Preview: tick...tick..BOOM!

by Liza Mattimore

Angelwalk theatre has announced that tickets are now on sale for their upcoming performances of tick...tick...Boom! 

From the release:

 Toronto's premiere producer of Off-Broadway style musical theatre, launches its fifth anniversary season in 2013/2014 with a new production of Jonathan Larson's autobiographical musical, tick, tick...BOOM!

Best known for penning the Tony-Award and Pulitzer Prize winning musical RENT, Jonathan Larson's tick, tick...BOOM! is the only other musical he wrote in his all-too-short career.  Winner of the 2001 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical, this show tells the tale of a young composer on the brink of turning 30 and his fear of falling into oblivion.  His girlfriend wants to get married and move out of the city, his best friend is making big bucks on Madison Avenue, and yet Jon is still waiting on tables and trying to write the "great American musical".  tick, tick...BOOM! takes you through the experiences of a struggling playwright and composer, and the journey that led to the Broadway blockbuster RENT.  

tick, tick...BOOM! , a co-production with Newface Entertainment, will run from September 21 until October 6, 2013 at the Toronto Centre for the Arts Studio Theatre.  Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at or through the Toronto Centre for the Arts box office at 1-855-985-2787.

As previously announced, tick, tick...BOOM! will reunite director Tim French (Altar Boyz, [title of show]) with music director Anthony Bastianon ([title of show], Songs for a New World, Off-Broadway On Stage), the creative team behind Angelwalk Theatre's 5-time Dora-nominated production of [title of show].  

A Dora Award Winner and Betty Mitchell Award and Stirling Award nominee, Tim's work has been seen at most of Canada's major theatres.  Director and/or choreographer credits include: To Life (Harold Green Jewish Theatre) co-created with Avery Saltzman; The Fantasticks (Soulpepper); Caroline, or Change and Falsettos (Acting Up Stage).

Anthony's musical director credits are numerous- with over 100 productions to his credit, including thirteen seasons at Stage West in Mississauga.  As a composer, Anthony has written the music for Nursery School Musical, The Decameron, Creation and Not In My Backyard (recently premiered at the Port Stanley Festival Theatre).

tick, tick...BOOM! will star Ken Chamberland as Michael, Parris Greaves as Jon, and Laura Mae Nason as Susan.

Ken returns to Angelwalk Theatre after appearing as Matthew in Angelwalk Theatre's inaugural production of Altar Boyz.  Since then, he has enjoyed working in many theatre companies across Canada, including the Canadian Opera Company, Neptune Theatre and Drayton Entertainment.

Parris and Laura Mae both make their Angelwalk Theatre debuts with tick, tick...BOOM!  Parris' credits include Cinderella and Joseph...Dreamcoat (Grand Theatre), The Tale of Ivan vs. Ivan - European Tour (Talk Is Free Theatre), Broadway Gold II (Rose Theatre), and A New Brain (Acting Up Stage).

Laura Mae's credits include: Margot in Legally Blonde: The Musical (Theatre Aquarius), Amber Von Tussle in Hairspray (Drayton Entertainment, Charlottetown Festival, and Rainbow Stage), Holly in The Wedding Singer, Chicago (Mayfield Theatre, Neptune Theatre), Beauty & the Beast (Arts Club).

Angelwalk Theatre continues its commitment to providing opportunities for emerging artists with an exciting team of desingers.  Lighting designer Andrew Smith makes his Angelwalk Theatre debut while returning Angelwalk Theatre artists, Alanna McConnell (I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change) and Michelle Tracey (Off-Broadway On Stage) will be responsible for the set and costume design respectively.

Andrew's lighting designs include The Light in the Piazza, Trouble in Tahiti (Shaw Festival); Footloose, The Little Prince (The Grand Theatre); and The Whipping Man (Harold Green Jewish Theatre / Obsidian Theatre).  Alanna's experience includes set design for Supperfesta! (Toronto Fringe Festival) and Into (Newface Entertainment), and currently is the Production Assistant at The Canadian Stage Company.  Michelle recently designed the set for Parade (StageWorks Toronto) and is the Production Intern at Tarragon Theatre.

Angelwalk Theatre is the only professional theatre company in Toronto dedicated to producing Off-Broadway style musical theatre.  Founded in 2009, the company has quickly established itself as a leader in producing musical theatre in Toronto and has been nominated for 11 Dora Mavor Moore Awards.  A proud member of the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA), Angelwalk Theatre is proud to be a resident company at the Toronto Centre for the Arts.

To date, Angelwalk Theatre has produced eight Off-Broadway style musicals, including: the world premiere of Off-Broadway On Stage, the Canadian premieres of I Love You Because... and Ordinary Days, the Toronto premieres of Altar Boyz and [title of show], two musicals by Jason Robert Brown, The Last Five Years and Songs for a New World, and the hit Off-Broadway musical, I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change.  Due to popular demand, Altar Boyz was later extended and remounted.


Runs:  September 21, 2013 - October 6, 2013

Opening:  September 25, 2013

Schedule:  Tues-Sat @ 8 p.m.; Thur @ 1 p.m.; Sun @ 2 p.m.

Tickets:  $25-$55