AC­TOR RICK MILLER LOW­ERS THE BOOM

Richmond Hill Post - - Restaurant Reviews - For more in­for­ma­tion about Boom, go to www.boomshow.ca.

Rick Miller is a one-man the­atri­cal ma­chine ded­i­cated to cre­at­ing one-of-akind artis­tic ex­pe­ri­ences that leave au­di­ences with an ex­pe­ri­ence they won’t soon for­get, such as his highly ac­claimed

MacHomer. He has been called one of the 100 most cre­ative peo­ple alive to­day. His lat­est show, Boom, pre­mieres at the Pana­sonic The­atre this month, run­ning Jan. 15 to Feb. 1, www.mirvish.com.

So just what is Boom?

Boom is a solo show that tries to cap­ture the defin­ing mo­ment of the baby boomer gen­er­a­tion. The show cov­ers 1945 to 1969, and it’s billed as one man, 25 years, 100 voices. I play a whole bunch of dif­fer­ent char­ac­ters and give a sense of what that era is, through mu­sic, pol­i­tics and cul­ture.

What has been the most chal­leng­ing as­pect of the show?

Phys­i­cally, I go through a lot of voices, from Perry Como to Jan­ice Jo­plin, which is a real leap, but the hard­est part was re­ally the edit­ing. After a year’s re­search, all the ads and the songs and the voices, what sto­ries do I fo­cus on? What do I not say? You could do an en­tire play on one Martin Luther King speech.

And there is an en­tire on­line ed­u­ca­tional com­po­nent to com­ple­ment the show as well?

There is an ed­u­ca­tional side that ex­ists on­line, for younger peo­ple es­pe­cially. His­tory is taught in a cer­tain way, but it is dif­fi­cult to bring to life as a teacher in the ed­u­ca­tional sys­tem. I want to ex­tend the ex­pe­ri­ence be­fore and after the play to a whole on­line world. And it ties into all our other shows as well in an ed­u­ca­tional lit­er­acy cam­paign.

What is it with you and solo shows? Do you not play well with oth­ers?

There is some­thing I al­ways find re­ward­ing about solo shows: the abil­ity to take peo­ple on a ride you are more or less in con­trol of. All eyes are on you and what you cre­ate on­stage. Some­times it can amaze peo­ple, when you are do­ing some­thing they can’t do, and there is a lit­tle bit of a sense of won­der, some­thing you just can’t get on the screen. If you can pull that off, then you’ve done some­thing. You might not change their lives, but you’ll give them an ex­pe­ri­ence they won’t for­get.

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