Tick, Tick… Boom!

Park Theatre, London
2017-05-27 • 3:15pm

I have fond memories of seeing the original Off-Broadway production of this autobiographical musical written by Rent’s author, Jonathan Larson, when it premiered (in its current form) at the Jane Street Theatre in 2001, with the wonderful Raúl Esparza in the leading role.

As often with the autobiographical writings of creative people, Tick, Tick… Boom! is genuine, touching and just the right amount of clever. Its references to Mary Poppins and West Side Story are a lot of fun… and the song “Sunday” is remarkable in the way it works as well for people who understand the homage to Stephen Sondheim as for those who don’t.

The cast is very appealing, and the direction gives the proceedings perfect pace and energy.

Book, Music and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson.
Directed by Bronagh Lagan. With Chris Jenkins (Jonathan), Gillian Saker (Susan, et al.), Jordan Shaw (Michael, et al.).

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