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  1. Jonathan Larson, Soundtrack: Rent. Jonathan Larson was born to Allan and Nanette Larson in Mount Vernon, New York, on February 4, 1960. A talented actor and musician, he was offered a full scholarship to Adelphi University on Long Island, where he met his idol (and later mentor) Stephen Sondheim. After graduating, he moved to the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan and, over a ...

  2. Jonathan Larson was an American playwright who lived from February 4th, 1960 to January 25th, 1996. he wrote the musical RENT, for which he he won three Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize, all after his death. Larson grew up in a Jewish household in New York. His parents were Allen and Nanette Larson. He grew up around music and theater from a young age, playing many musical instruments and sang ...

  3. Jun 11, 2021 · Exploring Jonathan Larson’s life and death. Jonathan Larson was born on 4 February 1960 in White Plains, New York, a city in Westchester County. After graduating from Adelphi University with an acting major, Larson moved to Lower Manhattan.

  4. Jan 21, 2022 · Jonathan Larson was a musical prodigy, one whose life was tragically cut short, robbing us of the many years of successful music that he could have had. Though we never got a slew of shows that could break our hearts like “RENT” can, we will forever feel the ways in which Larson shaped musical theater.

  5. Nov 23, 2021 · Regarded as Larson’s most influential work, Rent featured several autobiographical elements, fulfilling the advice he gets in Tick, Tick…Boom! to write about what he knows. In real life, Larson and his Bohemian-style roommate, Jonathan Burkhart, lived in a rundown apartment with an illegal wood-burning stove, just like Rent’s main characters, even down to the key that had to be thrown ...

  6. Nov 21, 2021 · Jonathan Larson died in 1996 before Tick, Tick… Boom! went to stage. At the time, playwright David Auburn reconstructed the then solo show to feature three main characters. According to Vox, the character of Michael was based on Larson’s real-life friend Matt O’Grady while Susan was inspired by a dancer he was dating when he tried staging ...

  7. Rent is a rock musical with music, lyrics, and book by Jonathan Larson, loosely based on Giacomo Puccini 's 1896 opera La Bohème. It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive and create a life in Lower Manhattan 's East Village in the thriving days of bohemian Alphabet City, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS .

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