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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 (127)

MEMBERS SAY:

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

87
Intelligent, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You like a one-man show with numerous impressions.

Don't see it if History bores you.

52
Overrated, Indulgent, Funny, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if The writer/actor/director is ambitious. If you want a history lesson, this is the show for you!

Don't see it if you want serious theater that evokes feelings

70
Resonant, Clever, Ambitious

See it if want a fun, interesting evening.

Don't see it if your not a baby boomer, or older.

86
Ambitious, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You enjoy one man shows and shows that tell history.

Don't see it if You prefer large casts

90
Funny, Entertaining, Ambitious, Delightful, Clever

See it if You are a baby boomer or not, you will enjoy being spun through the post wwII years by a multi talented, charming Canadian host.

Don't see it if you only want to hear the original singer's voice for many pop classics of these decades.

Also This is highly enjoyable time travel with beautifully presented projec... Read more Read less

65
Slow, Fluffy, Cliched, Quirky, Ambitious

See it if you are a baby boomer

Don't see it if you expect more than a quicky, personal summary that cannot help but be reductive.

90
Refreshing, Great staging, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if want a great historical, persona look back to the late 40s through the 60s, in the US and Canada with a great one man musical tour de force.

Don't see it if if you are are frightened, disturbed or annoyed by recalling the history of the Cold War, Korean and Vietnam Wars, and the music of the 60s.

95
Absorbing, Entertaining, Must see, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if Boomers travel a path reliving personal stories and influences! Open minded pre boomers & curious post boomers will enjoy! Rick is a force!

Don't see it if if you have no appreciation for the 50's and 60's

91
Ambitious, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Very innovative show, multi-talented. Very well received by the audience, especially baby boomers!

Don't see it if I don’t think anyone would not enjoy this show.

67
Cliched, Ambitious

See it if The songs bring back memories. The idea for the show is a good one and the solo performer seems to have the time of his life.

Don't see it if A little hackneyed. His history not always on the button. Too borscht belt for my taste.

79
Quirky, Intelligent, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You're boomer & want overview of ur history from another perspective. Great one-man production. There are two others for Gen x & millenia

Don't see it if You like thoroughly polished formal productions

75
Absorbing, Entertaining, Ambitious, Clever, Dizzying

See it if you appreciate hard work, imagination, high energy, creativity, learning some recent pop history, post show interaction with the creator.

Don't see it if you're not prepared for sensory overload, have no interest in Canada, bothered seeing how much streamlining and editing could improve show

During previews
96
Great use of projections and special effects, Great acting, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if Incredible performance by Rick Miller. His voice work is amazing, hard to believe he can impersonate so many voices. Enthralling, well done

Don't see it if you don't want to relive the 1950s and 60s, you don't like one man shows (although this was much more lively than usual solo shows).

Also I sat in the front row. A few rows back might have been better because... Read more Read less

During previews
49
Slow, Indulgent, Disappointing, Confusing, Banal

See it if you're in the mood for a vanity project. The history of the boomers is sketchy. Miller is a vocal artist rather than an actor.

Don't see it if you are not in the mood for a vanity project. Slow, too much information is thrust at the audience.

During previews
90
Great staging, Great writing, Great singing, Great acting, Confusing

See it if you want to experience 1945-1969 through perspective of Viennese, Canadian, and black American at various ages, regardless of your age

Don't see it if you detest the music of the 40s-60s, descriptions of interracial romance and sexuality, anything about WWII era Austrians, or one man shows

Also Rick Miller is an exemplary voice impersonator, singer, and actor. His... Read more Read less

During previews
60
Artistic emergency requires life support, Multimedia mishmash, Not what it’s billed to be, Flakey canadian cultural panorama

See it if You want to see a one-man team (not especially musical) take cynical cultural & political potshots at entire generation, its parents & kids.

Don't see it if You expect a set of 50s & 60s songs. Talented actor has good voice but is more insubstantial mimic than theatrical master. Dreadful panache.

Also This show is a complete mess.... Read more Read less

During previews
50
Disappointing

See it if You want to see a talented actor doing impressions.

Don't see it if I really wanted to like this show (I'm a big fan of impressions) but it is slow and lacks heart - comes off too much like a school project.

During previews
68
Great acting, Talented performer who was trying to mix together too much info, Confusing

See it if Received low grades for your historical project(even many years ago)and still want to fix it;can follow family line mixed with famous events

Don't see it if Want something that looks like a show,prefer more music and do not care about author's relatives(their stories were interesting)

During previews
68
Nostalgic survey of the baby boomer era, Excellent use of multi-media, Great acting, Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if Bravura performance of snippets from the 50s 60s & 70s with a Canadian slant. Told in the voices of his mom & uncle, who lived thru it.

Don't see it if ... you've had enough of nostalgic recollections of the baby boomer era. His next show will be about GenXers, then a third for GenYZ.

During previews
75
Resonant, Refreshing, Entertaining, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if You are a baby boomer and would like to travel down memory lane from 1945-1969 with a talented performer.

Don't see it if You plays with plots and don’t care for the history or music of that period.

Also I found myself thoroughly entertained and nostalgic as the boomer year... Read more Read less

During previews
74
Entertaining, Unique, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Fun

See it if Interested in a different & enjoyable approach to history, in this case 1945-1969. Writer/performer makes his points, at times with hammer.

Don't see it if Solo shows are not for you. Miller is quite the artist and the show clearly & admittedly means a great deal to him.

Also At my age, a lot of memories crammed into two hours (including intermi... Read more Read less

During previews
78
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if Boom is not just a one-man Show, but also a one-man band, Rick Miller did the writing/performing/directing. A lot going on, can use editing.

Don't see it if You don’t like the multi-media. Better sit in the back rows, it uses the vertical space a lot.

During previews
60
Slow, Indulgent, Disappointing, Banal

See it if if you know little about the history of the 40's across the 60's through the view of a Canadian.

Don't see it if If you expect to see a show in which there is a reason to have the show.

Also This show is like a mandated high school history project with gratuito... Read more Read less

During previews
91
Resonant, Intelligent, Great staging, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You are interested in learning about the 1940s-70 via the actor’s family history and the music of the times. A docudrama not to be missed.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy one person shows.

Also This was a poignant, well performed two hour show. I look forward to t... Read more Read less

During previews
90
Great staging, Dizzying, Clever

See it if you're a boomer, or you know one.

Don't see it if you hate good music and interesting true stories.


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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