Twenty years following the tragic death of RENT composer Jonathon Larson, Pursued by Bear are giving Melbourne audiences a rare and exclusive opportunity to experience a slice of musical theatre history. This is a chance to get to know the man who fatefully lived – and died – turning his dreams into a reality.
Originally conceived as a one-man autobiographical ‘rock opera’ and then re-configured into a three-actor chamber musical, tick, tick…BOOM! depicts a struggling creative artist who wonders how much longer he can sanely balance his passion and goals with the stumbling blocks of life – relationships, jobs, money, doubts, and fears.
Aside from Larson himself, actors who have portrayed the role of Jon include Raul Esparza, Neil Patrick Harris and most recently, Lin-Manuel Miranda. In Pursued by Bear’s upcoming season at Chapel Off Chapel, Jon will be played by the enigmatic Luigi Lucente (West Side Story, Dogfight, Parade, The Rocky Horror Show). Joining Luigi is Angela Scundi (Into The Woods, The Rocky Horror Show, Spring Awakening) as Susan and Quin Kelly (Saturday Night Fever,) as Michael.
Mitch Roberts and Rebecca Hetherington will cover all three roles and act as on-stage vocalists. Brenton Cosier will act as a third cover and Assistant Director. Directed by Paul Watson, tick, tick…BOOM! plays at Chapel Off Chapel from 21 April 2016 for nine shows only. Tickets are now on sale!
Image: Luigi Lucente, Angela Scundi and Quin Kelly to star in tick, tick…BOOM!