Jonathan Larson Biography

Date Of Birth:
February 04, 1960
Date Of Death:
January 25, 1996 (35)
Birth Place:
Mount Vernon, New York, USA
Gender: Male
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Jonathan Larson Biography

Date of Birth: February 04, 1960
Date of Death: January 25, 1996 (35)
Birth Place: Mount Vernon, New York, USA
Gender: Male

Jonathan Larson received the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for RENT. He also won the 1996 Tony Award for Best Musical and the 1994 Richard Rodgers Award for RENT and twice received The Gilman & Gonzales-Falla Theatre Foundation's Comendation Award. In 1989 he was granted the Stephen Sondheim Award from American Music Theatre Festival, where he contributed to the musical "Sitting on the Edge of the Future". In 1988 he won the Richard Rodgers Development Grant for his rock musical "Superbia", which was staged at Playwrights Horizon. He composed the score for the musical "J.P. Morgan Saves the Nation", which was presented by En Garde Arts in 1995. Mr. Larson performed his rock monologue "tick, tick... BOOM!" at Second Stage Theatre, The Village Gate and New York Theatre Workshop. In addition to scoring and song writing for "Sesame Street", he created music for a number fo children's book-cassettes, including Steven Spielberg's "An American Tail" and "Land Before Time". Other film scores include work for Rolling Stones magazine publisher Jann Wenner. He conceived, directed and wrote four original songs for "Away We Go!", a musical video for children. RENT, his rock opera based on "La Boheme", had its world premiere on February 13, 1996 at New York Theatre Workshop. Mr. Larson died unexpedtedly of an aortic aneurysm on January 25, 1996, ten days before his 36th birthday.

Jonathan Larson Awards and Nominations

(winners are in red)

Olivier Awards - 1999 - The American Express Award for Best New Musical
Jonathan Larson, Rent
Drama Desk Awards - 1996 - Outstanding Book of a Musical
Jonathan Larson, Rent
New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 1996 - Best Musical
Jonathan Larson, Rent
Obie Awards - 1996 - Special Citations for Composer/Writer
Jonathan Larson, Rent
The Pulitzer Prize - 1996 - The Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Jonathan Larson, Rent
Tony Awards - 1996 - Best Book of a Musical
Jonathan Larson, Rent
Tony Awards - 1996 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Jonathan Larson, Rent


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