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Billy Aronson is an American playwright and writer, who originated the concept of the rock opera Rent, which was based on Puccini's opera La bohème.[1]

Early lifeEdit

Rent and other playsEdit

In 1988, as a playwright he wanted to create "a musical based on Puccini's La Bohème, in which the luscious splendor of Puccini's world would be replaced with the coarseness and noise of modern New York."[2] Although in 1989 he began a collaboration with Jonathan Larson, he provided additional lyrics for Rent, and wrote almost all of the number, "Santa Fe".

In addition to Rent, he has written many one act plays such as Of Two Minds, Guilt, Night Rules, and In the Middle of the Night, which was performed as part of the Ensemble Studio Theatre's 2011 Marathon.[3][4]

Other plays by Aronson include Light Years and The News.[5][6]

He also helped create musicals such as No Dogs Allowed, and Flurry Tale with Rusty Magee. He has written for many popular children shows, such as Postcards from Buster, Codename: Kids Next Door, The Upside Down Show, Courage the Cowardly Dog, and co-created Peg + Cat along with Jennifer Oxley.

Personal lifeEdit

Aronson currently lives in New York City with his wife Lisa (whom he married in 1990),[7] and children Anna and Jake.


  1. ^ Jones, Kenneth (2011) "Rent, With Andy Mientus, Fabio Monteiro, Halle Morse, Begins at Pioneer Theatre June 10 Archived June 17, 2011, at the Wayback Machine",, June 10, 2011, retrieved 2011-06-17
  2. ^ Larson, Jonathan; Evelyn McDonnell; Kathy Silberger; Larry Fink; Stewart Ferebee; Kate Giel (1997). Rent. New York: HarperEntertainment / HarperCollins. pp. 18–37. ISBN 0-688-15437-9.
  3. ^ Barth, Diana (2011) "Theater Review: Ensemble Studio Theatre Marathon: 2011 Archived June 6, 2011, at the Wayback Machine", Epoch Times, May 26, 2011, retrieved 2011-06-17
  4. ^ Rooney, David (2011) "From Elegiac Appalachian Hollers to New Terrain", The New York Times, May 30, 2011, retrieved 2011-06-17
  5. ^ Weber, Bruce (2001) "THEATER REVIEW; Four Years in Three Acts: College Becomes a Collage", The New York Times, October 22, 2001, retrieved 2011-06-17
  6. ^ Blankenship, Mark (2007) "Ensemble Studio Theater Marathon 2007: Series A", Variety, June 4, 2007, retrieved 2011-06-17
  7. ^ "Lisa Vogel Wed To Billy Aronson", The New York Times, April 29, 1990, retrieved 2011-06-17

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