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  • Fridge Horror: The show's title could be used as a metaphor for the aortic aneurysm that killed Jonathan Larson at age 35.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Let's just say Jonathan Larson really did spend the rest of his life writing songs people would listen to and remember. He just would never get to see it.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Watching Raul Esparza in one of his first major theatre roles is surprising to people who aren't aware of his musical background.
  • Tear Jerker: "Why". If you aren't crying from the beginning, when Jonathan finds out Michael has AIDS, you'll be crying by the end of the song.
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    • Jon witnessing his "Come To Your Senses" number come to life, offering reassurances to every anxiety he had about his life and relationship.
    • Jonathan finally playing "Happy Birthday" at the end.
    • Most of the show, when viewed through the lens of Jonathan Larson's Author Existence Failure.
      "I want to write music. I want to sit down right now, at my piano, and write a song that people will listen to and remember and do the same thing every morning for the rest of my life." And he did.
      • Along the same lines, the ending of "Why" can be a major Tearjerker. Basically, if you have knowledge of Jonathan Larson's Author Existence Failure, do not even try to listen to the OBCR or watch the show without tissues nearby. You will end up crying at least once.
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