April 21 - May 1, 2016 | Chapel Off Chapel

tick, tick...BOOM!is a triumph, and further proof that great theatre doesn’t come from throwing money at it. Throw passion, and vision and integrity at it instead, and you get theatre that takes your breath away. Pursued by Bear have all three as a company and so they look for others who share their integrity.
— Stage Whispers

January 25, 2016 marks twenty years since the untimely passing of Jonathon Larson, the creator of the global smash-hit RENT. Pursued By Bear will be giving Melbourne audiences a rare and exclusive opportunity to experience a slice of musical theatre history and get to know the man who fatefully lived — and died — turning his dreams into a reality.

tick, tick… BOOM! is the autobiographical tale of Jonathon Larson; a struggling, young composer whose life seems to be going nowhere. About to turn thirty and still waiting tables for a living, Jon is desperately scared of his future. The pressure on Jon increases as his girlfriend announces that she wants to get married and move out of the city. To make matters worse, Jon’s best friend, Michael, has abandoned the Bohemian lifestyle and is now making it rich on Madison Avenue.

This musical depicts the composer’s journey from despairing and desperate struggling artist to successful author of the Broadway mega-hit RENT.


“It is the sound of one man’s mounting anxiety. I … am that man.” – Jonathon Larson

I was captivated from beginning to end. I doubt you will find a better portrayal of this autobiographical piece by Larson.
— Theatre Press

Director: Paul Watson
Assistant Director: Brenton Cosier  
Musical Director: Jessica Barlow

Jon: Luigi Lucente
Susan: Angela Scundi
Michael: Quin Kelly
Additional Vocals/Cover: Rebecca Hetherington
Additional Vocals/Cover: Mitch Roberts

Production Photos: Lissa + Laz
Headshot Photos: Lissa + Laz

LX Design & Operation: Jason Crick
Stage Manager: Hayley Sorel

Keys: Byron Bache
Drums: Tom Doublier
Guitar: Caleb Garfinkel
Bass: Gen Campbell

Marketing Manager: Mark Taylor
Marketing Assistant: Claire Frost

Go see it if you like musicals, go see it for an emotional ride, but most of all go and see it because it will make you want to pursue your passions with the same fervour as Jon and Jonathan did.
— Aussie Theatre