Neil Patrick Harris to Star in London tick, tick. . . BOOM!

News   Neil Patrick Harris to Star in London tick, tick. . . BOOM!
Neil Patrick Harris will be ticking a box he’d previously left conspicuously empty when he stars in Jonathan Larson’s tick, tick…BOOM!, at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory.
Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris

Harris, most recently on Broadway in the revival of Assassins, was offered the role in its original New York production but was unable to accept because of filming commitments. So when Scott Schwartz, who was director for both that Off-Broadway original and the forthcoming London staging, offered it to him again, he jumped at it. The show will begin previews May 31 and open June 9 at the South London venue. Harris is best-known as the star of the TV series “Doogie Howser MD.” However, he has built a substantial career as a Broadway leading man, with credits including Cabaret, Assassins and Proof. He was also featured in Larson’s other musical Rent.

tick, tick…BOOM!, now adapted (by David Auburn) from a one-man show to a three-hander, is an autobiographical tale about the dilemmas faced by an almost-30-old struggling artist. The show was produced posthumously after Larson's sudden death.

Schwartz also directed Bat Boy off and Golda’s Balcony on Broadway. Joining him in the London creative team will be choreographer Christopher Gattelli — who recently worked on Altar Boyz in New York and The Baker’s Wife at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey. David Farley is on board as designer. And Colin Grenfell, a regular for Improbable Theatre and currently working on their Theatre of Blood at the National, will design the lighting.

The rest of the casting is scheduled to be arranged the week of April 18. The show is produced for the Menier Chocolate Factory by David Babani and Danielle Tarento.

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