Tick Tick... Boom!
Book, Music and Lyrics by JONATHAN LARSON
Script Consultant DAVID AUBURN
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 COWEN LEVY & BETH SMITH
Jonathan DANE BJORNSON
Susan JESSICA JONES
Michael JOEL SCHAEFER
Piano JOE SLABE
Guitar CARL JANZEN
Bass DARCY JOHNSTONE
Drums NATHANIEL CHIANG
THE PRODUCTION TEAM
Director JP THIBODEAU
Musical Director JOE SLABE
Choreographer KAYLA MACKENZIE
Stage Manager SERENA LEMIRE
Production Manager MIKE SKWARA
Production Assistant DENEANE OSMOND
Production Assistant JENNIFER YEUNG
Lighting Designer KRIS MISH
Scenic Designer JP THIBODEAU
Costume Designer DARCIE HOWE
Sound Technician TARA KIELY
Set Construction JOSH BAILEY
Set Painting LORIE MASUR
Poster & Program Design JENNIFER MERIO
Publicist ALDONA BARUTOWICZ
Publicity Coordinator HAYLEY DECHAINE
Social Media Specialist JC CORNELL
Tick, Tick... Boom! is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also provided by MTI www.mtishows.com
Forte Musical Theatre engages under the terms of the Independent Theatre Agreement, professional artists who are members of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association.
The videotaping or making of electronic or other audio and/or visual recordings of this production or distributing recordings on any medium, including the Internet, is strictly prohibited, a violation of the author’s rights and actionable under copyright law.
ABOUT THE SHOW
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. Containing fourteen songs, ten characters, three actors and a band, 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.
ABOUT FORTE MUSICAL THEATRE GUILD
Forte Musical Theatre Guild (Forte) is a company on the leading edge of musical theatre in Canada. We are the only professional company west of Toronto dedicated exclusively to new musicals and, with our stable of established and emerging artists, we create engaging and intimate evenings of award-winning entertainment. Forte also creates educational and professional development opportunities for students, writers and young professionals to gain experience in this dynamic art form.
A MESSAGE FROM JOE
Welcome to Forte’s production of Tick, Tick… Boom!
My relationship to this piece goes all the way back to when I was studying musical theatre in London and saw a production of the show at the Menier Chocolate Factory in 2005. I liked it a lot but I thought it odd that, for a show about a composer, Jon’s piano playing didn’t really feature into the plot. An early line where Jon says “I’ve forgotten how to play the piano completely” seemed like a cheat and a way to ensure you didn’t need a piano playing actor to do the show.
Then I saw the movie version with Andrew Garfield where Jon’s piano playing became
central to the storytelling. I got very excited about the idea of finding an actor/musician who could play the role of Jon and weave his piano playing ability throughout the show.
Director JP Thibodeau and I cast a wide net and auditioned actors from across the country. We were very fortunate to find Dane Bjornson just up the road in Edmonton! Joel Schaefer returns to Forte after starring in Naughty… but Nice: Vaccin8! and Jessica Jones rounds out the cast, making her professional theatre debut. With the addition of a four-piece rock band, this “little show” ends up being one of the biggest productions Forte has ever produced!
As we dug into Tick, Tick… Boom!, we heard so much of the early seeds of Rent in this score. And there are a ton of details about Jon’s life that would become plot points in his TONY and Pulitzer Prize winning musical.
It kills me that Jonathan never lived to see the huge success that Rent would become. It’s influenced a generation of musical theatre writers, including me. But, after his tragic death, Jonathan’s friends came together to make a show out of the songs he left behind. It tells the story of how he overcame almost insurmountable obstacles to create one of the most influential shows of our time. I find it incredibly moving and I hope you do too.
Coming up, Forte is partnering with Lunchbox Theatre to co-produce the Calgary premiere of Countries Shaped Like Stars in the Vertigo Studio from March 21st to April 8th so I hope you’ll come check that out as well!
Thanks for coming and enjoy the show!
30/90 — Company
Green Green Dress — Jon, Susan
Johnny Can't Decide — Company
Sunday — Company
No More — Michael, Jon
Therapy — Jon, Susan
Real Life — Company
Sugar — Company
See Her Smile — Company
Come to Your Senses — Karessa (Susan)
Why — Jon
30/90 Reprise - Jon
Louder Than Words — Company
Tick, Tick...Boom runs approximately 85 minutes with no intermission.
Jonathan Larson 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 Commendation Award.
In 1989 he was granted the Stephen Sondheim Award from the 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 songwriting for Sesame Street, he created music for a number of 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 music 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.
JONATHAN LARSON - Book, Music & Lyrics
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