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Tick, Tick ... Boom!


Fri 16 Aug 2019, 7:30pm–10:00pm
Sat 17 Aug 2019, 2:00pm–4:30pm
Sat 17 Aug 2019, 7:30pm–10:00pm
Fri 23 Aug 2019, 7:30pm–10:00pm
Sat 24 Aug 2019, 2:00pm–4:30pm
Sat 24 Aug 2019, 7:30pm–10:00pm

Where: Koorliny Arts Centre, Sulphur Road, Kwinana, Western Australia

Restrictions: 15+

Ticket Information:

  • Standard: $25.00
  • Concession: $23.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: moniquermh

A powerhouse cast of three will deliver a moving production of Jonathan Larsen’s pop rock musical Tick, Tick … Boom.

The autobiographical musical from the creator of Rent explores the end of youth and the definition of success as it tells the story of a young composer trying to make his mark in theatre. Jon is a struggling composer whose life seems to be going nowhere. About to turn 30 and still waiting tables for a living, Jon is desperately scared that he may never “make it” on Broadway.

The pressure is on when Jon’s girlfriend, Susan, says she wants to get married and move out of the city, and his best friend, Michael, quits acting for financial success as a corporate executive. Jon’s new musical Superbia has a great workshop but no prospects, and as time ticks by Jon wonders if maybe his friends are right, and it’s time to throw in the towel.

Originally created by Jonathan Larson a one-man show, it was revised by David Auburn following Larson’s death in 1996, and expanded to a full-length, three-actor production. This deeply personal peek into the life of an artist features Joshua Towns as Jon, Cat Maree Perez as Michael and Grace Johnson as Susan, with direction by Tay Broadley and musical direction by Taui Pinker.

Broadley says he was especially attracted to directing a contemporary rock musical as opposed to one of the “classics”.

“The small-scale show with massive emotional impact seemed like a challenge worth taking on,” he said.

“I’m hoping audiences relate to the passion of Tick, Tick … Boom! and the idea that some things are worth seeing through no matter what. Not everything can last, but it’s worth holding onto what makes you, you.”

Tick, Tick … Boom! is the third production in the Koorliny Arts Centre and Kwinana Industries Council 2019 Performance Season.

This show is suitable for people aged 15+ due to drug and sexual references.