Jonathan Larson Biography (1960-1996)

Born in February, 1960, in White Plains, NY; died of an aortic aneurism, January 25, 1996, in New York, NY; son of Allan and Nanette Larson. Career: Composer, lyricist, and playwright. Also worked as a waiter. Awards, Honors: Richard Rodgers Studio Production Award, American Academy of Arts and Letters, 1994, Pulitzer Prize for drama, 1996, Antoinette Perry Awards, best score and best book for a musical, 1996, Obie Award, outstanding book, musical, and lyrics, Village Voice, and Drama Desk Awards, best book of amusical, best music, and best lyrics, all for Rent; Richard Rodgers development grant; Stephen Sondheim Award, American Music Theatre Festival; Commendation Award, Gilman and Gonzalez-Falla Theatre Foundation.

Composer, lyricist, playwright
Birth Details
February, 1960
White Plains, New York, United States
Death Details
January 25, 1996
New York, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • Television Work
  • Wrote songs for Sesame Street, PBS.
  • Film Work
  • Composer of the score for the film adaptation of Rent.
  • Albums
  • Rent, Uni/Dream Work Records, 1996
  • Videotapes
  • Songwriter for the videotape Away We Go!
  • Composer, A Darker Purpose, Naked Angels Theatre, New York City, 1991
  • Composer, A Midsummer Night's Dream, New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, Drew University, Madison, 1991
  • Playwright, composer, and lyricist, Rent, New York Theatre Workshop, New York City, 1994, 1996, then Nederlander Theatre, New York Ciyt, 1996
  • Composer, J. P. Morgan Saves the Nation, New York City production,1995
  • Also author of Superbia, performed in a workshop at Playwrights Horizons Theatre, New York City; and a rock monologue, Tick, Tick.Boom!,performed at the New York Theater Workshop.

Further Reference

Obituaries and Other Sources

    • Entertainment Weekly, June 14, 1996, p. 39
    • New Republic, April 22, 1996, pp. 29-31.
    • Newsweek, May 13, 1996, pp. 54-59.
    • New Yorker, February 19, 1996, pp. 94-96.
    • New York Times, January 26, 1996, p. B9; section 2, pp. 5, 20. February 11, 1996
    • Rolling Stone, May 16, 1996, pp. 54-58.*

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