Tick, Tick… Boom!
Friday April 8, 2022 08:30 PM EDT
CL Critic Kevin C. Madigan Recommends: The man who wrote the smash rock musical “Rent” also came up with “Tick, Tick... Boom!” The late Jonathan Larson’s autobiographical piece tells the story of a longtime waiter on a losing streak who desperately wants to make it big in the world of theater. Set in 1990, the composer and lyricist recounts his struggles and sacrifices and their effects on his fiancée and friends while pounding the road to success. Grant McGowen will play the leading role of Jon; McGowen was last seen on stage in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” and “Glengarry Glen Ross.” Atlanta-based musician Ian Cole will make his first local appearance as an actor playing Jon's best friend Michael. The story is also the subject of a new film by Lin-Manuel Miranda of “Hamilton'' fame, making his directorial debut with Andrew Garfield in the lead. — K.C.M.
From the venue:Performances will run 90 minutes without an intermission. Jonathan Larson (Book, Music and Lyrics) received the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for RENT. He also won the 1996 Tony Award for Best Musical and the 1994 Richard Rodgers Award for RENT and twice received The Gilman & Gonzales-Falla Theatre Foundation's Comendation Award. In 1989 he was granted the Stephen Sondheim Award from American Music Theatre Festival, where he contributed to the musical "Sitting on the Edge of the Future". In 1988 he won the Richard Rodgers Development Grant for his rock musical Superbia, which was staged at Playwrights Horizon. He composed the score for the musical J.P. Morgan Saves the Nation, which was presented by En Garde Arts in 1995. Mr. Larson performed his rock monologue tick, tick... BOOM! at Second Stage Theatre, The Village Gate and New York Theatre Workshop. In addition to scoring and song writing for "Sesame Street", he created music for a number fo children's book-cassettes, including Steven Spielberg's "An American Tail" and "Land Before Time". Other film scores include work for Rolling Stones magazine publisher Jann Wenner. He conceived, directed and wrote four original songs for "Away We Go!", a musical video for children. RENT, his rock opera based on "La Boheme", had its world premiere on February 13, 1996 at New York Theatre Workshop. Mr. Larson died unexpectedly of an aortic aneurysm on January 25, 1996, ten days before his 36th birthday. His music (including songs cut from his shows) is archived in the Library of Congress.