The Watch List: Boom

by Lindsay Shapka in ,


I recently had the chance to attend an opening night of the one-man stage show Boom, and it was one of the most amazing shows that I have seen in a long time. Now, theatre is not always my cup of tea. I usually enjoy musicals, but I find a lot of plays boring, or feel like it's trying too hard to get laughs or tears. (Sorry to all you theatre lovers out there!)

Why did I go then, you ask? I got free tickets because of my job and decided to use them — and am I ever glad I did! 

I didn't know what to expect when I sat down in the sold-out theatre. A one-man show? Not the safest pick for someone who isn't normally a fan of the stage. But from the minute the curtain lifted, I was completely blown away by the talent, imagery and story that Rick Miller told.  

The story covers the most event-packed years of the Baby Boomer era, beginning in 1945 with the dropping of the bomb in Hiroshima and ending in 1969 when the first man walked on the moon. Using the stories of three real Boomers, from very different walks of life, Miller breaks down what life was like through the music, culture, and historical events that shaped this era.

And he does ALL of this himself. ALL. OF. IT.

He changes his voice without skipping a beat to portray multiple characters, he has costume changes, queues up movie clips, and sings famous songs like "Blue Moon", "Hound Dog", and "My Generation" on key. 

Not only did I love it because of the music, multimedia, and Miller's incredible talent, but the history that he covers and connections that he draws are actually quite interesting. It was like watching a 3D documentary unfolding right before my eyes. 

Boom will be touring across Canada, and it is rumoured that it will also be going international. I encourage you to try and catch a performance if it comes your way!