Trustus Theater brings back the musical rock tick, tick… BOOM! on the main stage of Thigpen for the first time since 2007. The autobiographical musical of Jonathan Larson, the Pulitzer Prize-winning and Tony Award-winning composer of RENT, is the story of a composer and the sacrifices he made to achieve his big breakthrough in acting.
The show features only three cast members: Trustus Company members Michael Hazin and Katie Leitner, and Trustus newcomer Andrew Mullin. Dewey Scott-Wiley, Acting Artistic Director of Trustus, runs the show with Trustus Company members Chris Cockrell as musical director and Terrance Henderson as choreographer.
Out of an abundance of caution, the series of ticks, ticks… BOOM! has been delayed and will now open on Friday February 4 and continue until Saturday February 26. Those who purchased tickets for the original opening will be contacted by the box office. For ticket information or questions, please contact the box office by email at [email protected].
Before RENT, there was tick, tick… BOOM! A budding composer, Jon, questions his life choices on the eve of his 30th birthday. Trustus Company member Michael Hazin takes on the role of Jon. Last seen as the larger-than-life presidential rock star in Bloody Bloody Andre Jackson, Hazin says the role is “intimidating, but it’s quite an honor.” The show, originally written as a solo monologue for Larson himself, requires a lot of research. “I not only watched some of his other works like RENT, but I also watched videos of him performing the original one man show, BoHo Days. Besides that, I went through the interviews of his friends and colleagues to talk about their relationship with Jonathan.”
Andrew Mullin and member of Trustus Company Katie Leitner complete the cast, taking on multiple roles that create the world of Larson – New York in the 1990s. “All roles serve a purpose in good theater like this, and all actors have the potential to leave a memorable mark on their audience at all times,” says Mullin. “Each role should be distinguished in its own way.” Leitner agrees: “Constantly changing voices, postures and costume pieces to communicate to the audience that there are more characters in the story than there are actors on stage takes time. to create, but the end result will only make the show stronger.” Leitner’s first Trustus role was Mimi in the successful run of RENT in 2009 and again in 2010. Returning to Larson’s job was “such a joy” for her. “This brilliant composer not only changed the musical landscape of musical theater – his influence can still be heard in new works today – but he gave light and a voice to people who needed to be heard.”
tick, tick… BOOM! also brings together the RENT management team: Dewey Scott-Wiley, Chris Cockrell and Terrance Henderson. Scott-Wiley, acting artistic director and director of the show, is delighted to have the group back. “RENT has taught us so many valuable lessons, both creative and personal. I think the three of us bring a collective understanding of Jonathan Larsonis the storytelling. It feels like we already have a common artistic sensibility and language that can sometimes take a while to develop with new collaborators.” Henderson, who choreographs the show, appreciates the “art-centric work and l Larson’s ‘activism’.
“He’s aware of his times and accepts responsibility for the power of his poetry. Being true to yourself and others. And loving love love. It’s fun but it’s also very real.” The show centers around theatrical creation, a powerful subject for many involved in the show. “This musical is assertive,” says Scott-Wiley. “It affirms the anxieties and pressure to succeed that we all experience, as it encourages us to be true to ourselves and develop our passionate side.” Mullin echoes that same sentiment, “For me, this story is an encouragement to persevere in my calling in this industry despite my circumstances. Additionally, I think it greatly encourages our beloved audience that the greatest forms of gratification are the longest -suffered.”
tick, tick… BOOM! is sponsored by Prisma Health. A discussion on “coping with anxiety and pressure to succeed” will follow the morning of February 20 at 5:15 p.m., and will include Dr. Rachel Brown, Medical Director of Prevention and Wellness, Prisma Health Business Health Solutions, as well as creatives from the show. All are invited to attend the discussion.
tick, tick… BOOM! opens Friday, February 4 at 8:00 p.m. and runs through Saturday, February 26. The box office and bar open one hour before showtime, and patrons are encouraged to arrive early to allow for safe seating procedures. For more information on Trustus’ security guidelines, please visit https://trustus.org/safety-guidelines. Reservations are recommended due to limited capacity and can be made at www.trustus.org.