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Jonathan Larson

Biography

Won three Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Reserve, and Best Rating posthumously for his focus on Lease. The extremely acclaimed musical also garnered him a posthumous Pulitzer Award for Drama. A few of his first works are the musical Sacrimmoralinority and Superbia, the last mentioned of which was intended to end up being an version of George Orwell’s 1984, but Orwell rejected him the privileges. Probably his renowned various other piece was the rock and roll monologue tick, tick… Increase!, that was originally entitled 30/90 and Boho Times before finishing as it is well known. Born in Light Plains, NY, he passed away the morning hours of Rent’s preview functionality off-Broadway unexpectedly. He previously several musical affects including the rings The Beatles as well as the Doors aswell as renowned performer Billy Joel.

Quick Facts


Date Of Birth February 4, 1960
Place Of Birth New York
Profession Playwright
Education Adelphi University
Nationality American
Parents Nanette Larson, Allan Larson
Siblings Julie Larson
Awards Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical, Tony Award for Best Original Score, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lyrics, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical, Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical, Obie Award for Special Citations
Nominations Mastercard Best New Musical, Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical, Lambda Literary Award for Drama
Movies Rent: Filmed Live on Broadway, Rent
Star Sign Aquarius

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#Fact
1He was awarded the 1997 Back Stage Garland Award for Outstanding Musical Score for "Rent" in a Center Theatre Group production at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
2His musical, "Rent" in the Center Theatre Group production at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, California was awarded the 1997 Drama Logue Award for Production.
3His musical, "Rent," at the Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre in Chicago, Illinois was awarded the 2016 Joseph Jefferson (Non-Equity) Award for Musical or Revue Production.
4His musical, "Rent" at the American Theater Company and About Face Theatres in Chicago, Illinois was nominated for a 2012 Equity Joseph Jefferson Award or Musical Production (Midsize).
5One of Larson's many friends to die young of AIDS was Alison Gertz, whose story was dramatized in the TV movie Something to Live For: The Alison Gertz Story (1992) (TV). One of the attendees of the AIDS support group depicted in the theatrical and cinematic versions of Larson's musical "Rent" is named Ali in her honor. In Something to Live For, Gertz was played by Molly Ringwald, who went on to appear in Larson's off-Broadway musical "tick, tick...BOOM!".
6At Adlelphi University, he was the college roommate of director/writer Todd Robinson.
7Postumously won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize in Drama for the musical Rent (2005), which is loosely based on Giacomo Puccini's opera "La Bohème.".
8Biography in "American National Biography," Supplement 1, pp. 343-344. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
9Posthumously won two Tony Awards in 1996 for "Rent": as Best Book (Musical) and as Best Original Musical Score, both music and lyrics.
10Influences include Jesus Christ Superstar (1973) (Andrew Lloyd Webber), The Beatles, Prince (aka Rogers Nelson), The Police, and Stephen Sondheim.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Nunca es tarde2016TV Series writer - 1 episode
Catalunya aixeca el teló2015TV Movie writer: "Hores d'amor Seasons of Love"
Those People2015writer: "Seasons of Love" - as Jonathan D. Larson
Saturday Night Live2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
GirlsTV Series lyrics - 1 episode, 2014 music - 1 episode, 2014
GleeTV Series writer - 1 episode, 2013 lyrics - 1 episode, 2011 music - 1 episode, 2011
From Broadway with Love: A Benefit Concert for Sandy Hook2013TV Movie writer: "Seasons of Love"
So You Think You Can Dance2011-2013TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Ànima2013TV Series writer - 1 episode
Idina Menzel Live: Barefoot at the Symphony2012TV Special writer: "No Day But Today"
Dancing with the StarsTV Series lyrics - 1 episode, 2011 music - 1 episode, 2011
The Office2011TV Series writer - 1 episode
So You Think You Can Dance Canada2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
Will Ferrell: You're Welcome America - A Final Night with George W Bush2009TV Special writer: "Seasons of Love" - as Jonathan D. Larson
The 62nd Annual Tony Awards2008TV Special music: "La Vie Boheme" / writer: "Seasons of Love"
The Big Bang TheoryTV Series lyrics - 1 episode, 2008 music - 1 episode, 2008
Rent2005writer: "Seasons of Love", "Rent", "You'll See", "One Song Glory", "Light My Candle", "Today 4 U", "Tango: Maureen", "Life Support", "Another Day/No Day But Today reprise", "Out Tonight", "Will I?", "Santa Fe", "I'll Cover You", "Over the Moon", "La Vie Boheme", "I Should Tell You", "Take Me or Leave Me", "Without You", "Goodbye Love", "What You Own", "Finale A", "Your Eyes", "Finale B/No Day But Today", "Seasons of Love B Reprise", "La Vie Boheme B Reprise", "I'll Cover You Reprise/Seasons Of L
Great PerformancesTV Series lyrics - 1 episode, 2001 music - 1 episode, 2001
The 51st Annual Tony Awards1997TV Special writer: "Rent"
The 50th Annual Tony Awards1996TV Special writer: "Seasons of Love", "La Vie Boheme"

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
No Day But Today2016Short characters - uncredited
Rent: Filmed Live on Broadway2008TV Movie book
Rent2005book of musical play
Away We Go!1996Video short

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
No Day But Today2016Short composer: theme music - uncredited
Currents2008Short viola
Rent2005music and lyrics by

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
No Day But Today: The Story of 'Rent'2006Video documentary
Away We Go!1996Video short

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Away We Go!1996Video short

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Away We Go!1996Video shortElevator passenger

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Rent2005in memory of

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
HBO Boxing After Dark2011TV SeriesHimself - Interpreter

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
No Day But Today: The Story of 'Rent'2006Video documentaryHimself
Broadway: The American Musical2004TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2006OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Music, Adapted SongRent (2005)· Adam Pascal (performed by)
· Rosario Dawson (performed by)
2006OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Music, Adapted SongRent (2005)· Rosario Dawson (performed by)
· Taye Diggs (performed by)
· Idina Menzel (performed by)
· Jesse L. Martin (performed by)
· Adam Pascal (performed by)
· Tracie Thoms (performed by)
· Wilson Jermaine Heredia (performed by)
· Anthony Rapp (performed by)


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#Quote
1With this work I celebrate my friends and the many others who continue to fulfill their dreams and to live their lives in the shadow of AIDS. In these dangerous times, where it seems the world is ripping apart at the seams, we can all learn how to survive from those who stare death squarely in the face every day, and we should reach out to each other and bond as a community, rather than hide from the terrors of life at the end of the millennium.


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