Rick Miller’s Boom makes NYC premiere at 59E59 Theaters
January 15, 2020: Boom, written, directed and performed by Rick Miller, opened at 59E59 Theaters for a limited run through Sunday, February 23rd. The evening, produced by Kidoons and WYRD Productions, is a tour de force by an award-winning performer, who Entertainment Weekly called, “one of the 100 most creative people alive today.” In the show Miller performs over 100 politicians, activists, and musicians to create a moving retrospective of 25 turbulent years that constitute the “Boomer” generation.
The evening is a visually hypnotic masterpiece capturing the music, culture, and politics that defined a generation by looking at the politics of the time through the history of rock and roll and its counter-culture. The show’s 28 songs cover a wide swarth of music genres, from blues to country and from folk to psychedelic rock that brings an arena concert-like feeling to 59E59’s intimate Theater A. However, the story is told through a very personal lens: a relationship between Miller’s mother and an African American activist who escaped the Vietnam draft by fleeing to Canada. It’s their love story that serves as the thread that weaves through this complicated time in history.
The design team includes Yannik Larivee (set/costume/props designer); Bruno Matte (lighting designer); Creighton Doane (composer and sound designer); and David Leclerc (projection designer). The directing consultant is Ravi Jain. The production stage manager is Craig Francis.
59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison). Single tickets are $25 – $70 ($49 for 59E59 Members). Tickets are available by calling the 59E59 Box Office at 646-892-7999 or by visiting www.59e59.org.
The performance schedule is Tuesday – Friday at 7:00 pm; Saturday at 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm; Sunday at 2:00 pm.
January 9 thru February 23, 2020
Photos: Paul Lampert & Barry Gordin