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"Notes From New York" to include four songs from Tick Tick Boom by Jonathan Larson
It has been announced that Notes From New York, a celebration of contemporary US musical theatre, which will be at The Donmar Warehouse Theatre for one performance, Sunday 7 March 2004, will include four songs from Tick Tick Boom, the only other show by the late Jonathan Larson, composer of Broadway musical Rent
Having originally been produced in New York in 1991, Tick Tick Boom has yet to receive a UK staging, the international rights having been closely controlled by the Larson Estate with various interested parties reportedly refused the opportunity to produce on the grounds that their proposals for the show weren’t suitable.
“We’re delighted that the Larson Estate have granted us permission to use songs from Jonathan’s Tick Tick Boom,” says David Randall, the director of Notes from New York. “It’s a real coup for us to have secured the rights to this material and both the performers and the creative team are looking forward to presenting the work in front of a UK audience for the very first time. Those familiar with Jonathan’s work will know what an extremely exciting prospect this is. Larson virgins, prepare to be blown away.”
Tick Tick Boom tells the story of Jonathan Larson’s life and the four songs from the show that will feature in Notes from New York are "Johnny Can’t Decide", a tribute to Jonathan’s career choices as a struggling composer, the rather aptly entitled "Sunday", an inspired inversion of his mentor Stephen Sondheim’s song of the same name from Sunday in the Park with George, the female tour de force "Come to Your Senses" and the show’s anthem, "Louder Than Words", all of which are reminiscent of his eclectic score to Rent.
Staged in an intimate cabaret setting, the show will also feature a number of UK and European premieres of songs by William Finn in addition to rarely performed material from Finn’s extensive back catalogue and the repertoire of Jason Robert Brown.
The cast includes: Debbie Kurup, Paul Spicer, Julie Atherton , Craig Purnell