Actions speak louder than words
tick, tick... BOOM! is a musical with music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson. The work was partly autobiographical, although it was not produced until after Larson's death in 1996. The show is also partily a tribute to Larson's idol, Stephen Sondheim, with its plot driven similarly to Company. One song, "Sunday", is an update of a song of the same name from Sunday in the Park with George.
The show's main character is Jon, a struggling composer about to celebrate his 30th birthday. His best friend Michael, a successful businessman, encourages Jon to pursue a more stable, better-paying career. Jon's girlfriend Susan, a dancer working as a ballet instructor, is ready to settle down and start a family. In the middle of trying to get his own musical produced, Jon has to decide what he really wants to do with his life.
tick, tick... BOOM! provides examples of:
- Bath of Poverty: The song "No More" has Jon and Michael listing things Michael doesn't have to put up with now that he's no longer poor and has moved into a nicer apartment:No more taking a shower in the kitchen
While your roommate's eating breakfast
And you're getting water on his cornflakes!
- Homage: The show is a giant one to Stephen Sondheim, mostly obviously in "Sunday".
- "I Am" Song / "I Want" Song: "Why", which comes very late in the story.
- "I Want" Song: "Johnny Can't Decide"
- Most Writers Are Writers: Jonathan Larson wrote a musical about a composer named Jon who's writing a musical.
- Ode to Food: "Sugar" is a song that sounds like it's about picking up a prostitute, but halfway through, it turns out to be about buying Twinkies.
- Reclusive Artist: Jon, in-universe.
- Show Within a Show: Jon's musical, SUPERBIA.
- Wham Line: "I know I'm sick, Jon, and I'm not going to get any better."