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Jonathan Larson News

Date Of Birth:
February 04, 1960
Date Of Death:
January 25, 1996 (35)
Birth Place:
Mount Vernon, New York, USA
Gender:
Male
BWW Feature: Broadway Knows how to Celebrate Birthdays; 10 Birthday Showtunes!BWW Feature: Broadway Knows how to Celebrate Birthdays; 10 Birthday Showtunes!
by Matt Tamanini - Jun 29, 2015

My birthday this year took on extra significance, as the Supreme Court of the United States selected that day to rule that all people had an equal and unalienable right to marry whomever they wanted, regardless of gender. While normally a day to indulge in extreme selfishness, I am quite pleased to cede the importance of June 26th from a celebration of my birth to that of love and compassion for all people. Hopefully Derek Jeter, Ariana Grande, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, and Chris O'Donnell are all on board as well. Despite long considering myself a LGBTQ ally, I am now going to turn this feature back to being about my birthday (because I already had the songs chosen before SCOTUS ruled). So, this month, I am taking over sole duties that I normally share with Jeff Walker, and composing a list of 10 showtunes all about births and birthdays. Feel free to chime in on Twitter (@BWWMatt) or in the comments below with any others you would like to add to the list. (more...)

FLASH FRIDAY: Get The Doctor! Medical Musical Moments - A NEW BRAIN, NEXT TO NORMAL, TOMMY, Etc.FLASH FRIDAY: Get The Doctor! Medical Musical Moments - A NEW BRAIN, NEXT TO NORMAL, TOMMY, Etc.
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 26, 2015

In honor of the New York return of A NEW BRAIN, today we salute medically-themed moments from musicals. (more...)

Ben Rimalower and Dorinda Medley Join 'LOVE ME: DOWNTOWN AND DOWNUNDER' Pride Celebration at Birdland, 6/28Ben Rimalower and Dorinda Medley Join 'LOVE ME: DOWNTOWN AND DOWNUNDER' Pride Celebration at Birdland, 6/28
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2015

The Broadway at Birdland concert series, in association with Jacob Langfelder, is excited to announce that "Love Me: Downtown and Downunder - A Pride Celebration" will take place on the historic music stage on this Sunday, June 28 at 10:30pm. (more...)

Michael C. Hall to Lead Cast of David Bowie & Enda Walsh's New Musical LAZARUS at NYTWMichael C. Hall to Lead Cast of David Bowie & Enda Walsh's New Musical LAZARUS at NYTW
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2015

New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) has announced that Golden Globe winner and six-time Emmy nominee Michael C. Hall (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, 'Dexter') will lead the cast of LAZARUS, by David Bowie and Enda Walsh (ONCE, Tony Award), inspired by the novel The Man Who Fell to Earth by Walter Tevis, and directed by Ivo van Hove (Hedda Gabler, More Stately Mansions, Obie Awards).  LAZARUS begins previews on November 18, with an opening night set for December 7, 2015. (more...)

Anthony Rapp to Consult on Edinburgh-Bound RENT with IF/THEN, LAST SHIP & AMERICAN IDIOT StarsAnthony Rapp to Consult on Edinburgh-Bound RENT with IF/THEN, LAST SHIP & AMERICAN IDIOT Stars
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2015

Jonathan Larson's gripping rock musical is brought to life by NYC based Uncompromising Artistry Productions. The Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning RENT took the world by storm when it premiered on Broadway in 1996. (more...)

Anthony Rapp & More Talk RENT In Edinburgh Fringe Kickstarter Video, Fundraising Ends 7/18Anthony Rapp & More Talk RENT In Edinburgh Fringe Kickstarter Video, Fundraising Ends 7/18
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 22, 2015

Help bring RENT to Edinburgh! (more...)

A LETTER TO HARVEY MILK to Receive Industry Reading Next WeekA LETTER TO HARVEY MILK to Receive Industry Reading Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2015

The award-winning musical, A Letter to Harvey Milk, based on the short story "A Letter to Harvey Milk" by Leslea Newman,  will enjoy an invite-only industry reading in New York City on Monday, June 22, 2015 at Times Square's Playroom Theatre. A Letter to Harvey Milk, has a book by Jerry James, Cheryl Stern and Laura I. Kramer, lyrics by Ellen M. Schwartz with additional lyrics by Cheryl Stern, and music by Laura I. Kramer, it has been musical directed, arranged and orchestrated by Ned Paul Ginsburg, and the reading will be directed by Evan Pappas (Performer: Parade, My Favorite Year). (more...)

Katrina Lenk & Eric B. Anthony Set for TN Shakespeare Company's MIDSUMMER NIGHTKatrina Lenk & Eric B. Anthony Set for TN Shakespeare Company's MIDSUMMER NIGHT
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2015

Tennessee Shakespeare Company, in partnership with the University of Memphis' Department of Theatre & Dance, presents its second developing musical reading on the U of M mainstage with Midsummer Night by Valerie Vigoda and Brendan Milburn on June 27 at 7:00 pm. (more...)

Nikka Graff Lanzarone, Becca Ayers & More Set for Joel B. New's NYMF Concert TO HELL AND BACKNikka Graff Lanzarone, Becca Ayers & More Set for Joel B. New's NYMF Concert TO HELL AND BACK
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2015

The 2015 New York Musical Theatre Festival presents To Hell and Back in concert on Tuesday, July 7th. Inspired by the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, this indie-rock album musical follows a broken songwriter on a madcap cab ride into a soundless world to save his muse from the hands of a lonely fangirl. Music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson Award-winning songwriter Joel B. New. (more...)

Nikki M. James & More Lead LCT3's New Musical PRELUDES, Opening TonightNikki M. James & More Lead LCT3's New Musical PRELUDES, Opening Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2015

Eisa Davis, Gabriel Ebert, Nikki M. James, Joseph Keckler, Chris Sarandon, and Or Matias, on piano, lead LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater production of PRELUDES, a new musical by Dave Malloy, inspired by the music of Sergei Rachmaninov, developed with and directed by Rachel Chavkin. PRELUDES, a world premiere and the first musical to be produced by LCT3 in the Claire Tow Theater, began performances on May 23 and opens tonight, June 15, running through Sunday, July 19 at the Claire Tow Theater (150 West 65th Street). (more...)

Paper Mill Releases Final Block of Tickets for EVER AFTER World PremierePaper Mill Releases Final Block of Tickets for EVER AFTER World Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2015

Paper Mill Playhouse released a block of great seats today for the world premiere musical, Ever After for Father's Day Weekend including Friday, June 19 at 7:00pm, Saturday, June 20 at 7:00pm and Sunday, June 21 at 1:30pm and 7:00pm. (more...)

Actor's Express Announces Cast of RENT, Beginning Next MonthActor's Express Announces Cast of RENT, Beginning Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2015

Actor's Express announces casting for its summer musical Rent. Jeremiah Parker Hobbs and Julissa Sabino, both seen at Actor's Express in last summer's The Rocky Horror Show, will lead the cast as struggling musician Roger and his love interest, Mimi. Patrick Schweigert, seen in Aurora Theatre's Les Miserables and Mary Poppins, will play Roger's roommate, filmmaker Mark Cohen. Both making their Actor's Express debuts, Jennifer Acker (Georgia Ensemble Theatre's One Slight Hitch) and Jeanette Illidge (Aurora Theatre's Ragtime and The Mikado), will take on the roles of performance artist Maureen and her lover Joanne. Austin Tijerina, a 2014 Suzi Bass Award winner for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical for his role in Serenbe Playhouse's Oklahoma, will play drag queen Angel, and Greg Hunter (Aurora Theatre's Mary Poppins) will be his lover Tom Collins. Rounding out the cast is Michael Stiggers (Marius in Aurora Theatre's Les Miserables) as landlord Benny and a strong ensemble of Actor's Express veterans and newcomers. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Idina Menzel Wows in World TourBWW Reviews: Idina Menzel Wows in World Tour
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2015

After kicking off her world tour in Seoul just a over a week ago, followed by a total of four shows in Osaka, Nagoya, and Tokyo, Idina Menzel held Sunday her one-night-only performance in Manila capping the Asian stretch of her 53-city concert performances. (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 6/9/2015 - Jason Alexander Joins 'FISH' and More!WAKE UP with BWW 6/9/2015 - Jason Alexander Joins 'FISH' and More!
by Jessica Showers - Jun 9, 2015

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Today's big news: Jason Alexander comes home to Broadway, The Public fetes its founders in the park and more! (more...)

Convocatoria de audiciones para 'Rent, El Musical'Convocatoria de audiciones para 'Rent, El Musical'
by Juan-Jose Gonzalez - Jun 8, 2015

Los castings para la nueva produccion de Rent que se estrenara en Barcelona en 2016 tendran lugar a finales de junio y principios de julio. (more...)

BWW Review: Weathervane Not Afraid of Finding Alternate Ways to Pay RENTBWW Review: Weathervane Not Afraid of Finding Alternate Ways to Pay RENT
by Paul Batterson - Jun 7, 2015

How do you write a song when the chords sound wrong Though they once sounded right and rare? When the notes are sour Where is the power you once had to ignite the air? (more...)

York Theatre Company Sets Songwriter Lineup for Next TUNE IN TIME, 6/8York Theatre Company Sets Songwriter Lineup for Next TUNE IN TIME, 6/8
by BWW News Desk - Jun 4, 2015

The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director; Andrew Levine, Executive Director), and producers Amy Engelhardt and Heather Shields, will present the June installment of the game show for musical theatre lovers called Tune in Time, hosted by Emily McNamara, with Musical Director Nate Buccieri and annoyingly insistent timekeeper Sheila Head on Monday, June 8, 2015 beginning at 7:30 p.m. at The York Theatre Company at Saint Peters (Citicorp Building, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue). (more...)

10th Anniversary Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters Project Set for Northwestern10th Anniversary Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters Project Set for Northwestern
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2015

The American Music Theatre Project at Northwestern University and The Johnny Mercer Foundation will celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters Project with 15 emerging professional songwriters from across the country, three award-winning master teachers and Mercer Songwriters Project alumni guests. (more...)

Theo Ubique Sets 2015-16 Season: RENT, BLOOD BROTHERS & MoreTheo Ubique Sets 2015-16 Season: RENT, BLOOD BROTHERS & More
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2015

Theo Ubique's 2015-16 season will have a decidedly Anglo-American flavor, featuring two of the longest-running musicals from each side of the Atlantic along with cabarets saluting America's all-time favorite crooner and one of England's most successful songwriting teams for theatre and film. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Wilbury Group Ends Season with Spectacular, Must-See NEXT TO NORMALBWW Reviews: Wilbury Group Ends Season with Spectacular, Must-See NEXT TO NORMAL
by Robert Barossi - May 30, 2015

Some great musicals are great because they take us to another time, another place, perhaps another world entirely, one unrecognizable and filled with magic and fantasy. Others are great because they offer us a realistic and recognizable image of our own lives, a mirror in which we see our struggles, hopes, joys, failures and successes. The really great ones do so while offering an audience a captivating story, deeply developed and universally human characters, stunning music and unforgettable songs with amazing lyrics. One such musical is Next To Normal, now playing as the final show in The Wilbury Group's current season. (more...)

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