Full casting has been announced for tick, tick… BOOM!: the autobiographical rock musical detailing the journey that led to the late Jonathan Larson’s big break and Broadway blockbuster, Rent. The production, directed by Bronagh Lagan, runs at London’s Park Theatre from 3 to 27 May 2017, with a press night on 8 May.
As Jon frets over his inert career as a composer in the prelude to his thirtieth birthday, the future Pulitzer Prize and Tony award-winner, accompanied by his friend and girlfriend, begin to question if it’s time to move away from his theatre aspirations.
Chris Jenkins returns to Park Theatre in the role of Jon, following his appearance in 2016’s quadruple Offie Award-nominated musical The Burnt Part Boys in PARK90. Gillian Saker (BBC Two’s Ripper Street) performs the role of Jon’s girlfriend Susan, with Jordan Shaw (Motown The Musical, Shaftesbury Theatre) playing the part of Michael, Jon’s childhood friend.
Susan wants to get married, move out of the city, and away from the life of impoverished artistry. Michael is making big money on Madison Avenue, yet Jon is still waiting on tables and trying to write the great American musical. Set in 1990, this compelling story of personal discovery embraces the ideal of holding onto your dreams through life’s most difficult challenges.
Containing fourteen songs, ten characters, three actors and a band, tick, tick… BOOM! is directed by Bronagh Lagan. Her director credits include: Promises, Promises (Southwark Playhouse), Rags – The Musical (Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue), A Day In The Death Of Joe Egg (Greenwich Theatre), Expectations (Arcola), Blood Wedding (Courtyard Theatre) and Henry VI Part 1 (Rose Theatre).
The production is designed by Nik Corrall, with lighting by Ben Rogers and casting by Jane Deitch. It’s produced by Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment and Joe C Brown.