Tick, Tick… Boom!

Thirty is usually the first birthday that any of us dreads. Twenty-nine year-old Jonathan Larson did as well in 1990 – especially because he’d been trying to get a foothold on Broadway for years and he seemed to be getting nowhere. “I’m older than my dad was when I was born,” he rued. Of course, [...]

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I had the great pleasure recently of spending time with the family of the late, great, musical genius, Jonathan Larson. Larson, who we lost way too young in 1996, changed the face of musical theater with his groundbreaking hit, RENT. However, after spending time with his lovely family, I found myself humming tunes from another [...]

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A Collection of Shows as Diverse in Their Stories as Any In Our Extensive Catalogue! These are shows that move audiences to the edge of their seats with excitement and anticipation, pushing the envelope beyond the edge of the traditional into the realm of the innovative and the groundbreaking.  They have prompted audiences to fall [...]

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expository essays The American Theatre Wing's Jonathan Larson® Grants are given annually to honor emerging composers, lyricists and book writers, help to continue Tony Award®-winning composer Jonathan Larson’s dream of infusing musical theatre with a contemporary, joyful, urban vitality.  The American Theatre Wing awards the Larson Grants to artists to recognize and showcase their work [...]

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The path to becoming a Broadway composer, lyricist, or bookwriter isn’t well-defined or easy; it takes a tremendous amount of talent, hard work, and luck.  For RENT author Jonathan Larson, who wrote all three components of his musicals himself, landing his work on Broadway also meant living in a tiny West Village apartment with no [...]

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Before RENT became a cultural phenomenon when it opened on Broadway in 1996, Jonathan Larson was hard at work on another musical: SUPERBIA.  A rock adaptation of 1984, George Orwell’s dystopian vision of the future (even though Larson was denied the rights), SUPERBIA won the aspiring composer/librettist a number of grants and awards, including the [...]

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