Jonathan Larson wrote RENT and tick tick BOOM, the former a landmark Broadway game-changer and the latter a beloved musical gem. He was a brilliant, groundbreaking creator of musical theatre who died tragically at the age of 35, before seeing the worldwide acclaim his work would receive. Jonathan was posthumously awarded Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize, and his songs have come to be treasured and performed in 25 languages, from Mexico to Japan to Italy, from summer camps to the silver screen to Broadway.
But what about all of Jonathan’s songs we’ve never heard?
The Jonathan Larson Project is an evening of Jonathan’s unheard work. 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 never before publicly performed or recorded. Songs about politics and love and New York City.
Starring Nick Blaemire (tick tick BOOM, Found, Godspell), Lauren Marcus (Be More Chill, Beatsville, Company), Andy Mientus (NBC’s “Smash,” Spring Awakening, Les Misérables), Destinee Rea (Amélie, Dreamgirls, The Wiz), and George Salazar (Be More Chill, The Lightning Thief, tick tick BOOM).
Directed and conceived by Jennifer Ashley Tepper.
Musical direction and orchestrations by Charlie Rosen (Prince of Broadway, Honeymoon in Vegas, Charlie Rosen’s Broadway Big Band).
Featuring a five-piece band and a few special guests to be announced. Cast subject to change.
The Jonathan Larson Project wishes to thank The Larson Family, Jonathan Mills, The New York Public Library, and The Library of Congress for their support of this event.
Photo credit: Victoria Leacock Hoffman
In the spirit of RENT, which offered groundbreaking $20 rush tickets, Feinstein’s/54 Below will be making a limited number of $20 tickets available for each performance via a special lottery. Details will be announced at a later date.