The show features previously unrecorded music of late Rent composer Larson, including songs from never-produced shows like 1984 and Superbia; songs that were cut from Rent and tick tick… BOOM!; songs written for theatrical revues and the radio; and songs about politics, love, and New York City.
The album will be produced by Tepper, Rosen, and Kurt Deutsch.
“Larson’s work has always spoken to me deeply,” says director Tepper. “It was a theatre historian’s dream to spend several years researching his lesser-known songs at the Library of Congress in order to create a new song cycle. We presented The Jonathan Larson Project at Feinstein's/54 Below this fall and the energy of both the collaboration and of the audiences at the 12 performances was like nothing I've ever experienced. Jonathan’s lost songs, which had been sitting in boxes for decades, are relevant and fascinating and personal and political and fun and heartbreaking. Rehearsing them with some of the greatest theatre artists of our new generation and then watching the way they influenced new audience members made me feel his legacy in a powerful way. Now we get to share that legacy with the world by recording it as an album. A few years ago, most of these songs only existed as demo tapes in a library vault from the 1980s and 1990s, featuring Jonathan and his piano. Now they comprise a brand new theatre piece that has been fully realized musically and will be available for everyone to listen to. I could not be more excited for a wider audience to experience The Jonathan Larson Project.”