Influences include Jesus Christ Superstar (1973) (Andrew Lloyd Webber), The Beatles, Prince (aka Rogers Nelson), The Police, and Stephen Sondheim.
Posthumously won two Tony Awards in 1996 for "Rent": as Best Book (Musical) and as Best Original Musical Score, both music and lyrics.
Biography in "American National Biography," Supplement 1, pp. 343-344. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
Postumously won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize in Drama for the musical Rent (2005), which is loosely based on Giacomo Puccini's opera "La Bohème.".
At Adelphi University, he was the college roommate of director/writer Todd Robinson.
One of Larson's many friends to die young of AIDS was Alison Gertz, whose story was dramatized in the TV movie Something to Live For: The Alison Gertz Story (1992) (TV). One of the attendees of the AIDS support group depicted in the theatrical and cinematic versions of Larson's musical "Rent" is named Ali in her honor. In Something to Live For, Gertz was played by Molly Ringwald, who went on to appear in Larson's off-Broadway musical "tick, tick...BOOM!".
His musical, "Rent" at the American Theater Company and About Face Theatres in Chicago, Illinois was nominated for a 2012 Equity Joseph Jefferson Award or Musical Production (Midsize).
His musical, "Rent," at the Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre in Chicago, Illinois was awarded the 2016 Joseph Jefferson (Non-Equity) Award for Musical or Revue Production.
His musical, "Rent" in the Center Theatre Group production at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, California was awarded the 1997 Drama Logue Award for Production.
He was awarded the 1997 Back Stage Garland Award for Outstanding Musical Score for "Rent" in a Center Theatre Group production at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
His early musical influences included Elton John, The Beatles, The Doors, The Who, and Billy Joel.
He first met Jesse L Martin when they worked as waiters together.
Spent ten years working as a waiter at the Moondance Diner at Sixth Avenue.