Jonathan Larson, who won the Pulitzer Prize posthumously for his musical Rent, has a cameo on a new children's video, for which he wrote four songs in the last few months before he died earlier this year.
Larson was working on the video, Away We Go! at the same time that he was finalizing Rent, according to Bob Golden, who wrote the rest of the score. Away We Go! follows a puppet character, Newt the Newt, on "a rollicking musical journey through New York City."
Larson's songs include "Down," which takes place on an elevator; "On the Water," a song about the Staten Island Ferry; "Destination Sky" about an airplane trip to the Big Apple; and the title song, about the various modes of transportation that can whip visitors around the city.
Golden told Playbill On-Line that he and Larson can be seen briefly as passengers on the elevator in "Down." He also pointed out that, like the song "Seasons of Love" in Rent, the song "Destination Sky" offers an eerie prefiguring of Larson's death. Larson died of an aortic aneurysm hours after the final rehearsal for Rent which has gone on to win nearly all major musical awards so far this season.
The video Away We Go! is available at $14.95 from a mail-order firm at 1-800-221-8180, or at Bloomingdales department store in New York.