14 February 2022 A co-production with the Fondazione Teatro Carlo Coccia in Novara to celebrate two masters of contemporary American musical theater, Jonathan Larson and Stephen Sondheim STM Live and Fondazione Teatro Coccia are pleased to announce the first Italian production of tick, tick… BOOM!, the musical by Jonathan Larson – author and composer of RENT – also transported in a film version, starring Andrew Garfield, a 2022 Oscar nominee for Best Actor. The show will be directed by Massimiliano Perticari and Marco Iacomelli with debut and tour in the 2022/23 season. Casting will take place on Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4 at the Teatro degli Arcimboldi in Milan.To download the announcement and book yourself for the audition, visit www.ticktickboom.it. PlotJon is about to turn 30 and is desperately trying to find a producer for his musical Superbia. Realizing he is no longer very young, Jon struggles to tolerate the years of repeated professional failures and realizes he does not want to go on living as a penniless artist. His fiancée Susan does not openly discourage him, but she wants something more from life and would like to have a family with Jon, but he cannot afford it. Jon’s frustration worsens when Michael, his longtime friend, abandons dreams of breaking through as an actor to pursue a more traditional and lucrative line of work. Jon prepares a Superbia workshop in front of numerous composers and producers, who greatly appreciate his work; however, none of them decide to invest in the show, and his dreams remain frustrated. Despite moments of discouragement, Jon makes peace with Susan after an argument, and the two decide to continue writing to each other. He also reconnects with Michael after discovering that his friend has tested positive for HIV. On the morning of his 30th birthday, he received a message from his idol Stephen Sondheim who had seen the workshop of Superbia and would like to talk to him about the future of the musical. Jon then realizes that he is loved and appreciated by his friends and colleagues and prepares to celebrate his birthday. tick, tick… BOOM! Text, Music and Lyrics by Jonathan LarsonText consulting by David AuburnVocal arrangements and orchestrations by Stephen OremusItalian libretto and lyrics by Andrea Ascari Directed by Massimiliano Perticari and Marco Iacomelli Musical direction by Simone ManfrediniChoreography by Daniela Gorella and Ilaria SussCostumes by Maria Carla RicottiScenes by Gabriele MoreschiLighting by Valerio TiberiSound by Donato Pepe Co-production STM – School of Musical Theater and Fondazione Teatro Carlo Coccia of NovaraIn collaboration with Civica Scuola di Teatro Paolo Grassi, CPM Music Institute, Hdemia di Belle Arti SantaGiulia, SAE Institute. tick, tick… Boom!is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com Bringing to the stage tick, tick… BOOM! means to present for the first time in Italy the show by American composer and playwright Jonathan Larson, one of the most innovative contemporary authors of musicals. Larson, who speaks in the first person in this autobiography, died at age 35, the day before the debut of his show RENT for which he would win the Pulitzer Prize.Artistic expression, foresight, and the Musical Theater’s inclusive vision enabled the prematurely deceased composer to win three Tony Awards, a Pulitzer, and the stigma that prevented the musical from bringing attention to social issues such as multiculturalism, drug addiction, and homotranssphobia.Addressing the same issues in Italy today with sensitivity and with the knowledge that we are doing so through a genre that continues to be associated exclusively with levity and entertainment is part of STM’s mission.