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Boom (WYRD Productions)

From 127 member  reviews
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 (127)

MEMBERS SAY:

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

78
Entertaining, Great singing, Great acting

See it if You would like to see an actor, singer, and musician who can very well imitate excerpts of songs and comment on 1960’s events.

Don't see it if You like a play with a story.

80
Entertaining, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you are a boomer or are interested in the history about what made the boomer generation. A masterful and versatile performance.

Don't see it if you are not interested in the boomer generation or you don't like one man shows.

82
Refreshing, Intelligent, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like an original take on a universal subject.

Don't see it if You don’t like one performer shows.

89
Ambitious, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Clever

See it if you want to see a mash-up of events from the baby boomer years with snippets of stories from 3 family members and recognizable songs/events.

Don't see it if you don't like fast paced one-man shows with snippets of images, music, ideas and real-life events; need full story with beginning/end.

Also Rick Miller is one very talented person. I thoroughly enjoyed the show... Read more Read less

84
Great staging, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You are a boomer and want to enjoy a flashback of songs and culrure over the years. Really enjoyable

Don't see it if If you dont like one man shows

76
Talented, Run through history, Quirky, Dizzying

See it if It’s an unusual one person show crafted around history from the mid forties through 1969 ( a bit post boom, no?). Fast paced & personal

Don't see it if Not a play, more of an overview combined with a revue

91
Resonant, Intense, Dizzying, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You can relate to the 40's, 50's and 60's, You like one man shows. You are interested in music, culture, history, and/or politics.

Don't see it if You can't relate to history, politics, and culture. You don't like one man shows.

68
Disappointing, Confusing, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if Like disjointed frenetic paced nostalgic visit through 1945-1969. Possibly better if you are involved with Canadian hockey and issues

Don't see it if Prefer insight or get confused by rapid changes of accents. Prefer longer sections of key songs of time and not in costumes that seem parody

89
Ambitious, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You like great writing, acting and surprises.

Don't see it if Your prejudice and up tight

87
Great writing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Masterful, Refreshing

See it if Fun experience, well crafted, multi-talented one man performance. Quick paced trip down memory lane- leave waiting for part 2 & 3 of trilogy

Don't see it if Don't like one man shows. Are of age where can't relate to or prefer not to indulge in unusual experience about 1945-1969.

96
Entertaining, Masterful, Refreshing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if Solo show; World history of Baby Boomer 1945-1969; skillful use of multimedia; super quick change among tons of characters; voice magician

Don't see it if You’re not into fun history lesson; 2 hrs with 15min intermission; no obvious plot, but with smart twist & surprise; personal & intimate

100
Thought-provoking, Riveting, Great staging, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you are excited about a unique theatrical experience about the baby boomer experience.Rick Miller a talented singer and commentator. Groovy!

Don't see it if you are not open to a multimedia meditation on the boomer years with songs, visuals, and personal stories of three unique people. I was!!!!!

85
Great staging, Great singing, Clever, Entertaining

See it if You are a baby boomer and want to be reminded about the music and events of your youth.

Don't see it if You don't like one man shows even when the performer is very talented.

75
Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Overrated, Great acting

See it if you want a history lesson in an entertaining format. His performance is amazing but play left me flat

Don't see it if if you have no interest in seeing a recap of history 1960 - 1980

85
Refreshing, Clever, Ambitious, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if Entertaining solo show by Rick Miller giving a history lesson of the baby boomers from 1945 through 1969. Rick performed numerous

Don't see it if Impersonations of many political and musical figures from that period of time. Kept me engaged throughout and certainly

Also One of the better solo performances I've seen. Looking forward to seei... Read more Read less

89
Great staging, Masterful, Intelligent, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You are a Baby Boomer, like multimedia solo shows, like pop culture.

Don't see it if you don't like solo shows.

86
Resonant, Clever, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you are a Baby Boomer or like to know something/more about them: lots of info given in a highly entertaining way. We had a great time!

Don't see it if you are not interested in social and political events between 1945 and 1969 or don't like 1-man shows.

Also One can feel that Rick Miller put a lot of time & effort into developi... Read more Read less

75
Intelligent, Great staging, Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if you want to relive the historical period of 1945 to 1969 through music.

Don't see it if you do not like one person plays.

80
Relevant, Great writing, Entertaining, Absorbing, Clever

See it if you want the story of one man's family that taps into the events of the Baby Boomer years.

Don't see it if you want an ensemble cast, or are not interested in reminiscing about the past.

45
Long, Simplistic, Great visuals, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you're 50+ in search of reassurance. This boomer overview pulls too many punches & skirts too many sensitive topics amid a multimedia fest.

Don't see it if poor impersonations of Janis Joplin and Perry Como stir your ire; the boiling down of history to TV commercials and musical clips goads you.

Also Memorable Quote: "Granny hated cowboys."

94
Ambitious, Intelligent, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You appreciate an imaginative performance by a talented artist. A fine review of history & culture in the Boom Generation. Very entertaining

Don't see it if Solo performance turns you off. You have no interest in the Boom Generation.

80
Masterful, Intelligent, Great acting, Great singing, Clever

See it if You want to see a very different type of show with one actor playing all parts which includes music in a historical perspective.

Don't see it if You are not into the baby boom generation. Really for an older crowd but young people might learn something from this!

95
Relevant, Must see, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You like one man show that is,filled with historical content, told in a most intelligent way mixed with music from 1945-1970.

Don't see it if You are not interested in a fresh,but relevant perspective view of history.

79
Great singing, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if You are a baby boomer or are interested in American and Canadian culture between 1945-1969

Don't see it if You are not interested in historic content about the USA and/or Canada, or dislike one man shows

Also Act 1 to me dragged a bit, but I enjoyed, and as a baby boomer, relate... Read more Read less

90
Funny, Great singing, Great acting, Clever, Entertaining

See it if A stage documentary delivers quarter century search of the baby boomer generation combing music,politics& culture in a very creative way.*

Don't see it if U don't want to hear 50s hits"Cold Cold Heart","Tennessee Waltz",or later"I Wanna Be Your Man".Enjoyed all 26 song snippets.

Also * Well written,performed and directed by the amazing Canadian Rick Mil... Read more Read less


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"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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