Won three Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Score posthumously for his work on Rent. The highly acclaimed musical also garnered him a posthumous Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Some of his earliest works include the musical Sacrimmoralinority and Superbia, the latter of which was initially intended to be an adaptation of George Orwell's 1984, but Orwell denied him the rights.
Probably his most well known other piece was the rock monologue tick, tick... BOOM!, which was originally titled 30/90 and then Boho Days before finishing as it is known. In 2021, he was played by Andrew Garfield in the popular movie Tick, Tick... Boom!.
Born in White Plains, New York, he died the morning of Rent's preview performance off-Broadway unexpectedly.
He had several musical influences including the bands The Beatles and The Doors as well as legendary performer Billy Joel.