His musical, "Rent," was performed at the Nederlander Theatre on Broadway in New York City with Wilson Jermaide Heredia, Jess L. Martin, Adam Pascal, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Anthony Rappy, Fredi Walker, and Idina Menzel in the cast. Michael Greif was director.
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With this work I celebrate my friends and the many others who continue to fulfill their dreams and to live their lives in the shadow of AIDS. In these dangerous times, where it seems the world is ripping apart at the seams, we can all learn how to survive from those who stare death squarely in the face every day, and we should reach out to each other and bond as a community, rather than hide from...
Posthumously won two Tony Awards in 1996 for "Rent": as Best Book (Musical) and as Best Original Musical Score, both music and lyrics.