Miss Saigon's Tony-winning star Lea Salonga, Kiss Me, Kate's Marin Mazzie and Saturday Night Fever's Paige Price attended the opening night peformance of Jonathan Larson's tick, tick...BOOM! June 13 at the Jane Street Theatre. Mazzie was a personal friend of Larson's from their days together at the Barn Theatre in Michigan.
Larson's tick, tick...BOOM!, his unproduced intimate show that first emerged in 1990 makes its world premiere five years after the unexpected death of 35-year-old Larson, who did indeed make his mark on musical theatre with the Pulitzer Prize-winning Rent. Raúl Esparza (The Rocky Horror Show) plays Jonathan the songwriter, who is writing but also waiting tables. Amy Spanger (Kiss Me, Kate) is his girlfriend (and other characters) and Jerry Dixon is his friend (and others) in the Off Broadway debut of the semi-autobiographical rock-and-pop-driven musical, which began performances May 23 in Manhattan. The show is said to be a quirky take on Larson's life rather than strict autobiography. Scott Schwartz (Bat Boy, Jane Eyre) directs.