Sunday, May 16, 2021

review - TICK, TICK....BOOM! - Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre

Bailey Gorman, Hayden Skaggs, and Cate Carlino 
photo by Renee Ashlock
highlights from local critics reviews - (click link at bottom of each review to read complete review)

Click here for more information on this production that runs through May 16

"... (Rent) composer Jonathan Larson...never saw the success of the musical since he died at the age of 35 from an aortic dissection the night before the show had its first Off-Broadway...Larson left behind many unfinished songs and musicals including...Tick, Tick…Boom!...Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre is concluding a two-week run of the show in a fairly successful production with two different casts of young performers taking on this challenging show that tackles the fear of growing older and of being under constant pressure to succeed....Directors Mark and Lynzee 4man have found a wonderful trio of local young actors to depict the three friends in the show and their direction, staging and the energy of the cast result in an emotionally vibrant production....As Jonathan, Hayden Skaggs brings a heightened sense of urgency to this role of the frustrated and unsuccessful artist who is constantly anxious and almost always on the edge. Skaggs is also vulnerable, charming and funny as Jonathan, with a sweet, but mature, singing voice....a musical about a group of friends, one man's life before success, the struggle of chasing your dreams without having to detour from them, and a beautiful reminder of what can be accomplished when someone is talented and determined. It’s fortunate Jonathan Larson didn’t give up on his dreams but the show is also a heartbreaking reminder of what Larson could have accomplished if he’d only lived."   -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

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