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Tick, Tick... Boom!

  • Theatre, Musicals
  • The Comedy Theatre, Melbourne
  1. Still from Tick Tick Boom the movie
    Photograph: YouTube
  2. The cover of the Tick Tick Boom playbook against a yellow background
    Photograph: Provided by Jessica Bendell Publicity

Time Out says

This musical rendition of the story behind the creator of Rent is coming to Melbourne for a limited time

It was always Jonathan Larson's destiny to create his Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical Rent, but as a struggling artist in New York, trying to make his dreams come true, it might not have always seemed that way. And that's essentially what Tick, Tick... Boom! is all about; a semi-autobiographical musical mirroring Larson's journey hurtling towards his impending Broadway success.

Punters would probably know it best from a recent film adaption by the same name, directed by Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, and starring Andrew Garfield and Vanessa Hudgens – and eventually winning Garfield a Golden Globe for his turn as Larson in the film. But before that, it was Larson's hidden treasure – a musical left behind after he tragically passed away prior to the first performance of his enduring Broadway smash hit, Rent.

Tick, Tick... Boom! is the story of a promising young artist struggling to realise his dreams in the Big Apple back in the early '90s. As time marches on (the tick, tick of the title ever-present), he must decide between fear and love – and fight for what he truly wants.

Hugh Sheridan (Packed to the Rafters, Five Bedrooms), one of Australia's leading stage and screen stars, has just been cast in the lead role, and he will be joined by Elenoa Rokobaro (Rent at the Sydney Opera House) as Susan, Finn Alexander (Urinetown) as Michael, plus Sheridan Adams (Cruel Intentions: The 90’s Musical) and Andrew Coshan (A View From A Bridge, Hamlet).  

Tick, Tick... Boom! is set to hit Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre from February 1, 2023, for only seven shows, before playing a limited season at QPAC’s Playhouse in Brisbane. Tickets are on sale now.

Looking for more theatre in Melbourne? Check out our list of the best musicals playing this month.

Written by
Bianca O'Neill


The Comedy Theatre
240 Exhibition St
Nearby stations: Parliament

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