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Jonathan's best friend, Michael wants him to join corporate America, and his girlfriend, Susan, wants him to move with her to Cape Cod, but he doesn't want to abandon the musical he's worked on for the past five years and has not yet given up faith that it will be his big break.

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Tick Tick Boom tells the story of an aspiring composer named Jon, who lives in New York City in 1990. Jon is worried he has made the wrong career choice to be part of the performing arts. The story is autobiographical, as stated by Larson's father in the liner notes of the cast recording – Larson had been trying to establish himself in theatre since the early 1980s.

Larson began to perform the piece as a solo work in 1990. After his death in 1996, it was revised and revamped by playwright David Auburn as a three-actor piece and was premiered off-Broadway in 2001. Since then, the show has had a London production, an American national tour and numerous local productions.


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Génèse du musical

Tick, Tick...Boom! was originally produced Off-Off-Broadway in September 1990 at the Second Stage Theatre and New York Theatre Workshop and The Village Gate (November 1991). Larson performed the show as a "rock monologue," a new form of theatre for the time. The performance attracted the attention of a young producer named Jeffrey Seller, who became a fan of Larson's work. In 1995, he saw the New York Theatre Workshop production of Larson's musical Rent and convinced his fellow producers to bring it to Broadway.

After Larson's death in 1996, producer Victoria Leacock asked David Auburn, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Proof, to reconfigure Tick, Tick...Boom!. Auburn restructured the monologue into a three actor musical, with one actor playing Jon, and the other two actors playing Michael and Susan as well as all the other roles in the show. Also, the script and score were streamlined and edited. This revised version of the piece premiered off-Broadway at the Jane Street Theater on May 23, 2001.

2001 Off-Broadway premiere
The revamped musical premiered off-Broadway at the Jane Street Theater on May 23, 2001 and closed on January 6, 2002. Directed by Scott Schwartz, with choreography by Christopher Gatelli, the cast featured Raúl Esparza as Jon, Jerry Dixon as Michael, and Amy Spanger as Susan. Molly Ringwald and Natascia Diaz later replaced Spanger as Susan and Joey McIntyre replaced Esparza as Jon. The production received seven Drama Desk Award nominations, including Outstanding Musical,[8] and won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical; Esparza won an Obie Award for his performance. The original cast recording was released in 2001 by RCA Victor Broadway.
The off-Broadway production was imported to Seoul, South Korea briefly, with McIntyre, Dixon and Diaz making up the cast.

2003 American national tour
A touring production of the show was directed by Schwartz, with Christian Campbell as Jon, Nikki Snelson as Susan and Wilson Cruz as Michael. The tour performed in Dallas, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, East Lansing, Michigan, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Minneapolis, Hershey, Pennsylvania, Nashville, Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh, Chicago and Boston.[10]

2005 London premiere
tick, tick... BOOM! opened in London at the Menier Chocolate Factory on May 31, 2005, running until August 28, 2005. Again directed by Scott Schwartz, the cast featured Neil Patrick Harris as Jon – later replaced by Christian Campbell – Tee Jaye as Michael, and Cassidy Janson as Susan.

2005-06 California production
A California production ran at the Rubicon Theatre Company in Ventura, California from November 19, 2005 through December 18, 2005. Scott Schwartz directed, with a cast including Andrew Samonsky as Jon, Wilson Cruz as Michael and Natascia Diaz as Susan. The production moved to the Coronet Theatre, West Hollywood, California, through July 16, 2006.

2005 Canadian premiere
A Toronto production was mounted by Acting Up Stage Theatre Company at the Poor Alex Theatre in 2005. The director was Mario D'Alimonte, with a cast featuring Dean Armstrong as Jon, Michael Dufays as Michael and Daphne Moens as Susan.

2009 London West End premiere
tick, tick... BOOM! had its West End première in a limited engagement at the Duchess Theatre from 13–17 May, forming part of the 2009 Notes From New York season. Directed by Hannah Chissick, the cast comprised Paul Keating as Jon, Julie Atherton as Susan and Leon Lopez as Michael.



Liste des chansons

"30/90" — Company
"Green Green Dress" — Jon, Susan
"Johnny Can't Decide" — Company
"Sunday" — Company
"No More" — Michael, Jon
"Therapy" — Jon, Susan
"Times Square"
"Real Life" — Company
"Sugar" — Company
"See Her Smile" — Company
"Superbia Intro"
"Come to Your Senses" — Karessa
"Why" — Jon
"30/90 Reprise"
"Louder Than Words" — Company

"Sunday", Jon's song at the diner, is based on the Act I Finale from the Stephen Sondheim musical Sunday in the Park with George; Larson conceived it as a humorous homage to Sondheim, one of his largest influences.
Another reference to Sondheim is present in the score of the song, "Why". Not only mentioning West Side Story in the lyrics, the song utilizes the same tritone made famous in the West Side Story song "Maria".
On the cast recording there is an additional song cut from the final version of the show, "Boho Days". This track is one of the few recordings of Larson's voice publicly available. It was extracted from a demo tape recorded by Larson during the development of tick, tick... BOOM!

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Tick, Tick...Boom bears some similarity to Company, written by Larson's idol Stephen Sondheim. For example, in Company, Robert 'celebrates' his 35th birthday much in the way Jon celebrates his 30th, with both shows ending with the blowing out of candles and the cast singing "Happy Birthday to You".


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