Play-by-Play Theatre is excited to present Jonathan Larson’s tick, tick… BOOM!
There will be 5 performances March 23-26 at Stage 1017 in Green Bay. Rehearsals will be scheduled based around actor availability (Zoom negotiable), however actors must be available in person for March and every day beginning March 19th.
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.
Everyone will love this youthful, endearing and thoughtful piece, and will surely embrace the universal ideal of holding onto your dreams through life's most difficult challenges. tick, tick… BOOM! features a three-person cast showcasing strong pop/rock singers and allowing performers to make creative character choices.
JONATHAN - (Male, 25-35) A struggling composer on the brink of his 30th birthday; Strong narrator. A music geek with awkward tendencies; self reflective. Michael's roommate and Susan's boyfriend; ability to play basic piano is preferred but not required. Pop-rock bari-tenor; Written vocal range: top A4, bottom A2
SUSAN - (Female, 20-30) Jonathan's girlfriend; uninhibited and dynamic; nurturing, loving and supportive but growing increasingly frustrated with Jonathan's pre-occupation and lack of commitment. Same performer plays a number of additional character roles requiring terrific comic timing. A dancer or strong mover preferred. Strong belt; Written vocal range: top D5, bottom A3
MICHAEL - (Male, 25-35) Jonathan's best friend from childhood; helpful, kind, funny, successful. Also doubles multiple roles. A friendly, welcoming presence. Warm bari-tenor; Written vocal range: top Gb4, bottom Bb2
We would like a self tape containing 16 bars of two contrasting pieces (one ballad, one uptempo) in the style of the show. In your slate, please state your name and which role(s) you'd like to be considered for. If you'd like to be considered for JONATHAN and you play piano, please include a short clip of you playing piano (not a requirement for the role, but a perk).
In addition to your musical pieces, please provide a reading of one of the provided sides found HERE. This does not have to be memorized. Please note: there are two sides for each character. We ask that you prepare two - either for the same character or two different characters.
Please record landscape/horizontal from the waist up. You can provide all audition materials in one video or multiple videos. Submit a link to your self tape (Vimeo or Youtube, please no download links), along with your headshot and resume AND your availability/known conflicts, to this GOOGLE FORM by December 1st at 11:59pm.
Performers of all ethnicities and gender identities as well as performers with disabilities are encouraged to audition. Must be able to portray the ages listed in the character descriptions (must be at least 18 years of age).
All cast members must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to appear at in-person rehearsals and be cast in the show. "Fully vaccinated," as defined by the CDC, is more than 14 calendar days following receipt of a final dose of an FDA or World Health Organization authorized or approved vaccine.