Boom (WYRD Productions)
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Boom (WYRD Productions)
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Boom (WYRD Productions) NYC Reviews and Tickets

81%
(127 Reviews)
Positive
87%
Mixed
12%
Negative
1%
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).

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Member Reviews (127)

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962 Reviews | 338 Followers
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 Read more

897 Reviews | 374 Followers
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. Read more

878 Reviews | 218 Followers
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.

706 Reviews | 200 Followers
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.

691 Reviews | 212 Followers
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.

713 Reviews | 119 Followers
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

657 Reviews | 147 Followers
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

567 Reviews | 146 Followers
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? Read more

Critic Reviews (8)

Theatermania
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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BroadwayWorld
January 16th, 2020

"See 'BOOM' at 59E59 Theaters-Rick Miller's Powerful Multi-Media Journey"
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Lighting & Sound America
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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New York Stage Review
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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New York Stage Review
January 15th, 2020

3/5 Stars. "Multi-tasking Canadian star and Gen Xer Rick Miller channels baby boomers and their icons, in words and music"
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TheaterScene.net
January 22nd, 2020

"Covering the music, politics and social trends of the baby boomer age, Miller cleverly uses lights and projections in real time, making lightning fast yet seemingly effortless transitions between characters. His impersonations are as detailed and enjoyable as the characters he's portraying."
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Theater Pizzazz
January 15th, 2020

"So much information flashes by…that it's impossible to absorb it all, or to get much more out of it than a potted version of the times...Boomer or not…there's no avoiding the fact that, on purely technical grounds, you'll experience Rick Miller detonating an H-Bomb of talent in 'Boom.'"
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Front Row Center
February 21st, 2020

Score: 85%. "An interesting Canadian perspective of American events during the Baby Boomer years that leaves a dizzying exhausting effect and many questions and stories unfinished."
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