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Hairspray's Leanne Jones to Star in London Revival of Tick, Tick…Boom!

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Leanne Jones in Hairspray
(© Catherine Ashmore)
Leanne Jones in Hairspray
(© Catherine Ashmore)
Olivier Award winner Leanne Jones -- who also won the 2008 Whatsonstage.com Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her professional debut as Tracy Turnblad in the West End premiere of Hairspray -- will return to the musical stage to star in the Union Theatre's revival of Jonathan Larson's Tick, Tick ... Boom!, which will run at the 50-seat Southwark venue from May 19-June 5, with an opening on May 20.

Larson, the late American composer and lyricist best known for Rent, first conceived of this autobiographical piece about a frustrated artist approaching 30, in 1990 as a musical monologue, in which one man would perform the part of multiple characters. It was adapted for three actors by Proof playwright David Auburn and premiered in New York in 2001, six years after Larson's death.

The musical had its London premiere in a 2005 Menier Chocolate Factory production starring Neil Patrick Harris and was briefly seen in the West End last year in a Notes from New York season at the Duchess Theatre. For the new Union production, Jones will be joined in the cast by Ashley Campbell and newcomer Adam Rhys-Davies.

For more information, visit www.whatsonstage.com.


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