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Tickets go on sale for the Canadian premiere of tick, tick...BOOM! starring Dean Armstrong from Broadway's RENT

Acting Up Stage Theatre Company presents the Canadian premiere of tick, tick...BOOM!, the only other musical written by the late Tony Award-winning composer, Jonathan Larson. tick, tick...BOOM! runs Thursdays to Sundays February 10 to 26, 2005, at the Poor Alex Theatre (296 Brunswick Avenue).

It is 1990, and RENT is still six years away from its Broadway debut. Jonathan, an aspiring musical theatre writer despondently waiting tables in order to pay the rent, is facing his impending 30th birthday with great distress. Jon's girlfriend, Susan, wants to get married and leave the city for a quiet domestic life by the sea. Jon's best friend, Michael, has given up acting for a high paying corporate job, bought a BMW, and is moving to the parquet wood floors of Uptown Manhattan. With fourteen songs, ten characters, three actors, and a band, tick, tick...BOOM! is a powerful and intimate look at facing a crossroads and holding onto dreams.

tick, tick?BOOM! stars Dean Armstrong (Broadway cast of RENT, Blake on Showtime's Queer As Folk) as Jonathan, Michael Dufays (Second City Touring Company) as Michael and Daphne Moens (Cabaret, New Yorker Theatre) as Susan. Director Mario D'Alimonte is joined by Musical Director Wayne Gwillim, Stage Manager Dot Routledge, Set Designer Frances Key, Costume Designer Alex Amini, and Lighting Designer Keith Hebert. Artistic Producer Mitchell Marcus brings the show to Canada.

Acting Up Stage Theatre Company is dedicated to producing intimate musical theatre productions in Toronto, cultivating a new generation of audiences through thought-provoking, contemporary works. tick, tick...BOOM! is the company's premiere production. For more information, please call (905) 881-6546 or visit

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