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Tick Tick Boom closes one week early

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

IT HAS just been announced that Tick Tick Boom will close one week early - on August 28, 2005.

This is because current star Christian Campbell, like his predecessor Neil Patrick Harris, must return to the United States to fulfill filming commitments.

Previously Posted: Star of Tick Tick Boom, Neil Patrick Harris leaves the cast on July 10, 2005, to fulfill filming commitments in the USA for a new TV series, How I Met Your Mother which will co-star Alyson Hannigan.

He will be replaced by fellow American, Christian Campbell who has performed the role of Jonathan on Broadway.

Previously Posted: On June 9, 2005, south London's Menier Chocolate Factory will host the European premiere of Jonathan Larson's posthumously produced autobiographical musical, Tick Tick Boom, which will run for a limited season only - until September 3, 2005.

Larson also wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning Rent which has been running on Broadway since 1996. Sadly, Larson never saw the show open. On January 25, the night of its first Off-Broadway preview, he died of an aortic aneurysm, aged just 35.



The show, however, went on to win four Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and was seen around the world.

Tick Tick Boom, which premiered in New York in 2001, is about a success-starved artist - Jonathan - who is fast (and frustratedly) approaching 30. In fact, it's the very week of his birthday.

His girlfriend wants to get married and move out of the city - Tick.

His best friend has bought a BMW and is moving uptown - Tick.

And Jonathan's waiting on tables, at the same time, attempting to write the great American musical. Pressure mounts when he must decide whether to hold on to his dreams or sell out for money - Boom.

Although originally conceived as a musical monologue, proof playwright, David Auburn, has adapted Tick Tick Boom into a three-hander.

Neil Patrick Harris (pictured) will play Jonathan in the Menier production. He has recently starred in Assassins, Proof and Cabaret on Broadway but other stage credits include Romeo and Juliet, Sweeney Todd and Rent.

He is though, probably best-known for his part in TV's Doogie Howser MD. While film credits include The Next Best Thing, Starship Troopers and The Proposition.

Scott Schwartz who was responsible for the original Off-Broadway production, will direct.

Further casting is expected shortly.


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