Jonathan Larson’s Tick, Tick… Boom comes to the Park Theatre in May 2017 starring Chris Jenkins, Gillian Saker and Jordan Shaw. Tick, Tick… Boom is an autobiographical rock musical that details Jonathan Larson’s life prior to his big break with Broadway blockbuster Rent. Susan wants to get married, move out of the city, and away […]
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This incredible re-telling of La Boheme still speaks to audiences of all ages. I can safely say that I have never seen an audience react to a tour the way that they did with Rent.
As I write this, I am envious of those who are yet to see this brilliant 20th-anniversary production which offers unparalleled, penetrating rawness, performed by a modest cast who surrender their souls to the book, score and to the broken New York artists whose stories they tell.
They took firm hold of Larson’s lyrics and crescendoing rock melodies – every word, every beat, brimming with anger and exigency; his lyrics carry imperative messages that couldn’t be swallowed passively by Larson’s audiences, and capture a sense of urgency characteristic of a life lost too soon.
Anton Stephans and Noel Sullivan are to join the previously announced Debbie Kurup, Krysten Cummings and Damien Flood – all previous cast members of Larson’s hit rock musical Rent.
In this production, the creative team and cast have clarified Jonathan Larson’s message. By returning to the Broadway roots, recreating the ambiance of the bohemian Alphabet City of the Nineties, and focussing on the narrative drive of the show, Rent becomes relevant. This is an admirable revival of a modern classic.