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Tick Tick Boom

September 2022

Before Rent, there was Tick Tick Boom! This autobiographical musical by Jonathan Larson, the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning composer of Rent, is the story of a composer and the sacrifices that he made to achieve his big break in theatre. Tick Tick Boom! takes you on the playwright/composer's journey that led to a Broadway blockbuster.


His girlfriend wants to get married and move out of the city, his best friend is making big bucks on Madison Avenue and, yet, Jon is still waiting on tables and trying to write the great American musical. Set in 1990, this compelling story of personal discovery is presented as a rock musical filled with instantly appealing melodies and a unique blend of musical theatre styles.


Everyone will love this youthful, endearing and thoughtful piece, and will surely embrace the universal ideal of holding onto your dreams through life's most difficult challenges.


Book, music & lyrics by Jonathan Larson | David Auburn - Script Consultant | Vocal Arrangements and Orchestrations by Stephen Oremus | tick tick BOOM! was originally produced off-Broadway in June, 2001 by Victoria Leacock, Robyn Goodman, Dede Harris, Lorie Cowe Levy, Beth Smith. This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International. All authorised performance materials are also supplied by MTI

Jon - Mason Jones
Michael - Lewis Dawson
Susan/Karessa - Elle Madeira
Ensemble - Becky Cleary
Ensemble - Tara Kulbatski

Director - Max Marriott
Producer - Scott Gist
Choreographer - Michael Hudson
Stage Manager - Harry Lynch Bowers
Lighting Technician - Chris Marshall Unit
Videography - Scott Gist and Redonya Media

Photography - Heather Isobel Photography

Piano & Musical Director - Livs Needham

Drums - Keith Ramskill

Guitar - Tommy Roberts

Bass - Euan Aitken

Mason Jones is a strong leading man, demonstrating his fantastic vocal ability

Livs Needham has does a fantastic job at bringing out the challenging harmonies and the small band under her direction sounds brilliant.

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