Jonathan Larson and Family to be Honored at American Theatre Wing Gala

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The Rent creator will be celebrated for a legacy that continues to influence theatre artists.
Jonathan Larson
Jonathan Larson

The Say Yes to Artists Gala by the American Theatre Wing will celebrate the work and impact of Jonathan Larson and his family.

Larson, whose Rent was seen on Fox earlier this year and whose tick, tick... BOOM! is currently being adapted into a feature film, has continued to influence musical theatre more than 25 years after his death.

At the September 16 gala at Cipriani 42nd Street, several artists will perform in honor of the playwright and composer.

READ: Track-by-Track Breakdown: The Jonathan Larson Project Cast Album

"Few individuals have truly changed the theater industry as Jonathan Larson did. Though his scope of work, as well as his life, was cut tragically short, the connection that the theater community and fans across the world made to his work is unmeasurable. He challenged us all to love deeper and bridge the gaps that divide us," said Heather Hitchens, President and CEO of the American Theatre Wing.

The Rent creator's family will also be celebrated for providing emerging musical writers with support to pursue their creative projects through The Jonathan Larson Grant.

“During the 15 years that my brother Jonathan struggled with his art, he received a number of small awards which gave him encouragement to continue," said Julie Larson, sister of the late Larson. "It has been a wonderful collaboration and we are grateful to The American Theatre Wing for helping us say 'yes' to promising artists."

Previous honorees at the Say Yes to Artists Gala include Andrew Lloyd Webber, James Earl Jones, Dame Angela Lansbury, and Harold Prince.

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