Montreal, January 24, 2019 – The Segal Centre for Performing Arts is proud to welcome back Rick Miller for the Montreal premiere of BOOM X, a Kidoons and WYRD in association with Theatre Calgary and The 20K Collective production.
BOOM X is the second installment in Miller’s trilogy of shows designed to tell a big-picture story: 75 years of history in this corner of our planet. While BOOM explored the Baby Boomer era, this sequel tells the story of Generation X: the 70s, 80s, and early 90s. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, BOOM X rocks the Sylvan Adams Theatre at the Segal Centre from February 14 to March 10, 2019.
“One man. 25 years. 100 of the most influential figures.”
BOOM X is an explosive solo performance that documents the music, culture, and politics that shaped Generation X. The show takes audiences through 25 years, gives voice to over 100 influential politicians, activists and musicians, and is a mind-blowing experience for audiences of all generations.
Picking up where BOOM left off at Woodstock in 1969, BOOM X sees Rick time travel from 1970 to 1995, from the FLQ Crisis to the second Referendum (which were also the glory days of a certain Montreal baseball team…). Some classic BOOM characters reappear (Elvis gets fat, Lennon gets shot, and Reagan gets elected), but the focus moves from his mother to his own personal story. BOOM X once again blends cutting-edge multimedia, unforgettable characters, and tour-de-force storytelling into a truly unique theatre experience. The world premiere of BOOM X was presented at Theatre Calgary in January 2019.
“4 STARS! BOOM X is an immensely entertaining, high energy magic carpet ride with a real genie for a tour guide” – Calgary Herald
Shifting BOOM X to be his own story was a natural progression according to Miller. “In BOOM, I felt it important to capture the music of the time, but also the political, cultural and technological influences behind each song. The same principle applies to BOOM X, but on a more personal level,” says Miller. “I naturally have a fondness for the 1980s, the era in which I came of age. That’s when I developed an emotional connection to historical and cultural events, especially to music. At a very young age, I was able to imitate popular singers, and found the biggest payoff was to parody them, even though I secretly wanted to be one of them. By the end of BOOM X, just as a generation found its voice through music, I also found a voice of my own.”
“This is the sequel you’ve all been waiting for! BOOM was the surprise hit of the 2015-2016 season, and I’m stoked to have Rick Miller back at the Segal Centre and to see how he tackles my generation,” said Artistic and Executive Director Lisa Rubin.
“One of the 100 most creative people alive today.” – Entertainment Weekly
Rick Miller is a Dora and Gemini award-winning writer/director/actor/musician/educator who has performed in five languages on five continents. He has created and toured solo shows such as the hit sensation BOOM, MacHomer, and (with Daniel Brooks) Bigger Than Jesus and HARDSELL. With Robert Lepage, he has collaborated on Geometry of Miracles, Zulu Time, Lipsynch, and on the film Possible Worlds. As the artistic director of WYRD Productions and co-creative director of the Kidoons Network, Rick has most recently developed BOOM and its sequel BOOM X, and (with Craig Francis) Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, GAME of CLONES, Jungle Book, and Frankenstein; as well as animated series that educate, enlighten, empower, and entertain young people. He often teaches an interdisciplinary class at the University of Toronto called The Architecture of Creativity. Rick is from Montreal, and lives in Toronto with his partner Stephanie Baptist and their two daughters.
Tickets are on sale now at 514.739.7944 or at www.segalcentre.org.
WRITTEN, DIRECTED & PERFORMED BY
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Jeff Lord
LIGHTING DESIGNER Bruno Matte
PROJECTION DESIGNER Nicolas Dostie
COSTUME & PROPS DESIGNER Virginie Leclerc
MULTIMEDIA DESIGNER Irina Litvinenko
STAGE MANAGER & DRAMATURG Craig Francis
COMPOSER, SOUND DESIGNER & SET DESIGNER Rick Miller
GRAPHIC DESIGN Logograph
Produced by Kidoons and WYRD Productions, in association with Theatre Calgary and The 20K Collective.
February 14 – March 10, 2019
Previews: February 14 – 18
Regular Run: February 20 – March 10
SUNDAY @ THE SEGAL
An enriching pre-show lecture with Rick Miller.
Sunday, February 17 – 11:00 a.m.
Entrance is free.
TALKBACKS AFTER EVERY PERFORMANCE
A chance to chat with Rick Miller after the curtain goes down.
TUESDAY NIGHT LIVE – VALENTINE’S DAY SPECIAL!
*EXCEPTIONALLY TUESDAY NIGHT LIVE WILL BE ON THURSDAY!*
Due to the scheduling of this production, this social evening out which includes dinner, drinks, and a discounted ticket to see BOOM X, has been moved to Valentine’s Day for the perfect date night at the theatre.
Thursday, February 14
The Segal Centre for Performing Arts
5170 chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine, Montreal, H3W 1M7
TICKETS: $53 – $67
Group, Senior, Student, Under 30 discounts available. Subject to availability.
The Segal Centre for Performing Arts is a not-for-profit theatre company dedicated to creating, producing and presenting world-class English-language theatre and to showcasing the best professional artists from Montréal and beyond. A part of the community since 1967, the organization was reborn in 2007 as the Segal Centre and has expanded to become a nationally recognized venue for the performing arts with a focus on creation, innovation, diversity and cross-cultural collaborations. Driven by a belief in the power of the arts to strengthen and connect communities, the Segal’s programming emphasizes original interpretations of popular classic and contemporary works, new Canadian musicals and engaging productions with universal appeal. www.segalcentre.org