30/90 – Tick Tick Boom

This was the opening of the show …tick..tick…BOOM! My first musical here in NYC.

From the original Playbill listing:

Larson’s Autobiographical tick, tick…BOOM! Opens June 13 in NYC

On the edge of 30, lyricist-composer-librettist Jonathan Larson wrote about a songwriter named Jonathan at the edge of 30, at the crossroads: His girl wants to marry, his pal is a successful businessman, and “Jonathan” wants nothing less than to be a big noise in American musical theatre.

On the edge of 30, lyricist-composer-librettist Jonathan Larson wrote about a songwriter named Jonathan at the edge of 30, at the crossroads: His girl wants to marry, his pal is a successful businessman, and “Jonathan” wants nothing less than to be a big noise in American musical theatre.

This is the stuff of Larson’s seminal tick, tick…BOOM!, his unproduced intimate show that first emerged in 1990. It finally gets its world premiere June 13 at the Jane Street Theatre, five years after the unexpected death of 35-year-old Larson, who did indeed make his mark on musical theatre with the Pulitzer Prize-winning Rent.

Raúl Esparza (The Rocky Horror Show) plays the songwriter, who is writing but also waiting tables. Amy Spanger (Kiss Me, Kate) is his girlfriend (and other characters) and Jerry Dixon is his friend (and others) in the Off Broadway debut of the semi-autobiographical rock-and-pop-driven musical, which began performances May 23 in Manhattan. The show is said to be a quirky take on Larson’s life rather than strict autobiography.

Scott Schwartz (Bat Boy, Jane Eyre) directs. Stephen Oremus is musical director.

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