Jonathan Larson

Date of Death: January 25, 1996 (35)

Birth Place: Mount Vernon, New York, USA

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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.
The Jonathan Larson Grant was established in his name and is awarded to musical theatre composers, lyricists, and librettists, or writing teams, early in their career, to support artistic endeavors and safeguard long-term music writing careers.
"The Jonathan Larson Project," to be released in early 2019, features Nick Blaemire (tick tick BOOM, Found, Godspell), Lauren Marcus (Be More Chill, Beatsville, Company), Andy Mientus (NBC's "Smash," Spring Awakening, Les Miserables), Krysta Rodriguez (Spring Awakening, First Date, The Addams Family), and George Salazar (Be More Chill, The Lightning Thief, tick tick BOOM).
The show features the music of the late composer Jonathan Larson, who wrote Rent and tick tick BOOM, the former an iconic Broadway landmark and the latter a beloved musical gem. The Jonathan Larson Project is an evening of Jonathan's unheard work featuring songs from never-produced shows like 1984 and Superbia; songs that were cut from Rent and tick tick BOOM; songs written for theatrical revues and songs written for the radio; songs about politics and love and New York City; songs never before publicly performed or recorded.

Jonathan Larson Productions

[West End, 2016] [Replacement]
Book, Music & Lyrics[Replacement]
[Off-Broadway, 2014]
Music and Lyrics



Jonathan Larson Movies

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[2021]tick, tick... BOOM! music and lyrics, score by

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Video: Shaina Taub Performs 'Keep Marching' From SUFFS; Tickets On Sale Now!

In conjunction with tickets going on sale, author of Suffs Shaina Taub released a special performance video featuring a stripped-down version of the musical’s new finale, “Keep Marching.”  Check out the video here!

New Brisbane and Melbourne Performances of Smash-Hit Musical RENT On Sale This Week

New Brisbane and Melbourne performances of the smash-hit musical RENT are now on sale. Don't miss out on this multi-Tony Award-winning rock musical by Jonathan Larson. Limited season in Brisbane from Jan 27 - Feb 11, 2024, and in Melbourne from Feb 17 - Mar 7, 2024.

2023 Idea Awards For Theatre To Be Presented To Beth Henley, Jesse Jae Hoon, Brandy, Hoang Collier, Clare Fuyuko Bierman, Erika Ji & Grace Mclean

The Bret Adams and Paul Reisch Foundation has announced the recipients of their 2023 Idea Awards for Theatre; three categories of grants awarded to adventurous new voices in playwriting and musical theatre, as well the visionary playwrights who have inspired and blazed trails before them.

Kara Young & More to Star in Industry Presentations of Douglas Lyons' TABLE 17 at New Works Provincetown

New Works Provincetown will present industry presentations of 'Table 17,' a new play by Douglas Lyons. The cast includes two-time Tony nominee Kara Young. Don't miss this exciting new work!

Single Tickets Are On Sale Now For Theatre Raleigh's THE 1940S RADIO HOUR

Single tickets are now on sale for Theatre Raleigh’s production of 'The 1940s Radio Hour,' a family-friendly musical that is perfect for holiday outings, from Dec. 13-24; prices range from $30-$50.

Video: The Cast of HERE LIES LOVE Takes Final Broadway Bows

Here Lies Love played its final Broadway performance yesterday, November 26, 2023, after 33 previews and 149 regular performances at the Broadway Theatre. Check out video of the cast taking their final bows here!

Pepe Nufrio será Jon en la nueva temporada de TICK, TICK...BOOM!

El actor protagonista de GODSPELL y de la gira americana de JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR encarnará al autor de RENT junto a Antonio Curros y Anabel García en el Gran Teatro CaixaBank Príncipe Pío.


54 BELOW, Broadway’s Supper Club, presents The Lonely Artists Salon: Not Lonely Anymore on January 4th at 9:30 p.m. The Lonely Artists Salon is a free arts collective dedicated to giving any and all artists a space to meet, share with, and uplift other artists as they navigate their artistic journey in New York.

Anthony Rapp's WITHOUT YOU is Coming to Boston for Limited Two-Week Engagement

Actor Anthony Rapp is bringing his critically-acclaimed solo musical, WITHOUT YOU to Boston for two-week limited engagement, presented by ATG Colonial.


From parts of the team that brought you THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NY: THE UNAUTHORIZED PARODY MUSICAL and M3GAN: THE UNAUTHORIZED PARODY MUSICAL…and from other parts of the team that brought you a canceled show on the SyFy Channel…comes a hilarious & irreverent new musical about a centuries-old Hanukkah folktale, and a decades-old beloved children's book written by an acclaimed author who we hope won't sue us.

WALKING WITH BUBBLES Will Release Cast Album on December 1

Winner of the Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Solo Show, the critically acclaimed off-Broadway musical, Walking with Bubbles, is set to release its original cast album on Friday, December 1st.

Lesli Margheita, George Salazar & More to Star in Pasadena Playhouse HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR

Pasadena Playhouse announces the cast for their Holiday Spectacular, including Broadway stars MaryAnn Hu and Lesli Margheita. Get all the details here.

Dramatists Guild Foundation Awards Zeniba Now With 2023 Thom Thomas Award

The Dramatists Guild Foundation (DGF) has announced multifaceted artist Zeniba Now as the recipient of the 2023 Thom Thomas Award, given annually to an alumnus of the DGF Fellows program who demonstrates great artistic skill. 

Pioneer Theatre Company Presents 2023 US Holiday Exclusive Production Of CHRISTMAS IN CONNECTICUT

Pioneer Theatre Company presents the 2023 US holiday exclusive production of 'Christmas in Connecticut'. Get ready for a festive and heartwarming holiday show.

HERE LIES LOVE Plays Final Broadway Performance

Here Lies Love will play its final Broadway performance November 26, 2023, after 33 previews and 149 regular performances at the Broadway Theatre.

Cast Set for Bilingual Musical EL OTRO OZ at Atlantic for Kids

Atlantic for Kids has revealed the cast for the new bi-lingual musical El Otro Oz, with a book by Mando Alvarado and Tommy Newman, music & lyrics by Jaime Lozano and Tommy Newman. Learn how to purchase tickets!

Adam Pascal And Anthony Rapp Add One Show To Their January Run at 54 Below

54 BELOW will welcome back Broadway favorites Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp for a celebration of their careers and enduring friendship.

Lindsay Pearce, Jarran Muse & More to Lead Industry Reading of New Musical DAYS OF RAGE

An invitation-only industry presentation of DAYS OF RAGE, A Musical Explosion, a new musical from Hyeyoung Kim and Shoshana Greenberg, will be held on Monday, December 4th, 2023 in New York.

GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN to be Adapted Into a Stage Musical Featuring Hits From the 80s

Get ready as the beloved 80s film, Girls Just Want to Have Fun, is transformed into a stage musical. Featuring iconic hits from the 80s.

HERE LIES LOVE Announces Broadway Closing Date

BroadwayWorld has just learned that Here Lies Love will play its final Broadway performance on Sunday, November 26, following 33 previews and 149 regular performances.


Jonathan Larson has written 2 shows including Rent (Bookwriter), tick, tick... BOOM! (Bookwriter).

Jonathan Larson has been nominated for several awards for his work on the musical Rent. These include the American Express Award for Best New Musical at the Olivier Awards, Outstanding Book of a Musical at the Drama Desk Awards, Best Musical at the New York Drama Critics Circle Awards, Special Citations for Composer/Writer at the Obie Awards, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Best Book of a Musical at the Tony Awards, and Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre at the Tony Awards.

Jonathan Larson has won several awards for the musical Rent. These include the Best Musical award from the New York Drama Critics Circle Awards, Special Citations for Composer/Writer from the Obie Awards, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Best Book of a Musical award from the Tony Awards, and the Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre award from the Tony Awards.

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