Rent composer Jonathan Larson’s autobiographical musical tick, tick… Boom!, directed by Guy Retallack at the Bridge House Theatre from 30 September to 27 October 2019, will star Georgie Ashford, James Hume and Alex Lodge. Does it feel like it’s time to book a ticket?
tick, tick… Boom! is an autobiographical musical by Jonathan Larson, who went on to win a Pulitzer and three Tony Awards for Rent. It’s the story of the composer on the brink of turning 30, his fear of falling into oblivion, and the sacrifices he made to achieve his big break in the theatre. Set in 1990, the show has been described as a “compelling, endearing and personal story of discovery that embraces the universal ideal of holding onto your dreams through life’s most difficult challenges”.
With press performances on 4 7 October, tick, tick… Boom! will be directed by the venue’s artistic director Guy Retallack who said: “Jonathan Larson’s late 20th century neurotic rock musical is alarmingly prescient. At a time when work/life balance feels ever more precarious Jon’s search to make it in the Big Apple feels thrillingly relevant.”
It has been announced that tick, tick… Boom! will go into production soon for Netflix, directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Georgie Ashford (Susan) is currently in Carousel in Chichester. Her West End roles include Marilyn and 1st Cover Cynthia, Beautiful; 1st Cover Ellie, Cover Magnolia, Julie, Show Boat; 1st Cover Diana, Maggie and Bebe, A Chorus Line. She was 1st U/S Jenny Lind, Barnum (UK Tour), Nell Freeman in Godiva Rocks (Belgrade Theatre), and was in Daniel Evans production of Oliver! at Sheffield Crucible.
James Hume (Michael) His West End roles include Bishop of Digne, 1st Cover Javert, Bamatabois and 1st Cover Thenardier, Les Misérables. He was the Park Keeper/Von Hussler, 2nd Cover George Banks in Mary Poppins (International Tour); Bamatabois, Les Misérables (International Tour); Mr Etches, Titanic, Southwark Playhouse and
transfer to Toronto, Canada.
Alex Lodge (Jon) His West End roles include 1st u/s Elder Price, The Book Of Mormon (2016-2019); Herschel/Dance Captain, Rags the Musical. On tour he played Fleet in Titanic and Bobby C, Saturday Night Fever. His other work includes Sam in Romance Romance (Above the Stag); Straight Dave in Closer to Heaven (Union); Joe Hardy, Damn Yankees (Landor Theatre).