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Jonathan Larson

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New York City (1981 – 1996)

Jonathan Larson (February 4, 1960 – January 25, 1996) was an American composer from New York City who created musicals including Rent (1996) and tick, tick…BOOM! (1990).

These musicals seriously tackle issues such as multiculturalism, addiction, sexual orientation and HIV. Rent was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and won four Tony Awards. The scores of his shows reveal that he was an apt composer and lyricist.

One tick, tick…BOOM! song called “Sunday” is an homage to Stephen Sondheim, who supported Larson. It stays close to the melody and lyrics of Sondheim’s own song of the same title but turning it from a manifesto about art into a waiter’s lament.

Among the many awards he received during and after his lifetime were: the Pulitzer Prize for Drama (for Rent), the Richard Rodgers Production Award, the Richard Rodgers Development Grant, the Stephen Sondheim Award, the Gilman and Gonzalez-Falla Theatre Foundation’s Commendation Award, the Tonys for Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, and Best Score of a Musical for Rent, the Drama Desks for Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Book, and Best Lyrics (also for Rent), the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical (again for Rent), the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical in the Off-Broadway category (another for Rent), and three Obie Awards for Outstanding Book, Outstanding Lyrics and Outstanding Music (yet again for Rent).

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  • jotalina

    RENT changes your life. Musically and perspective wise. Thank you, Mr. Larson. [12]

    21 Apr 4:15am Reply
  • Mariana_Sillva

    RENT changes your life. Musically and perspective wise. Thank you, Mr. Larson. [11]

    23 Jan 8:59pm Reply
  • OmmKalthoumFan

    RENT changes your life. Musically and perspective wise. Thank you, Mr. Larson. [10] Thank you Glee <3

    14 Oct 2013 Reply
  • viniduart

    RENT changes your life. Musically and perspective wise. Thank you, Mr. Larson. [9]

    14 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Musielakus

    RENT changes your life. Musically and perspective wise. Thank you, Mr. Larson. [8]

    14 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Joonl

    RENT changes your life. Musically and perspective wise. Thank you, Mr. Larson. [7]

    7 Jun 2013 Reply
  • apptfire

    check out my song-a-day blog featuring Light My Candle from RENT www.appartmentfire.tumblr.com/

    12 Mar 2013 Reply
  • roiboi

    RENT changes your life. Musically and perspective wise. Thank you, Mr. Larson. [6]

    1 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Guibs_

    RENT changes your life. Musically and perspective wise. Thank you, Mr. Larson. [5]

    22 Jan 2013 Reply
  • ElizabethzABish

    Haven't listened to this in yeeeeears. Sigh, I wish I were on Broadway D:

    5 Jul 2012 Reply
  • daryatatarina

    Thank you, Jonathan Larson, for changing my life with your moving, philosophical musical and for the endless goosebumps and joy and inspiration I get when I listen to it..it taught me about living my life for each day. Thank you again. [7] <3

    23 May 2012 Reply
  • iamvee

    Thank you, Jonathan Larson, for changing my life with your moving, philosophical musical and for the endless goosebumps and joy and inspiration I get when I listen to it..it taught me about living my life for each day. Thank you again. [6]

    21 May 2012 Reply
  • BlueVogue

    Thank you, Jonathan Larson, for changing my life with your moving, philosophical musical and for the endless goosebumps and joy and inspiration I get when I listen to it..it taught me about living my life for each day. Thank you again. [4]

    3 May 2012 Reply
  • Gustavoarauujo

    will i <3

    28 Apr 2012 Reply
  • MarcusBurt

    Thank you, Jonathan Larson, for changing my life with your moving, philosophical musical and for the endless goosebumps and joy and inspiration I get when I listen to it..it taught me about living my life for each day. Thank you again. [3]

    26 Apr 2012 Reply
  • GemmabearRAVE

    Thank You Jonathan Larson <3

    4 Apr 2012 Reply
  • chefcarlitos

    RENT changes your life. Musically and perspective wise. Thank you, Mr. Larson. [4]

    18 Feb 2012 Reply
  • PrinceLansten

    Thank you, Jonathan Larson, for changing my life with your moving, philosophical musical and for the endless goosebumps and joy and inspiration I get when I listen to it..it taught me about living my life for each day. Thank you again. [2]

    28 Jan 2012 Reply
  • luthiema

    RENT changes your life. Musically and perspective wise. Thank you, Mr. Larson. [3]

    23 Jan 2012 Reply
  • CountryDiva83

    i get to see a local production in July in Seattle can't wait

    9 Jan 2012 Reply
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