tick, tick... BOOM!

by Jonathan Larson
Directed by J. Damon Barnett, Jr.
Produced by Heather Schultz
Stage Manager Shelby Barnett

Production Kickoff: November 13, 2022

Audition: November 20, 2022

Performance Dates

Jan. 27, 28, Feb. 3, Feb. 4, Feb. 10, Feb. & 11, 2023 at 8:00PM
Feb. 5 & 12, 2023 at 2:00PM

Unless specifically noted, all roles are open to all regardless of race or ethnicity.

  • Jon – (M, 25 - 35, range A2-A4) A musical theatre composer facing his age as his 30th birthday fast approaches.
  • Michael – (M, 25 - 35, range Bb2-Gb4 ) Jon's roommate and best friend who previously was an actor and is now a marketing executive. This actor will double other roles.
  • Susan – (F, 20 - 30, range A3-D5) - Jon's girlfriend and a professional dancer. This actress will double other roles.

Before Rent, there was tick, tick... Boom!. This autobiographical musical by Jonathan Larson, the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning composer of Rent, is the story of a composer and the sacrifices that he made to achieve his big break in theatre. Containing fourteen songs, ten characters, three actors and a band, tick, tick... Boom! takes you on the playwright/composer's journey that led to a Broadway blockbuster.

His girlfriend wants to get married and move out of the city, his best friend is making big bucks on Madison Avenue and, yet, Jon is still waiting on tables and trying to write the great American musical. Set in 1990, this compelling story of personal discovery is presented as a rock musical filled with instantly appealing melodies and a unique blend of musical theatre styles.

Damon is an accomplished director in the central Ohio area. He previously directed The Laramie Project for Curtain Players and is very excited to be a part of the 60th season for the company. Most of Damon's experience in directing comes from Musical Theatre and tick, tick.. BOOM! has long been a dream show to direct. If you have further questions about his experience or vision for the show, contact him at j.damonbarnett@gmail.com.


  • Production Kickoff: Sunday, November 13, 2022, 6:30 pm
  • Audition: Sunday, November 20, 2022
  • Callbacks: Tuesday, November 22, 2022
    • 7:00pm


Production Kickoff, auditions, and performances take place at:
Curtain Players Theatre
5691 Harlem Road, Galena, OH 43021

Curtain Players offers an information session for each of its productions as a help for actors seeking roles, but attendance is not required to audition. The event is an opportunity for actors to become acquainted with the community theatre organization, to discuss the play with the director, and to ask questions about the audition process, rehearsal period, and production plans. Those interested in working behind the scenes are also invited to attend.

Curtain Players conducts open auditions for its productions. Roles are not cast in advance, and, unless specified otherwise in the role's description, are open to all without regard to race or ethnicity. Casting decisions are made by the director and a casting committee comprised of a member of the theatre board, a general member of the organization, and individuals of the director's choosing.

All auditioners are expected to prepare a 1-minute (approx.) cut of a song from a Broadway show that matches the style of the show. An accompanist will be provided so please bring sheet music in the correct key and clearly marked. Damon is happy to offer suggestions on songs if you reach out to him directly. Everyone will sing and then if needed, a callback audition will occur the Tuesday following auditions.

Requests for an early audition for tick, tick... BOOM! must be made no later than November 06, 2022.

Questions related to the audition process may be directed to production@curtainplayers.org.

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