Canterbury Summer Theatre Presents Musical ‘Tick, Tick…Boom’

Canterbury Summer Theatre presents the area premiere of the musical comedy, Tick, Tick…Boom!, created by Jonathan Larson, the writer-composer of the Broadway phenomenon, Rent. The production runs July 18-28 at Canterbury Theatre, located at 807 Franklin St.

Tick, Tick…Boom! was originally written as an autobiographical monologue with rock music, performed by Larson himself, and reflected his disappointment with the poor response to an earlier musical that he had composed.

After Larson’s unexpected death at the age of 35, on the eve of Rent’s opening, his solo piece was reworked by playwright, David Auburn, best known for his play, Proof, and arranger, Stephen Oremus, into a three-character musical, and it premiered Off-Broadway in 2001.

Since then, the show has had a Off-West End production, a West End production, an American national tour, two Off-Broadway revivals in 2014 and 2016, and numerous local and international productions.

Tick, Tick… Boom! is the story of Jon, a composer, and the sacrifices that he faces to achieve his big break in theatre.

His girlfriend, Susan, wants to get married and move out of the city; his best friend, Michael, 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.

The cast for Tick, Tick…Boom! is led by Canterbury veteran, Jesse Kortus, along with Rosa Campbell and Andrew Palmintier.

Kortus has appeared in previous seasons on the Canterbury stage in Boeing Boeing, First Date and Tenderly–The Rosemary Clooney Musical, as well as The Turn of the Screw, for which he won a national acting award presented at the Kennedy Center.

In their first season at Canterbury, Campbell and Palmintier are both currently studying theatre at Northwestern State University. Campbell was seen earlier this season in The Bikinis and Graceland, while Palmintier appeared in the latter production, as well as “End of the Rainbow.” He also serves as choreographer for Tick, Tick…Boom!

The production is staged by Canterbury music director, John Berst. He is Director of Musical Theatre at the University of New Hampshire, and directed last season’s production of Love, Linda–The Life of Mrs. Cole Porter. Berst has worked throughout the U.S. and Canada as a professional actor, director and music director.

Scenic design is handled by Michael Rogers.The lighting designer is Adam Whisman, with costuming by Lari Leber. Allison Claggett is production stage manager.

Canterbury performances are at 2:00 PM on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7:30 pm on Fridays, and Saturdays at 6:30 pm. Ticket prices are $16.00-$17.00, with discounts for seniors and students. To reserve tickets, call (219) 874-4269 or e-mail

Canterbury Summer Theatre, one of the Midwest’s oldest professional summer companies, is produced under the auspices of the Canterbury Guild, a nonprofit arts organization, which also manages the Canterbury Winter Arts Series, as well as monthly Open Mic Nights for area performers.      

Sue Baxter