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...
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 ...