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Neil Patrick Harris to Star in U.K. Premiere Production of tick, tick...BOOM! logo
Neil Patrick Harris
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Neil Patrick Harris will star in the U.K. premiere of tick, tick...BOOM!, the late Jonathan Larson's autobiographical musical, which played Off-Broadway in 2001. The new production will begin previews at the Menier Chocolate Factory (53 Southwark Street, London) on May 31 in advance of a June 9 opening and is scheduled to run through September 3. It will be directed by Scott Schwartz, who also directed the Off-Broadway production.

Harris has appeared on Broadway in Assassins, Proof, and Cabaret; he also played the role of Mark in the Los Angeles premiere of Larson's Rent. Schwartz's credits include the Broadway production of Golda's Balcony and the Off-Broadway production of Bat Boy.

tick, tick...BOOM! chronicles the week leading up to the central character's 30th birthday. We see him dealing with his newly affluent best friend, a girlfriend who wants him to settle down, and a career that he feels is going nowhere. The piece was originally conceived by Larson as a solo show; after his death, David Auburn (Proof) and others refashioned it as a musical for three actors.

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