tick, tick…BOOM! – CAST ANNOUNCEMENT
Twenty years following the tragic death of RENT composer Jonathon Larson, Pursued by Bear are giving Melbourne audiences a rare and exclusive opportunity to experience a slice of musical theatre history. This is a chance to get to know the man who fatefully lived — and died — turning his dreams into a reality.
Originally conceived as a one-man autobiographical ‘rock opera’ and then re-configured into a three-actor chamber musical, tick, tick…BOOM! depicts a struggling creative artist who wonders how much longer he can sanely balance his passion and goals with the stumbling blocks of life – relationships, jobs, money, doubts, fears.
Aside from Larson himself, actors who have portrayed the role of Jon include Raul Esparza, Neil Patrick Harris and most recently, Lin-Manuel Miranda. In Pursued by Bear’s upcoming season at Chapel Off Chapel Jon will be played by the enigmatic Luigi Lucente. Joining Luigi is Angela Scundi (Susan) and Quin Kelly (Michael).
Mitch Roberts and Rebecca Hetherington will cover all three roles and act as on-stage vocalists. Brenton Cosier will act as a third cover and Assistant Director.
Directed by Paul Watson, tick, tick…BOOM! plays at Chapel Off Chapel from 21 April – 1 May, 2016 for nine shows only.
Tickets are on sale 9am Monday 22 February.
Luigi Lucente – JON
Luigi Lucente is a diverse and dynamic young leading man – constantly in demand across stage and screen. 2015 saw Luigi play the leading role of Eddie Birdlace in the Australian Premiere of DOGFIGHT (Neil Gooding Productions) at the Hayes Theatre Company, his performance earning much critical acclaim.
In 2014 Luigi garnered notable attention as Leo Frank in the Australian Professional Premiere of Jason Robert Brown’s PARADE (The Collective), earning a 2014 Theatre People Pro Choice Best Actor in a Musical Nomination. Luigi also spent 2014 performing in the 40th Anniversary Australian tour of Richard O’Brien’s THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW (Ambassador Theatre/GFO).
He has appeared as Pippin in PIPPIN (Magnormos – 2013 Theatre People Pro Choice Best Actor in a Musical Nomination), Leon Czolgosz in ASSASSINS (Watch This), Jamie in THE LAST FIVE YEARS (Theatreworks), WICKED (GFO), JERSEY BOYS (Newtheatricals/Dodgers) and GUYS & DOLLS (Ambassador/Donmar). Luigi was also a grand finalist in the 2011 ANZ TRUSTEES ROB GUEST ENDOWMENT.
Other stage appearances include STEPHEN SCHWARTZ – IN CONVERSATION, TWISTED BROADWAY and THE SONGS OF CY COLEMAN & AN EVENING WITH LANCE HORNE. In addition to his extensive concert work, Luigi also spent time touring as the Tenor soloist for the VICTORIAN CONCERT ORCHESTRA.
Screen credits include key roles in the US mini series THE PACIFIC, WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THAT GUY, NEIGHBOURS and the upcoming feature film MORMON YANKEES.
Also an avid musician and songwriter, in 2014 Luigi created a unique one-man cabaret entitled JIM MORRISON: KALEIDOSCOPE. Directed by Nicholas Christo, it features Luigi himself at the piano as the show journeys through the mind of the infamous frontman of The Doors. KALEIDOSCOPE has played to sell out audiences and rave reviews across the country.
Luigi is currently playing the role of Tony in WEST SIDE STORY for Neil Gooding’s Packemin Productions at the Riverside Theatre, Parramatta NSW.
Angela Scundi – SUSAN
Angela is a graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA, SDA, 2006). Most recently, she appeared as ‘Lucinda’ in INTO THE WOODS (Victoria Opera Company). Angela has been seen in the Australian and International tours of THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW (GFO/TML/New Theatricals) performing as a Phantom, Magenta and Columbia.
For the Sydney Theatre Company Angela originated the role of ‘Ilsa’ in SPRING AWAKENING and performed the part of ‘Suky Tawdry’ in THE THREEPENNY OPERA. For the Production Company highlights include roles in both THE BOYFRIEND and THE PRODUCERS. Angela also appeared as ‘Cindy-Lou’ in THE MARVELLOUS WONDERETTES (Monster Media) and in NO REGRETS –A TRIBUTE TO EDITH PIAF (Singtheatre – Singapore). Her theatre credits include ‘Cherry’ in CHERRY SMOKE (Sol III Productions) and ‘Catherine’ in A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE (Timber Productions). In 2014 Angela was a Grand Finalist in the ANZ TRUSTEES ROB GUEST ENDOWMENT.
Angela can also be seen in the films ELEVATE (Crystal Screen Productions) and I LOVE YOU TOO (Princess Productions). Angela was thrilled to be a cast member for the Sydney workshop of the new Australian musical THE HAPPY ENDING, written and directed by Kate Revz and Brent Hill.
Quin Kelly – MICHAEL
Quin is a graduate of the Ballarat Arts Academy where he completed a Bachelor of Arts (Music Theatre) in 2015.
Highlights at the Arts Academy included Urinetown (Bobby Strong), THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE (Trevor Graydon), THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD (Neville Landless) as well as his self-devised cabaret BALLET TAUGHT ME HOW TO BE A MAN.
Quin was also selected to sing in a masterclass with Broadway star Faith Prince. Last year, he had the pleasure of working with Nancye Hayes (OAM) on a new Australian work RICHES, ROMANCE AND REBELLION.
Recently, Quin was the voice of Village Cinemas ‘Vpremium’ advertising campaign. Quin is currently performing in SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER (Tony Manero Cover) for StageArt. Quin has performed the role several times during its season.