Quest to Save Mom Becomes Fantastical in New Musical Tock Tick, Feb. 5

News   Quest to Save Mom Becomes Fantastical in New Musical Tock Tick, Feb. 5
Prospect Theater Company conjures the world premiere of the musical Tock Tick, a fantasy-steeped tale about a daughter's quest to save her mother, Feb. 5-March 4 in Manhattan.
Robby Sharpe and Jennifer Blood in the world premiere of Tock Tick.
Robby Sharpe and Jennifer Blood in the world premiere of Tock Tick. Photo by Carol Rosegg

With book and lyrics by Tim Nevits and music by Gihieh Lee, Tock Tick, which began previews Feb. 3, "tells a whimsical and touching tale of a child coming to terms with the loss of a parent," according to Prospect. "Twelve-year-old Chelsea Tickerman's mother has cancer. As the clock in the front hall steadily marks each passing moment, Chelsea can see the dragon of her mother's death, hovering. In a bold move, she embarks on a fantastical quest to slay this dragon and save her mother. Along the way, encounters with scientists, seagulls, interstellar gondoliers, and finally the clocksmith at the center of the universe bring Chelsea to a new understanding of life, death, and the nature of time. Along with its sophisticated and innovative musical voice, Tock Tick uses movement, inventive costumes and puppetry to both move and delight."

The musical is suitable for ages nine and up. Tim Nevits and Gihieh Lee share story credit.

Tock Tick is directed by Jackson Gay, whose recent credits include The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow at the Atlantic Theater. Music director is Matt Vinson, with orchestrations by Gihieh Lee and Daniel Feyer.

The design team includes Aleksandra Maslik (sets), Kate Cusack (costumes), Cat Tate (lights) and Daniel Erdberg (sound).

The cast features Jennifer Blood as Chelsea (recently of Prospect's The Flood, as well as the Mint Theater Company's Susan and God), David Abeles (The Pursuit of Persephone), Maria Couch (Iron Curtain), David Foley Jr. (The Book of the Dun Cow), Christopher Graves (The Taxi Cabaret), Melissa Hart (Broadway's Georgy, Tony nomination, Candide, The Scarlet Pimpernel), Joshua Landay, Mark Mozingo, Robby Sharpe (The Pursuit of Persephone and The Book of the Dun Cow) and Laura Beth Wells. Tim Nevits is a Cleveland native who received his B.A. in Theatre Studies from Wright State University, and his M.F.A. in Musical Theater Writing from New York University. He was also a 2001-2002 Jonathan Larson Musical Theatre Writing Fellow with the Dramatist Guild. His previous projects have included The Weather (music by Ivy Hardy), The Wallowhat and the Pinchay (music by Von DeGuzman), Homestead (music by Georgiana Gomez), and 1913: The Great Dayton Flood (co-authored with Dr. W. Stuart McDowell).

Gihieh Lee's credits include Disorder: A Mother-Daughter Vaudeville (with Katie Baldwin and Julianne Davis), Songs of Innocence and Experience (with William Finn), Songs from an Unmade Bed (with Mark Campbell), Shakespeare: The Remix (with Aaron Jafferis) and Spamlet (with Anton Dudley). Vocal arrangement credits include Elegies: A Song Cycle by William Finn. Korean translation credits include Man of La Mancha; The Producers; Amour; I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change. She earned an M.F.A at The Tisch School of the Arts, NYU.

Performances play West End Theatre (at the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew), 263 West 86th Street, between Broadway and West End.

Show times are Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 PM with matinee performances on Sundays at 3 PM. There are additional performances Feb. 5 at 8 PM, Feb. 21 and 28 at 8 PM and March 3 at 2 PM. Ticket prices are $20 for adults and $16 for students, which can be purchased in advance by calling (212) 352-3101 or by visiting

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