Louder Than Words: Joey McIntyre Stars in tick, tick Tour's Boston Run May 27-June 8

News   Louder Than Words: Joey McIntyre Stars in tick, tick Tour's Boston Run May 27-June 8 Boston native Joey McIntyre, once of the pop group New Kids on the Block, joins the national tour of tick, tick...BOOM! for the Beantown run, the final engagement of the limited 2003 tour.
Joey McIntyre
Joey McIntyre

McIntyre played Jonathan in the three-actor musical Off-Broadway in 2001 (replacing Raul Esparza), and takes over for Christian Campbell for the Boston engagement at the Wilbur Theatre May 27-June 8. The tour launched in January.

The staging, directed by Scott Schwartz, also stars Wilson Cruz as best friend Michael, and Nicole Ruth Snelson as Susan, Jon's girlfriend. An early, semi-autobiographical effort by the writer who would go on to pen Rent, tick, tick...BOOM! is about songwriter Jonathan's coming of age at 30, when he is faced with personal and professional choices.

Lyricist-librettist-composer Larson died on the eve of the Off-Broadway opening of Rent. He was 35. Seen Off-Broadway in 2001, tick, tick...BOOM! is, in tone and spirit, a sister show to Rent. Its original Off-Broadway players were Raul Esparza, Amy Spanger and Jerry Dixon (all preserved on a cast album).

The script consultant for the show was David Auburn, who helped put together various versions of scripts of the show. Larson himself performed the piece in 1990 showcases, back when the show was called 30/90, a reference to being 30 in 1990.

The musical "tells the story of a young composer on the brink of turning 30 and falling into oblivion," according to production notes. "His girlfriend wants to get married and move out of the city; his best friend is making big bucks on Madison Avenue; and he's still waiting tables and trying to write the great American musical. With 14 songs, 10 characters, three actors and a band, tick, tick…BOOM! takes you on the playwright-composer's journey that led to the Broadway blockbuster, Rent." Larson posthumously won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Rent.

There was talk in 2002 that McIntyre might star in the entire tour, but he got a job on TV's "Boston Public." Christian Campbell is the sweet-faced actor seen in the film, "Trick," and in Off-Broadway's Reefer Madness.

Tickets are $25-$60. For ticket information about the Boston run, call (617) 931-2787. Tickets will be available at the Wilbur Theatre Box Office, 246 Tremont St., after April 21.