|Theatre Arts to present "Tick, Tick...BOOM!"|
"Tick, Tick...BOOM!" is a musical about a struggling young composer’s dream to write a successful rock-musical, but as he nears his 30th birthday, he starts to feel the pressure of his past failures. He begins to hear his life ticking away as he spirals out of control. He has some tough decisions to make. Should he take the job in marketing? Should he move in with his girlfriend? Should he leave New York City? Should he go on as he has been, waiting for someone to recognize his talent? The show includes several songs, including “Green Green Dress,” “Louder than Words” and “Sunday,” a parody of Stephen Sondheim’s "Sunday in the Park with George."
Although the music in "Tick, Tick...BOOM!" is composed by Jonathan Larson, the famous composer of the Broadway hit musical "RENT," the show itself was written by a couple of Larson’s friends after his tragic death in 1996. They did not want his music to die with him, and out of the pain and grief of his passing rose "Tick, Tick...BOOM!" The show reflects many of Larson’s own life experiences as he waited for his big break.
"Tick, Tick...BOOM!" will be director Emily Cherry’s first show at UND, and it is also the kick off show for the new Musical Theatre Program. Theatre Arts is using this production to demonstrate the collaborative nature of all the fine arts: performance, visual and music. Upon entering the theatre, you will be enveloped in the wonder and melding of these three artistic forms with a special showing of original artwork from one cast member.
In UND’s production of "Tick, Tick...BOOM!" the cast has been expanded. Originally, the show was written for three actors, one to play the lead role of Jon and two others to play all the other various roles throughout. In this production, the role of Jon will be played by Daniel Walstad and the other two roles will be divided among four actors: Emily Elisabeth, Tyler Rood, Mari Beil and Tyler Sheeley.
Performances of "Tick, Tick...BOOM!" at the Burtness Theatre are March 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. Each performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for students with a valid student I.D. Groups of ten or more people receive a $2 discount. Reserved parking will be available. For ticket information and reservations, call the Box Office at 777-2587. Time is ticking away, so get your tickets soon.
-- Alyssa Thompson, Publicity Assistant , Theatre Arts, email@example.com, 320-221-0588