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MetroStage Tick, Tick, Boom

By • Nov 1st, 2007 • Category: Reviews

Listen to our review of MetroStage’s production of Tick, Tick, Boom [MP3 4:49 2.2MB].

Laura: This is the review of Tick, Tick, Boom performed by MetroStage in Alexandria, Virginia. Mike and I saw the performance on Sunday evening October 28th, 2007.

Mike: I had a great time at this show. It was just so full of energy and the story was encouraging and I really cared about what was happening to the people. I really had a good time.

Laura: I felt this show was good. It drew you in. A little Rent-esque, but I enjoyed Rent also when we rented that on DVD. I really had a good time.

Mike: Tick, Tick, Boom is a musical. Music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson. A pop rock musical about facing crossroads in life and holding onto dreams. It tells the story of Jonathan, a promising young composer on the eve of his 30th birthday. His girlfriend wants to get married and move out of the city. His best friend is making big bucks on Madison Avenue. Jonathan is still waiting tables and trying to write the great American musical before time and, unbeknownst to him, life, passes him by.

Laura: Jon, the almost 30 year old who is trying to write the greatest Broadway musical, was played by Stephen Gregory Smith. He did a good job. All three of the actors had really strong voices. Because it was an intimate theater, it did kind of draw you in. There were times when I thought he was looking at me, which is kind of an eerie feeling when you’re that close to the stage.

Mike: A note in the playbill mentions that Stephen Gregory Smith is 29 and this is kind of life imitating art. I turned 39 a couple weeks ago and I wanted to tell him that 30 is just a number! So chill, but I couldn’t do that. He had to learn that lesson himself. We all kind of have to do that. He did a great job. I liked the song, ’30/90′ that opened the show. It set the tone and getting us pulled into the show to see what was going to happen. And gave us lots of different situations that we knew we would have to deal with.

Laura: Michael, Jon’s childhood friend, was played by Matt Pearson. He had a lot of expression. His voice was a little bit soft, but it was still powerful. He had some really good dance numbers. He was real upbeat. It was fun to watch him and I cared about what happened to him.

Mike: I really cared about all the actors in the show. Michael did make an announcement that I thought was coming, but I wasn’t sure what it was and I did guess wrong what that announcement was. I also liked how easily Michael and Susan could become other characters on stage and that was nice not having to worry about a huge cast for a lot of small parts.

Susan was played by Felicia Curry. She had a lot of great songs. ‘The Green Green Dress’ early in the show. You got to see her playful side. Then the song that was later ‘Sugar’ was another fun song. At the beginning of that show I thought hey were going in a different way and I got sucked into that.

Laura: There was a live band at Tick, Tick, Boom. The four instrumentalists did a really good job. It was the Keyboard, Bass, Drums, and Guitar. They all four moved pretty fast.

Mike: The simple set gave the actors lots of room to move. They were constantly rearranging two metal folding chairs and the keyboard, which unfortunately did unplug once (one of those pesky little things that just kind of happens). Stephen Smith covered well for that small problem. I also liked the feel of the set. It had a couple levels and like Laura was saying earlier, you are right there on the stage level and if you’re sitting on the very front row, you are actually looking up at the stage, like at a rock concert.

Laura: The show did start a little bit late. It was about an hour and forty five minutes with no intermission. Tick, Tick, Boom is playing through November the 25th. Thursday and Friday at 8 PM. Saturday at 3 PM and 8 PM, and Sunday performances at 3 and 7 PM at Metro Stage in Alexandria, Virginia. I think you’ll enjoy this show.

Mike: If you like rock music, if you like new kinds of musicals, you will enjoy this show. The three characters are very engaging and you do really want to see what happens to them to see if Jon’s dreams come true or not.

Laura: If you’ve seen this show, please feel free to leave a comment on our website at We’d also like to invite you to join our free mailing list so you can keep informed of auditions and schedules going on in the Northern Virginia, DC, Maryland region..

Mike: And now, on with the show.


  • Jon: Stephen Gregory Smith
  • Michael: Matt Pearson
  • Susan: Felicia Curry


  • Keyboard: Derek Bowley
  • Drums: Jon Jester
  • Bass: Mike Kozemchak
  • Guitar: Steven Walker


  • Director/Choreographer: Matthew Gardiner
  • Music Director: Derek Bowley
  • Band Supervisor: Steve McWilliams
  • Set Designer: Adam Koch
  • Lighting Designer: Mark Lanks
  • Costume Designer: Sasha Ludwig-Siegel
  • Sound Designer: Matt Rowe
  • Stage Manager: Jessica Winfield
  • ASM/Follow Spot Operator: Dannielle Hutchinson
  • Master Electrician: Sean McNally
  • Carpenters: Brandon Guilliams, Lonnie Martin, James Mulhern
  • Scenic Charge/ Props: Kevin Laughon
  • Light Board Operator: Brandon Guilliams
  • Sound Board Operator: Kevin Laughon
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