South Florida Theatre lovers now is your chance to see Jonathan Larson’s “tick tick BOOM! ” Any musical theatre student or theatre lover who knows “Rent‘ should see the very first musical that really inspired “Rent“! Outre Theatre Company’s mission states theatre should be raw, visceral, thought-provoking and action-inducing, well they are right on point with there brave new choices in musicals, that have not been shared with Florida theatre audiences.
The chords may even sound familiar at times, the exposition patterns similar and even a few characters may seem a bit like “Rent” but “tick tick Boom!” really shows any future musical theatre writers just how far or close Jonathan Larson was to winning that Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize.
The sad journey that we all know today is Jonathan Larson would never see the true success before his quick unexpected death, which stole “525,600 Minutes” away in a blink of an eye. The multi-award winning musical “Rent” and Larson’s songs like “No Day But Today” were his destiny. The musical took on a deeper meaning by his short lived life. You can’t plan success through the loss of an artists, it was written in the heavens.
“tick tick Boom!” was a clock, like a ticking time bomb about to explode. And it did! Jonathan Larson’s life was taken to early, but the message which is shared in his musicals are eternal. “tick tick Boom!” is really Larson soul searching, as the directors note state. Jonathan Larson was telling his own story, a sort of semi-autobiographical journey through his love of rock music and heart felt lyrics.
The cast do an excellent job retelling Larson’s journey. Mike Westrich (Johnny) just seen recently in the critically acclaimed BRTG production of “Chicago” stands out as the lead with his vocal talents and acting choices. Sabrina Lynn Gore (Susan) who shined as the star of “The Wild Party” for Outre Theatre Company, once again proves you could give her any role and she would find every unique way to make it her own. Jarel Brown seen as chorus in BRTG production of “Chicago” gets his largest role to date. Jarel sings with his wonderful raspy vocals. His acting may not be as strong as his counter parts but the “tick tick Boom!” journey is delivered.
Directed by a Florida favorite with actors and patrons, Skye Whitcomb‘s production values in “tick tick Boom!” are again above a few local theatres. You know who they are. Those theatres who charge even more for ticket price, but give you less, like musical click tracks. Whitcomb has secured a live band under the direction of Kristen Long, which is still a key role in selling tickets to live musicals. The sound by Danny Butler is better than ever! Light design by Stephanie Howard is almost perfect and the Outre Theatre venue is located in the heart of one of the nicest areas in South Florida, Boca Raton, Florida.
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“tick tick Boom!” plays now through June 9, 2013 at Outre Theatre Company at Mizner Park CAC located at 201 Plaza Real Boca Raton, FL. For Tickets call 954-300-2149 or visit www.outretheatrecompany.com. “tick tick Boom!” is a Theatre Chat top pick, because of its’ journey which we all know inspired “Rent“.