaged their community. It went on to win Tonys, a Pulitzer, became the eighth most successful show in Broadway history, and eventually was made into a major film by Chris Columbus, none of which creator Jonathan Larson ever saw, as he died tragically of an aortic aneurysm the night before the first scheduled preview.

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