tick… tick… BOOM! is a musical written by the late and legendary Jonathan Larson. It’s a semi-autobiographical story that chronicles his struggles as he was trying to make it into the Big Time in New York City. This musical was originally performed by Larson alone at the piano with a rock band.
Jonathan Larson is much better known for his smashing success, Rent, which he unfortunately did not live to see. On the morning of its opening night, he died unexpectedly of aortic dissection, which must be somewhat rare because I’ve never heard of it that I can recall. Strangely, the heart problem is believed to be caused by a rare condition called Marfan Syndrome, which also happens to be the name of the rock band I had when I was in high school in 1969. The name was the singer’s idea.
Mount Vernon High School’s production of this show was a student-led and -driven activity. There were 2 student directors, but the cast says they talked everything through and reached a consensus on how the performance should go. In keeping with the original production, the musical was performed with a rock band and I played bass in the band, along with some fine players.
I had expressed an interest in getting a great cast recording of this show and this turned into a request from one of the directors to record backing tracks for the cast to use at festivals. So that’s how Euphonic Studio got involved with what music follows below. I performed and recorded all the parts for the last 5 songs of the show for them, and then we decided that we’d do the whole show, so I recorded all of the songs. We started to get vocals down on them on Friday, March 15, 2013, and I am hoping we can get them all done before this class graduates and dissipates into the world.
I am hoping that we can get the entire cast in to do this. If not, we have a backup plan, and we still may not get it done. But I hope you enjoy what I have posted here, and a huge thank you to the cast members for humoring me on this project. I had a blast working with you during the show, and this is just a fine way to memorialize your terrific talent!
Come to Your Senses
sung by Hannah Ganzel as Caressa
sung by Brandon Douglas as John