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TICK, TICK… BOOM! Pop-rock musical theatre with passion


A powerhouse cast of three will deliver a moving production of Jonathan Larsen’s pop-rock musical Tick, Tick … BOOM! at Koorliny Arts Centre from Friday, August 16.

The autobiographical musical from the creator of Rent explores the end of youth and the definition of success as it tells the story of a young composer trying to make his mark in theatre.

Jon is a struggling composer whose life seems to be going nowhere. About to turn 30 and still waiting tables for a living, Jon is desperately scared that he may never ‘make it’ on Broadway. The pressure is on when Jon’s girlfriend, Susan, says she wants to get married and move out of the city, and his best friend, Michael, quits acting for financial success as a corporate executive. Jon’s new musical Superbia has a great workshop but no prospects, and as time ticks by Jon wonders if maybe his friends are right, and it’s time to throw in the towel.

Director, Tay Broadley, says he was especially attracted to directing a contemporary rock musical as opposed to one of the classics, saying “The small-scale show with massive emotional impact seemed like a challenge worth taking on. I’m hoping audiences relate to the passion of Tick, Tick … BOOM! and the idea that some things are worth seeing through no matter what. Not everything can last, but it’s worth holding onto what makes you, you.”

Tick, Tick… BOOM! opens Friday, August 16 at Koorliny Arts Centre. Click here for tickets.

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