Tick, Tick... Boom!
March 4 - April 23, 2022 / Fridays & Saturday at 8:00pm
Book, Music and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson
David Auburn, Script Consultant
Vocal Arrangements and Orchestrations by Stephen Oremus
tick, tick...BOOM! was originally produced off-Broadway in June, 2001 by
Victoria Leacock Robyn Goodman Dede Harris
Lorie Cowen Levy Beth Smith
Performances will run 90 minutes without an intermission.
For your safety, please do not get up during the performance.
Mature content. Viewer discretion is advised.
There will be flashing lights in this production.
(in order of appearance)
Jonathan - Grant McGowen
Michael & other roles - Ian Cole
Susan & other roles - Mikaela Holmes
Piano/Keyboard - Gamble
Drums - Musashi Albert
Guitar - Aldo Cardenas
Bass - Robert Cordy
Book, Music & Lyrics - Jonathan Larson
Script Consultant - David Auburn
Vocal Arrangements & Orchestrations - Stephen Oremus
Director - Grant McGowen
Music Director - Gamble
Stage Manager - Liliana Virgen
Choreographer - Mikaela Holmes
Sound Designer - Grant McGowen
Lighting Designer - Grant McGowen
Costume Designer - Grant McGowen
Projection Artist - Thien Vuong
Producing Artistic Director - Grant McGowen
Jonathan Larson (Book, Music and Lyrics) received the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for RENT. He also won the 1996 Tony Award for Best Musical and the 1994 Richard Rodgers Award for RENT and twice received The Gilman & Gonzales-Falla Theatre Foundation's Comendation Award. In 1989 he was granted the Stephen Sondheim Award from American Music Theatre Festival, where he contributed to the musical "Sitting on the Edge of the Future". In 1988 he won the Richard Rodgers Development Grant for his rock musical Superbia, which was staged at Playwrights Horizon. He composed the score for the musical J.P. Morgan Saves the Nation, which was presented by En Garde Arts in 1995. Mr. Larson performed his rock monologue tick, tick... BOOM! at Second Stage Theatre, The Village Gate and New York Theatre Workshop. In addition to scoring and song writing for "Sesame Street", he created music for a number fo children's book-cassettes, including Steven Spielberg's "An American Tail" and "Land Before Time". Other film scores include work for Rolling Stones magazine publisher Jann Wenner. He conceived, directed and wrote four original songs for "Away We Go!", a musical video for children. RENT, his rock opera based on "La Boheme", had its world premiere on February 13, 1996 at New York Theatre Workshop. Mr. Larson died unexpectedly of an aortic aneurysm on January 25, 1996, ten days before his 36th birthday. His music (including songs cut from his shows) is archived in the Library of Congress.
Grant McGowen (Director/Jonathan) is a Founder and Producing Artistic Director of Pinch 'N' Ouch Theatre. Some of his favorite theatre credits include: Venus and Fur, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, This Is Our Youth, Fool For Love, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Glengarry Glen Ross, Girls Life, Water By The Spoonful, Lobby Hero, Bachelorette, Speed the Plow, and Let's Make It. In 2020, he was nominated for Best Director, Best Cinematographer, and Best Editor in Atlanta’s 48 Hour Film Project. In 2017, he won Best Actor in the 72 Hour Horror Film Project. In 2016, he won Best Actor in Philadelphia's Project 21 Film Festival. As a playwright, his play “Wall Street Wedding” was honored “Best World Premiere” by ArtsAtl and was also nominated for the Gene-Gabriel Moore Playwriting Award. His play “Let's Make It” was honored “Best Plays of 2013” and has since been adapted to film. Atlantan Magazine has named Grant “20 Most Important People to Watch on Atlanta’s Arts Scene.” He currently teaches the Meisner Technique at Pinch ‘N’ Ouch Theatre. IG: gmcgowen www.grantmcgowen.com
Mikaela Holmes (Choreographer/Susan) is a bicoastal performer based primarily in New York and California, but has traveled the country and globe acting, singing, and dancing. A favorite experience was touring through Europe as a Soprano in France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Germany, and Austria. Previous theatrical credits include “Rent” (Mimi), “Aida” (Amneris), “High School Musical” (Gabriella), “Beauty and the Beast” (Belle), “Into the Woods” (Cinderella), “Grease” (Sandy), “Spelling Bee” (Marcy), “Footloose” (Urleen), “Company” (Jenny), “Murder Ballad” (Sara), “32 MM” (Voice 1), “Ragtime” (Ensemble), “Seussical” (Bird Girl), “Legally Blonde” (Serena), “Urinetown” (Ensemble), “Callisto” (Valentina), and “Un Mundo Hermoso” (Gloria). Postponed due to Covid-19: “West Side Story” (Maria). Mikaela has film, television, commercial, music video, modeling, directing, and choreographing experience, and is also a certified yoga instructor and yoga therapist. “Endless love and gratitude to my amazing family for their constant love and encouragement, and much appreciation for everyone who supports the arts!” IG: MikaelaRuthHolmes www.MikaelaRuthHolmes.com
Ian Cole (Michael) has been performing since childhood. He cut his teeth on the Atlanta music scene, singing alongside some of the finest local musicians. “If there’s a mic, I’m gonna sing on it!”Dreams were finally realized when the call to make amazing music with the illustrious InCrowd Recordings came. Since then, Ian Cole has been producing feel-good music for the masses! From The Impressions, to Parliament Funkadelic, to The Grateful Dead, Ian Cole draws influence from all over, and will continue to entertain for the foreseeable future!
Gamble (Music Director) has a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Georgia and a Master of Music in Music Education from Boston University, which led to a wonderful 9 years as a music educator, wherein they primarily served as a high school choral director. They also directed a cappella groups and middle school ensembles and taught a variety of classes, including AP Music Theory, Songwriting, History of Popular Music, World Percussion, Audio Production, Rock Band, and Musical Theatre Production. During this time, Gamble developed a teaching philosophy based on collaboration and student-directed learning, aiming to empower students through music. Not every student is going to be a musician for the rest of their life, but through music, every student can become a valuable, contributing member of society, standing up for their beliefs and inciting social change. In their new life as a full-time freelance musician, Gamble upholds the same philosophy in all their musical endeavors, whether it’s with grown-up students, professional actors and musicians, or the youngest and boldest students: children.There are a ton of things about which Gamble is passionate (tight harmonies, dissonance, sitzprobes, Beethoven, sashimi, and mint ice cream are just a few examples), and they approach these things with exuberance as well as a penchant for eagerly sharing in that joy. Gamble is most enthusiastic about making music with like-minded folks, devoting time and energy to the students who aren’t immediately successful, and working with transgender singers to find their voices. www.gingerbreadmusic.org
David Auburn's (Script Consultant) plays include Proof (Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award®, New York Drama Critics Circle Award), An Upset and Amateurs (EST Marathons) and Skyscraper. Films include The Girl in the Park (writer/director) and The Lake House. Recent directing credits include A Delicate Balance for BTF. His short plays have been collected in the volume “Fifth Planet and Other Plays” (DPS). His work has been published in Harper’s, New England Review, and Guilt and Pleasure; and he was a contributing editor to the Oxford American Writers Thesaurus. A former Guggenheim Fellow, he lives in New York City.
Stephen Oremus (Vocal Arrangements and Orchestrations) received the 2013 Tony Award for Best Orchestrations for Kinky Boots, for which he also served as Music Supervisor and Arranger. He received the 2011 Tony and Drama Desk Awards for co-orchestrating The Book of Mormon, as well as the 2012 Grammy Award for producing the cast recording. In addition to orchestrations for The Book of Mormon, he wrote the vocal arrangements and serves as music supervisor for the Broadway, National Tour, and London productions. Stephen is the music supervisor and arranger of the original Broadway production of Wicked, and of the subsequent productions of this hugely popular musical playing around the world. He was the music supervisor, vocal arranger, and orchestrator of Avenue Q, for the Broadway, off-Broadway, London, and the National Tour productions. He was the music supervisor, vocal arranger and orchestrator of the Broadway musical adaptation of 9 to 5, with a score by Dolly Parton. Stephen was co-producer, with Ms. Parton, for the Grammy nominated 9 to 5 Broadway cast recording. His other Broadway credits include All Shook Up, as music supervisor/vocal arranger/co-orchestrator; and High Fidelity, as vocal arranger. For the off-Broadway stage, Stephen has conducted, arranged and orchestrated tick, tick...BOOM! and served as music director and conductor of Andrew Lippaâ's The Wild Party at Manhattan Theater Club. He also was music director of Jerry Springer - The Opera at Carnegie Hall. Outside of New York City, he was the music director for the National Tour of Rent, as well as several productions of The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Stephen was vocal arranger for Tales of the City, a new musical which played at San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater. He was music supervisor and arranger of Signed Sealed Delivered - The Music of Stevie Wonder starring Chaka Kahn at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas and music director and arranger of Broadway Meets Country which featured Trisha Yearwood, Carrie Underwood, and Lee Ann Womack, in both New York City and Nashville. Stephen served as music director/ conductor for Rufus Wainwright's recreation of Judy Garland's legendary 1961 concert at Carnegie Hall, New York City; The Palladium, London; and the Olympia, Paris. He also was the music director and conductor for House of Rufus at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London. The Fox-Searchlight film Shame features Carey Mulligan singing Stephenâ's arrangement of New York, New York. He recently conducted the songs and provided additional orchestrations for the Oscar-winning Disney film Frozen, with music and lyrics by Robert Lopez & Kristen Anderson Lopez. Stephen is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, Boston.
Thien Vuong (Projection Designer) is a creative professional based out of atlanta that has worked professionally with New Media platforms through YouTube, Twitch, & Tiktok. Professional work includes cosplaying for Marvel and DC professionally, new media project with rising YouTubers on twitch with over millions of followers Ironmouse, Silvervale, and many others, creating RealTDragon a multimedia channel with over 100millions views. When it comes tonerdy aspects in new media Thien can be found working infront of the camera and behind the scenes establishing the foundation for many new age creators.
Music Theatre International (MTI) is one of the world's leading theatrical licensing agencies, granting theatres from around the world the rights to perform the greatest selection of musicals from Broadway and beyond. Founded in 1952 by composer Frank Loesser and orchestrator Don Walker, MTI is a driving force in advancing musical theatre as a vibrant and engaging art form. MTI works directly with the composers, lyricists and book writers of these musicals to provide official scripts, musical materials and dynamic theatrical resources to over 70,000 professional, community and school theatres in the US and in over 60 countries worldwide. MTI is particularly dedicated to educational theatre, and has created special collections to meet the needs of various types of performers and audiences. MTI’s Broadway Junior™ shows are 30- and 60-minute musicals for performance by elementary and middle school-aged performers, while MTI’s School Editions are musicals annotated for performance by high school students.