Tick, Tick ... Boom!
Music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson
Book by Jonathan Larson & David Auburn
American Theater Group, 2015
Director: Igor Goldin
Music Director: Vince Di Mura
Set Designer: Bethanie Wampol
Costume Designer: Stefanie Genda
Sound Designer: Timothy O'Neill
Prod. Stage Manager: Meghan Fisher
Photography by Matt Pilsner.
The familiar struggle of an aspiring composer trying to find success in New York City, Tick, Tick ... Boom! is an autobiographical musical about creative fulfillment, identity crisis, and of turning 30 with nothing to show for it. Jon is surrounded by the compromises and choices he has made: his waitstaff job, his inability to commit when his girlfriend Susan has to move for her new career, and the fear of being left behind by his successful best friend, Michael, who is dying of AIDS. But Jon's work begins to pay off, and he re-establishes his passion for his music, with hints that success lies just around the corner.
The scenic design of the production developed a large, open-concept warehouse feeling, incorporating the multiple textures, structures and backgrounds of New York City streets. As such, the lighting focused on helping the story move from locale to locale, as well as the passing of time. While there was some tongue-in-cheek usage of "traditional" isolated specials to underscore the fourth-wall-breaking narrative, the main design leaned on balancing naturalism with saturated colours and textures that support the natural pop-rock vibrancy of the music.