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Boom (WYRD Productions)

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Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging

About the show

A solo performance that documents the music, culture, and politics that shaped the Baby Boomers (1945-1969). More…

From the show:

100 voices. 25 years. 1 man.

Rick Miller takes us through 25 turbulent years and gives voice to over 100 influential politicians, activists, and musicians. BOOM is a mind-blowing experience for audiences of all generations.


Member Reviews (126)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Clever, Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging
81
Avg Score

79
Frantic pace, Educational, Absorbing, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you'd like an unusual romp thru 25 yrs. RW re-creates 100+voices.Sweep of world & personal history. TED talk on steroids! Well-staged. Fun.

Don't see it if you want depth. No time to analyze import of events. Snippets of songs. Fun facts scroll on screen for ea yr. Some connections made to now

Also Rick Miller is exceedingly likable/ approachable. He conducts a short ... Read more Read less

86
Absorbing, Clever, Great staging, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You want to take a walk down baby boomer memory lane via the song hits and headlines, all brought to life quite well by one actor and film.

Don't see it if You have no interest in the music or social happenings of the baby boomer generation.

Also I was pleasantly surprised by this show. It was a LOT more engaging an... Read more Read less

76
Intelligent, Overrated, Funny, Clever, Entertaining

See it if If you like a show about baby boomers. Fun facts throughout show about each yr.

Don't see it if If you have no interest in the boomer years.

80
Thought-provoking, Clever, Resonant, Epic, Masterful

See it if Virtuosic impressions of 100+ politicians, musicians, etc. in an epic review of 1945-1979. Inspires you to ponder & "feel" the history.

Don't see it if Amalgamation of little snippets doesn't provide any analysis or depth... that's up to you.

87
Clever, Ambitious, Great staging, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you relate to or want to know what was happening in politics, work order, music and USA society between 1945-69. Energetic performer shines.

Don't see it if you expect a complete review of this period - this touches on many items but only briefly and rarely in any depth, using many projections.

81
Slow, Great acting, Great singing, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You liked the music of the baby boom generation (46-69), 1-person shows with on target impressions & singing, great projections, lived it!

Don't see it if Unfamiliar with or don’t care about boomers & their period, not into history or music, don’t like 1-person shows, superficial history

80
Interesting use of tech, Confusing, Clever, Dizzying, Ambitious

See it if You're a boomer or interested in history. The volume of information is astounding, Lots of events I never considered as placed in time.

Don't see it if In the nightly talkback the writer performer admitted to leaving his characters' relationships vague which cut emotional connection for me

81
Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Clever, Ambitious

See it if Imagine the breadth of three decades reduced to headlines presented in a fleet way from the mind of one man in impersonation and immersion.

Don't see it if Like most music snippets and experiences, the audience is tasked to engage on a collective, shared ride. Boomers will find frolic; others?

Also "We sent our boys over, they came back in bags/What cigarette do you s... Read more Read less

87
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging

See it if Going through events and music from the 1945-1969.

Don't see it if One man show and music that is play is like a sample piece. Not one whole song.

Also I was not sure if I would enjoy this, but I did. To me its was reviewi... Read more Read less

80
Ambitious, Great writing, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you'd enjoy a view of events from 1945-69 by a very talented performer. He does most of the voices and singing of a wide array of characters

Don't see it if you do not like one person shows although this actor takes on so many roles both physically and on video that it doesn't feel like 1 person.

Also Very ambitious undertaking but the creator/actor of the show does it w... Read more Read less

74
Needs to be more focused

See it if You want to see a one-man performance who not only sings but also does many other voices and impressions

Don't see it if You are expecting a traditional musical. This is more of a history lesson than anything

Also The performer did a tremendous job. It takes a ton of work to pull som... Read more Read less

75
Fun...for awhile, Unique staging, Talented actor

See it if You're a Boomer and want to revisit the cultural/musical/political events of your life through snippets, headlines, song excerpts.

Don't see it if Don't mind it's the Cliff Notes of history w no analysis. Everything flies frantically by and as such, benumbs.

79
Too long, Great writing, Great staging, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a very talented man run through the post war years thru the 60's, using a mix of video, reenactment and a few props.

Don't see it if You are not interested in the time period. You want any depth to the count 'up' to 1969. A little too much and then...

79
Superficial, Engaging, Fast-paced, Overly ambitious

See it if interested in film clips, projections,music & playwright's personal back story of his family's experiences in the years 1945-1969.

Don't see it if you want more than a superficial overview of the baby boom generation. That said, Miller is a very likable, talented performer.

Also I just wish he didn't try to cover so much material & dug a little dee... Read more Read less

90
Intelligent, Great staging, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Fast moving presentation by solo performer of social & political history 1945-69; individual stories of 3 Boomers as well as overall hist.

Don't see it if Don't like solo shows, history, projections.

Also Performer voices the 3 Boomers as well as some historical figures. Als... Read more Read less

80
Enjoyable, Great staging, Fast-paced, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you like a one-man show who does many voices/characters, sings and has boundless energy. Interesting effects.

Don't see it if you don't like one-person shows or you have no interest in anything that happened before 1970.

85
Relevant, Great staging, Great acting, Should see, Entertaining

See it if you want a show that seamlessly connects political, social and cultural history over a 2 and 1/2 decade period

Don't see it if you are a vacuous individual who believes the world began with your birth and the only "facts" are those you opine.

Also This is much, much better than I anticipated as Rick Miller does on st... Read more Read less

84
Twenty-five years of history go by in an entertaining blur

See it if You’re a baby boomer who paid attention to what was happening when you were growing up.

Don't see it if You get frustrated by hearing snippets of songs.

86
Original, Resonant, Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if One very talented man takes us thru the period of 1945 thru 1970 during the lives of his grandparents & parents from Europe, Canada & US.

Don't see it if If you don’t like seeing one person performing multiple characters, this won’t be your show.

Also Rick Miller is very talented and clever as he does multiple characters... Read more Read less

87
Ambitious, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like mid-20th Century history and are willing to give a one man show a shot

Don't see it if You don't think a white guy should play a woman or a black guy.

74
Quirky, Intelligent, Great staging, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if see this if you like solo shows; are interested in history; like multimedia presentations,

Don't see it if if you dislike solo shows and/or multimedia presentations; don't have some familiarity with US history from 1945-1969.

Also This was an interesting concept & impressive effort, but it just didn'... Read more Read less

70
Quirky, Masterful, Dizzying, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if a helluva a one-man show, but one where you don't actually have a sense of who the performer is, and what the point of the 100+ voices are.

Don't see it if this is a 3D history lesson, although not sure what the point or purpose is or who intended audience is.

Also Rick Miller shines his Canadian lens on the boomer years-- and he spee... Read more Read less

78
Dijointed, Original, Engaging, Dizzying, Ambitious

See it if history told through song, personal stories & exploration of current events. Nice use of projections. Miller is very talented and likable.

Don't see it if A bit all over the place--wish it went a bit deeper and used more of the music to tell the stories. 2nd act much better than 1st.

74
Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if You like shows that take you on a walk down memory lane

Don't see it if You want something fast paced and brief. I would have enjoyed it more of it weren't so long. It should have been split into 2 shows

82
Resonant, Great acting, Entertaining, Ambitious, Clever

See it if You appreciate great solo shows w music & an historical theme. He is so fluid as he switches through personas and songs. It’s bittersweet

Don't see it if You have no interest in the baby boomers and history. The sets and production we’re wonderful


January 15th, 2020
"Rick Miller's New Show Is Just OK, Boomer: Miller leads a multimedia trip across three tumultuous decades at 59E59."
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January 16th, 2020
"See 'BOOM' at 59E59 Theaters-Rick Miller's Powerful Multi-Media Journey"
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January 15th, 2020
"People, places, and things rush by, forming a double-time parade that never pauses to allow anything to sink in."
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January 15th, 2020
3/5 Stars. "Writer-director-performer Rick Miller uses footage, pop music and numerous wigs to make his point"
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