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tick, tick...BOOM! starring Hugh Sheridan to tour to Sydney


Hugh Sheridan to star in the revered off-Broadway musical tick, tick…BOOM! at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre

Due to popular demand, a limited Sydney season has been added to the Australian tour of the revered off-Broadway musical tick, tick…BOOM!

Starring Hugh Sheridan as Jonathan Larson, the iconic musical will debut at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre from 20 – 23 April 2023.

tick, tick…BOOM!, the autobiographical musical by the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning composer of Rent, Jonathan Larson, will travel to Sydney after seasons at Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre in February and QPAC’s Playhouse in Brisbane in March.

Just prior to the opening night of Rent, its creator and composer Jonathan Larson tragically passed away before the first public performance. But, before Rent, Larson had created another musical tick, tick…BOOM! and just like his Tony Award-winning smash hit, it was another piece of genius left behind.

The year is 1990 and a promising young composer is grappling with a career as an artist, whilst staring down turning 30 in New York City. Whilst being torn between fear and love, he faces one of life’s greatest questions… What do we do with the time we have?

As well as Hugh Sheridan starring as Jonathan Larson, tick, tick…BOOM! will also feature Elenoa Rokobaro (Rent at the Sydney Opera House, Anyone Can Whistle, Well Behaved Women) as Susan, Finn Alexander (Urinetown, Assassins, Aspects of Love) as Michael and Sheridan Adams (Cruel Intentions: The 90’s Musical).

tick, tick…BOOM! was developed into a film in 2021 by Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda inhis feature directorial debut. The film stars Andrew Garfield as Larson, alongside Robin de Jesús, Alexandra Shipp, Joshua Henry, Judith Light and Vanessa Hudgens.

It was named one of the best films of 2021 by the American Film Institute, and was nominated for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy at the 79th Golden Globe Awards, and Best Picture at the 27th Critics' Choice Awards. For his performance, Garfield earned numerous awards, including the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, as well as a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor.

Jonathan Larson was a much-loved American composer, lyricist and playwright most famous for writing the musicals Rent and tick, tick…BOOM!, which explored the social issues of multiculturalism, substance use disorder, and homophobia. After his unexpected passing at age 36, he received three posthumous Tony Awards and a posthumous Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Rent.

Whilst in his final year at NIDA, Hugh Sheridan was cast as Ben Rafter in Australia's highest rating family drama Packed to the Rafters and continued in the role for five seasons. Following this he starred in the Seven Network telemovie Never Tear Us Apart, based on Australia's most successful band, INXS, in Opera Australia / ABC musical co-production The Divorce followed by recurring roles on Channel 9 series House Husbands and Ten hit series Five Bedrooms.

Theatrically Hugh’s credits include, the sold out, one man show, Newley Discovered, at the 2009 Adelaide Cabaret Festival. He then took Newley to the Sydney Opera House and New York's Snapple. Hugh starred alongside Geoffrey Rush and Magda Szubanski in the Gordon Frost production, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and a national tour of Hair. After signing with Sony in 2010 Hugh released his first single Just Can't Throw Us Away which made an impressive #2 debut on the iTunes singles chart and was followed by his successful debut album Speak Love.

During his time on Packed to the Rafters Hugh received three Silver Logie Awards for Most Popular Actor, a 2013 Silver Logie Award nomination for Most Popular Actor, a 2011 Silver Logie nomination for Most Outstanding Actor, a Silver Logie Award for Most Popular New Male Talent and a Graham Kennedy Award nomination for Most Outstanding New Talent. Hugh’s theatrical awards include a Green Room Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and a Sydney Theatre Award nomination for Best Cabaret Production for Newley Discovered.

tick, tick…BOOM! first premiered Off-Broadway in 2001 and has toured extensively since including a US national tour, West End production, an Off-Broadway revival and numerous international productions.

tick, tick…BOOM! is produced by Adrian Storey from StoreyBoard Entertainment (Chess the Musical, Barnum, Follies, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) and directed by renowned director Tyran Parke (Chess the Musical, Barnum, Follies, Sunday in the Park with George) and with Musical Direction by Kohan van Sambeek (Cinderella, Aladdin, Wicked).

Storeyboard Entertainment presents:

tick, tick…BOOM!

Starring Hugh Sheridan, Elenoa Rokobaro, Finn Alexander, Sheridan Adams and Hamish Johnston.

Comedy Theatre, Melbourne

1 – 12 February 2023

QPAC Playhouse, Brisbane

1 – 5 March 2023

Lyric Theatre, Sydney

20 – 23 April 2023

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