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All the Drama: 1996 Pulitzer Prize Winner “Rent” by Jonathan Larson

All The Drama is hosted by Jan Simpson. It is a series of deep dives into the plays that have won The Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

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The Pulitzer Prize for Drama: “Rent”
1996 Pulitzer winner “Rent,” by Jonathan Larson

Rent Wikipedia page
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rent_(musical)

Jonathan Larson Wikipedia page
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Larson

Richard Kornberg, publicist
https://kornbergpr.com/about-us

“A Composer’s Death Echoes in His Musical” by Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times
https://www.nytimes.com/1996/02/11/theater/theater-a-composer-s-death-echoes-in-his-musical.html

“The Seven-Year Odyssey That Led to ‘Rent’” by Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times
https://www.nytimes.com/1996/03/17/theater/theather-the-seven-year-odyssey-that-led-to-rent.html

ORIGINAL REVIEW: “Enter Singing: Young, Hopeful And Taking On The Big Time” by Ben Brantley, The New York Times
https://www.nytimes.com/1996/04/30/theater/theater-review-enter-singing-young-hopeful-and-taking-on-the-big-time.html

BROADWAY REVIEW: “Rent” by Jeremy Gerard, Variety
https://variety.com/1996/legit/reviews/rent-5-1200445535/

“’J. P. Morgan’ and Some Heavy Site-Specificity” by Ben Brantley, The New York Times
https://www.nytimes.com/1995/06/16/theater/theater-review-j-p-morgan-and-some-heavy-site-specificity.html

Jonathan Larson Talks About His Writing Process and Making ‘Rent’. American Theatre Magazine
https://www.americantheatre.org/1996/07/01/jonathan-larson-talks-about-his-writing-process-and-rent/

“Jonathan Larson’s Life” by Steve Cohen, The Culture Critic
https://theculturalcritic.com/jonathan-larsons-life/

Larson’s New York Times obit
https://www.nytimes.com/1996/01/26/nyregion/jonathan-larson-35-composer-of-rock-opera-and-musicals.html

“Without You: A Memoir Of Love, Loss and the Musical Rent” By Anthony Rapp
https://bookshop.org/books/without-you-9780743269773/9780743269773

“No Rest for the Parents of the Parent of ‘Rent’” New York Times
https://www.nytimes.com/2001/06/12/theater/no-rest-for-the-parents-of-the-parent-of-rent.html

Jonathan Larson Foundation
https://americantheatrewing.org/program/jonathan-larson-grants/

Waiting with Jonathan Larson, excerpts from the Jonathan Larson papers at the Library of Congress
https://blogs.loc.gov/music/2021/11/waiting-with-jonathan-larson/?jr=on

“The Story of How RENT Came to Be” by Jeffrey Kane, Broadway World
https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/BWW-Exclusive-The-Story-of-How-RENT-Came-to-Be-20190127

“Rent: The Oral History” By Rebecca Milzoff, Vulture
https://www.vulture.com/2016/05/rent-oral-history-c-v-r.html

“The Rerun of Rent” by Scott Brown, Vulture
https://www.vulture.com/2011/08/theater_review_the_return_of_r.html

“Why Rent feels so outdated 20 years after its debut” by Caroline Framke, Vox
https://www.vox.com/2016/4/29/11531350/rent-musical-20th-anniversary

“No Day But Today” documentary on YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJWOhA5R-vg

Rent Broadway Fandom page
https://broadway.fandom.com/wiki/Rent

“tick, tick…Boom” on Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/81149

Autopsy report:
https://www.nytimes.com/1996/12/13/nyregion/2-hospitals-fined

Father’s death
https://deadline.com/2022/01/allan-larson-dead-father-playwright-jonathan-larson-1234903471/

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Jan Simpson is a theater journalist who writes the blog Broadway& Me and hosts the BroadwayRadio podcasts Stagecraft and All The Drama. She has twice served as a Pulitzer Prize juror.


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