Jonathan Larson

Playwright, Composer, Librettist
Born: 02/04/1960 in Mount Vernon, New York, USA

Filmography

Music (2)

Rent 2005 (Movie)

(Music)

Rent 2005 (Movie)

(Lyrics)
Writer (2)

Rent: Filmed Live on Broadway 2008 (Movie)

(from play: "Rent") (Source Material)

Rent 2005 (Movie)

(Based on Play By) (Source Material)

Relationships

Allan S Larson

Father

Nannette Larson

Mother

Julie Larson

Sister
born c. 1954

Victoria Leacock

Companion
met while both were attending Adelphi University later helped Larson to produce his plays "tick...tick...BOOM!" and "Superbia" also produced Off-Broadway production of "tick...tick...BOOM!"

EDUCATION

Adelphi University

Garden City , New York 1978 - 1982
attended on full-tuition scholarship; wrote first musical "sacrimoralimmorality", later retitled "Saved"

Milestones

2001

Reworked version of "tick...tick...BOOM!" produced Off-Broadway

1996

Opening night of "Rent" at New York Theatre Workshop (February 13)

1996

Dress rehearsal of "Rent" (January 24)

1996

Broadway opening of "Rent" (April 29); show went on to win the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award

1996

Died of undiagnosed heart trouble, possibly brought on by Marfan Syndrome (January 25)

1995

Made two visits to hospital emergency rooms with chest pains; diagnosed with food poisoning or the flu

1995

Worked with director Michael Grief and New York Theatre Workshop artistic director Jim Nicola on shaping "Rent"; show began rehearsals in December

1995

Penned the lyrics for the site-specific production "J.P. Morgan Saves the Nation", staged outdoors in Lower Manhattan

1994

Awarded a Richard Rodgers grant to develop "Rent"; New York Theatre Workshop staged a studio production

1994

With Bob Golden, wrote the script and songs, directed and produced the children's video "Away We Go"

1993

Collaborated with Hal Hackady on the musical revue "Blocks", which addressed problems faced by teenagers

1991

After three friends succumbed to complications from AIDS, resumed work on "Rent" with Aronson's approval but without Aronson's participation

1990

Wrote and performed the autobiographical rock monologue "tick...tick...BOOM!"

1989

Began collaboration with playwright Billy Aronson on a modern-day version of "La Boheme"; suggested the title "Rent"; wrote three songs then abandoned project

1988

Awarded a Richard Rodgers Development Grant for "Superbia"; stage reading produced at Playwrights Horizons

1985

Began working on a stage production called "Superbia"; attended ASCAP and Dramatist Guild development workshops

1982

Moved to NYC

1982

Wrote a musical based on George Orwell's "1984", but the rights to produce the material were unavailable

Raised in White Plains, New York

Earned Equity card while appearing in summer stock productions while still in college

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