The Wonderlust Theatre Company will perform its first-ever musical, Tick, Tick… Boom! in the HUB’s Flex Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday, October 27-29.
Tick, Tick… Boom! was written by Jonathan Larson, a Tony Award-winning playwright and composer most famous for writing Rent. The musical chronicles Larson’s struggles before writing Rent. While following his dream to be a successful composer and playwright, he waits tables for a living.
Larson questions whether the career path was right for him, mainly because his first full play, Superbia, was not as successful as he thought it would be. His unconventional choice to use rock music as the soundtrack to a musical is a big risk, and Superbia‘s failure is part of why he doesn’t think he can succeed as a composer.
The Wonderlust Theatre Company’s adaptation of the show is directed by Amber Holder. Christian Lopez and Jeremy Edelstein serve as the musical’s music and vocal directors, respectively.
Austin Auriemma leads as Jonathan Larson, and Mike Zula plays Michael, Larson’s best friend who has forged a successful career in corporate America. Alayna Lightfield portrays Susan, who is Larson’s girlfriend, but also doubts his career choice and wants to get married and move out of the city.
As with all Wonderlust shows, a post-show discussion will focus on a central theme of the show. Tick, Tick… Boom! attendees will discuss the question, “What would you sacrifice to do what you love?” Admission is free and snacks will be provided after the show.