Essay about Rent, A Rock Musical

1374 Words Nov 21st, 2016 6 Pages
Rent, a rock-musical set in New York, follows seven artists working for their dreams of stardom without becoming sellouts. Originating in 1996, Rent was composed by an almost unknown composer at the time, Jonathan Larson. From small beginnings in the Off-Broadway New York Theater Workshop, Rent made its way to Broadway, and became an American hit. This hit musical was written and composed by Jonathan Larson. Living from 1960-1996, dying the morning Rent was to be performed in its first preview performance. Larson was born in White Plains, New York. His parents, Allan and Nanette Larson, were Jewish, which explains some of the content and themes in his work. Larson was musical from a young age. As a child Larson was exposed to music and theater. He sung, played the trumpet, tuba, and piano. He was very musically influenced by the genre of classic rock. In high school he was prominent in acting. Larson played lead roles throughout his high school career. Following high school, Larson went to Adelphi University in Garden City, New York. Coming out of school, Larson wanted to be an actor. He later shifted his focus on composing and writing, inspired by the famous Stephen Sondheim. Larson idolized Sondheim. He worked to follow in his footsteps, and Larson’s early work projected his future success in the musical industry. He received awards and grants for his work, even the Stephen Sondheim Award given to him by American Music Theater Festival. If Larson’s life didn’t…

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