Before the Pulitzer Prize and Tony award-winning RENT, Jonathan Larson wrote tick, tick… BOOM!, originally conceived as a “rock monologue” and was produced off-off-Broadway in 1990. It wasn’t after Larson’s death prior to the opening of RENT in 1996 that producer Victoria Leacock asked David Auburn (Pulitzer prize winner for Proof) to expand tick, tick… BOOM! and bring it to off-Broadway. Auburn reconfigured the “rock monologue” into a three-actor chamber musical and the reworked version debuted at the Jane Street Theater in May of 2003.
The story is a familiar one, and is as relevant now as it was in 1990. tick, tick… BOOM! is the story of Jon, an aspiring musical composer who is about to turn thirty and is beginning to have doubts over whether his career choice was the right one. Pressure mounts when his girlfriend, Susan hounds him about leaving New York to start a family and seek out a more stable career. Added tension comes from his best friend Michael, a once-aspiring actor who gave it up for a lucrative career as a marketing research executive.
The constant struggle of pursuing one’s passion over settling for a life that brings you no joy yet provides security and comfort is a question that pervades through generations. The ticking clock in the musical is representative of the artist’s anxiety, and it is always ticking.
On the twentieth anniversary of his Pulitzer and Tony award-winning musical RENT, there’s a hint of irony that Jonathan Larson’s first musical had found its audience after his unfortunate passing in 1996; first in 2001 off-Broadway, an American national tour, two London West End premiers, and several other productions all over the world. The character of Jon has been played by theater luminaries such as Raul Esparza, Neil Patrick Harris, and Lin Manuel Miranda.
Today 9 Works Theatrical brings tick, tick… BOOM! For a limited run starting on October 1, 2016 at the CPR Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, to the stage with the incredible talents of Jef Flores, Tanya Manalang and Ariel Reonal.
tick, tick…BOOM! is directed by Robbie Guevara, Daniel Bartolome as musical director, Elisanta Cortez as vocal supervisor, Arnold Trinidad as choreographer, Mio Infante as scenographer, Mickey Hirai as costume designer and stylist, Martin Esteva as lighting designer, Myrene Santos as hair and makeup designer, Philleep Masaquel as Technical Director, JC Inocian as photographer, and Maine Manalansan as graphic creative manager.
Heading the production team is executive producer Santi Santamaria, with Anna Santamaria as company manager, Sunshine Domine as production manager, Toff de Venecia as PR director, Jonjon Martin and Issa Tuason as PR managers, GM Hernandez as marketing manager, and Arma Bonilla as stage manager.
tick, tick…BOOM! will be shown on October 1, 8, 9, 15, 16, 21, 22 & 23, 2016 at 8:00pm on Fridays and Saturday, and 3:30pm on Sundays.
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