7. Central Park

Photo by Joseph Moran.

When Larson learns that his best friend Michael (played by Robin de Jesús) is HIV positive, he heads into Central Park, passing the gold statue of General Sherman statue along Fifth Avenue. The song Larson performs as a tribute to his friend takes him al over the park, running under Greywacke Arch next to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in the lyrics he says he runs “past the pond, past the carousel,” into the ballfields, until he jumps the fence into the Delacorte Theater, where Shakespeare in the Park is performed in the summer. A piano sits on the stage, ready for him to play.