tick, tick…BOOM! cast announced

Visionary musical theatre writer Jonathan Larson (of RENT fame) passed away tragically 20 years ago but his work still resonates with audiences across the world. Today, Melbourne company Pursued By Bear have announced the cast for their upcoming production of his lesser known show, tick, tick…BOOM!.

Originally conceived as a one-man autobiographical ‘rock opera’ and then re-configured into a three-actor chamber musical, tick, tick…BOOM! depicts a struggling creative artist who wonders how much longer he can sanely balance his passion and goals with the stumbling blocks of life – relationships, jobs, money, doubts, fears.

Playing to audiences at Chapel off Chapel from 21 April, the show promises to be just the ticket Melbourne audiences need to celebrate the legacy of Larson, and will feature a cast and creative team that have been shaped immeasurably by his work.

Jon will be played by the enigmatic Luigi Lucente. Joining Luigi is Angela Scundi (Susan) and Quin Kelly (Michael). Mitch Roberts and Rebecca Hetherington will cover all three roles and act as on-stage vocalists. Brenton Cosier will act as a third cover and Assistant Director.

Paul Watson will direct.

For more information and to book tickets, visit pursuedbybear.com.au.

Check out the biographies of the principal cast below.

Luigi Lucente

Jon

Luigi Lucente is a diverse and dynamic young leading man – constantly in demand across stage and screen.
2015 saw Luigi play the leading role of Eddie Birdlace in the Australian Premiere of Dogfight (Neil Gooding Productions) at the Hayes Theatre Company, his performance earning much critical acclaim.
In 2014 Luigi garnered notable attention as Leo Frank in the Australian Professional Premiere of Jason Robert Brown’s Parade (The Collective), earning a 2014 TheatrePro Best Actor in a Musical Nomination. Luigi also spent 2014 performing in the 40th Anniversary Australian tour of Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show (Ambassador Theatre/GFO).
Luigi was also a grand finalist in the 2011 ANZ TRUSTEES ROB GUEST ENDOWMENT. He is currently playing the role of Tony in WEST SIDE STORY for Neil Gooding’s Packemin Productions at the Riverside Theatre, Parramatta NSW.

Angela Scundi

Susan

Angela is a graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA, SDA, 2006). Most recently, she appeared as ‘Lucinda’ in Into the Woods (Victoria Opera Company) .
Angela has been seen in the Australian and International tours of The Rocky Horror Show (GFO/TML/New Theatricals) performing as a Phantom, Magenta and Columbia.
For the Sydney Theatre Company Angela originated the role of ‘Ilsa’ in Spring Awakening and performed the part of ‘Suky Tawdry’ in The Threepenny Opera. In 2014 Angela was a Grand Finalist in the ANZ TRUSTEES ROB GUEST ENDOWMENT.
Angela can also be seen in the films Elevate (Crystal Screen Productions) and I Love You Too (Princess Productions). Angela was thrilled to be a cast member for the Sydney workshop of the new Australian musical The Happy Ending, written and directed by Kate Revz and Brent Hill.

Quin Kelly

Michael

Quin is a graduate of the Ballarat Arts Academy where he completed a Bachelor of Arts (Music Theatre) in 2015.
Highlights at the Arts Academy included Urinetown (Bobby Strong), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Trevor Graydon), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Neville Landless) as well as his self-devised cabaret Ballet Taught Me How To Be a Man.
Quin was also selected to sing in a masterclass with Broadway star Faith Prince. Last year, he had the pleasure of working with Nancye Hayes (OAM) on a new Australian work Riches, Romance and Rebellion.
Recently, Quin was the voice of Village Cinemas ‘Vpremium’ advertising campaign. Quin is currently performing in Saturday Night Fever (Tony Manero Cover) for StageArt. Quin has performed the role several times during its season.

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