Rent Star Lives La Vie Boheme


Daphne Rubin-Vega at Joe’s Pub, photo by Broadway World

The probing and lively Theater Talk is the go-to show for Broadway buzz, with your yin-yang hosts Susan Haskins and Michael Riedel serving as your proverbial ushers. I just shot a segment for them with Daphne Rubin-Vega, Rent‘s original Mimi, about that boho smash’s impact and legacy as it goes into foreclosure. In the green room, Daphne told me that at the height of her Rent explosion, her dad would get e-mails from guys saying his daughter almost turned them straight. I know the feeling; she once flashed me her cleavage to show me the holographic bra she had on, and I immediately ran home and burned my Madonna records. To pay her own rent, Daphne just filmed a part in the Sex and the City movie, as a woman giving Carrie marital advice in a bathroom, so she’d better be prepared for a whole new wave of rabid gay adoration!

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