Tick, Tick…. Boom! is set to make its Melbourne professional debut!

Tick, Tick… Boom! is a musical drama based on the life of composer and playwright Jonathan Larson, who wrote the hit musical Rent. It is set in New York City in the 1990s and explores Larson’s struggles to make it as a composer and find success and fulfilment in the cutthroat world of musical theatre. The film follows Larson’s journey as he balances his passion for creating music and his desire for success and fulfilment, while navigating the challenges and sacrifices that come with pursuing his dreams.

The film adaptation of “Tick, Tick… BOOM!” was directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of “Hamilton,” in his feature film directorial debut. The cast includes Andrew Garfield as Larson, alongside Robin de Jesús, Alexandra Shipp, Joshua Henry, Judith Light, and Vanessa Hudgens.

Jonathan Larson

Jonathan Larson was an American composer and playwright. He was born on February 4, 1960, in White Plains, New York and died on January 25, 1996, in New York City. He was best known for creating the hit musical Rent, which opened on Broadway in 1996 and went on to win several Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Rent was groundbreaking for its use of rock and roll music, its representation of the LGBTQ community, and its depiction of the lives of young artists in New York City. Larson’s death from an aortic aneurysm the night before Rent’s first off-Broadway preview was a great loss to the theatrical community. He is remembered as one of the most talented and innovative composers of his generation.

Before his passing, Larson had previously created the musical “Tick, Tick… BOOM!” which is another example of his exceptional talent.

Tick, Tick… BOOM! will have it’s red carpet opening at Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre on Tuesday 7th February before touring to Brisbane’s QPAC Playhouse followed by Sydney’s Lyric Theatre.

Tick, Tick… BOOM! had its first premiere Off-Broadway in 2001 and has since toured extensively, including a US national tour, a West End production, an Off-Broadway revival, and numerous international productions.


Australian audiences can expect a heartfelt and inspiring story about the pursuit of one’s dreams and the sacrifices and challenges that come with it, set to an energetic and catchy soundtrack. The Australian production is produced by Storeyboard Entertainment and stars Australian actor Hugh Sheridan as Jonathan Larson. 

Hugh Sheridan is an Australian actor, singer, and television personality. He is best known for his role as Ben Rafter in the popular Australian television drama “Packed to the Rafters,” which aired from 2008 to 2013. He has also appeared in several other Australian television series and films, and is recognized for his distinctive voice and energetic stage presence. In addition to acting, Sheridan is also a talented musician and has released several albums of his own music. He is widely regarded as one of Australia’s leading actors and has received critical acclaim for his performances.

Hugh will be accompanied by a number of talented performers including Elenoa Rokobaro, Finn Alexander, Sheridan Adams and Hamish Johnston.




Season Details

Venue: Comedy Theatre
Dates: 1-12 February 2023

Venue: QPAC’s Playhouse
Dates: 1-5 March 2023

Venue: Sydney Lyric Theatre
Dates: 20-23 April 2023

Tickets are available HERE.

James Kennedy

James is an arts journalist with a passion for all things musical theatre. James has been covering the world of theatre for over a decade, and his work has been featured in some of the most respected publications in the industry. He has a particular interest in the intersection of music, dance and storytelling, and is always on the lookout for new and innovative productions that push the boundaries of the form. James's background in music and performance has given him a unique perspective on the world of musical theatre. He understands the complexities of creating a successful production and can spot the talents of a rising star from a mile away. He is well-respected by his peers for his sharp writing and insightful analysis, and is known for his ability to bring the world of theatre to life for his readers. James is also an active member of the theatre community. He regularly participates in panel discussions and events. When he's not covering the latest shows, he can be found on the stage himself, performing in community productions.

James Kennedy

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