Pop culture of the Baby Boomers is back

BOOM, an explosive one-man stage documentary chronicling the post-war Baby Boom years, hits the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre

BOOM, an explosive one-man stage documentary chronicling the post-war Baby Boom years, hits the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre on Friday, Jan. 13.

This highly acclaimed show, written by and starring Rick Miller, takes the crowd on a journey through 25 turbulent years, giving voice to more than 100 of the influential figures and musicians of the Baby Boom generation.

It’s a multi-media show: part performance, part impersonation and part documentary.

It tackles the baby boom era between 1945 and 1969, drawing on both Canadian and American history and major world events to paint a picture of what it was like to come of age during this pivotal time when it seemed the whole world was young.

BOOM is a two-hour production that makes 25 years of history fly by, say organizers.

It chronicles the time when radio gave way to TV and TV helped birth mass consumerism, when mellow, gentlemanly crooners like Perry Como were overtaken by singers like Elvis and Jagger, who strutted their raw sexuality across stages around the world.

But there’s more. At that time, innovation took the globe, from Hiroshima to landing on the moon, and charismatic politicians like Kennedy, Castro and Trudeau were making waves at home and abroad.

There’s lots here for all kinds of folks: Boomers will laugh, sing, cry and nod their heads in agreement as their story is told, promise promoters.

Political/cultural history buffs will enjoy every song, political event, figure and issue of this lively era, creating a longing for things they didn’t experience themselves through a thrilling production and engaging personal narrative, says a press release.

For those who have no or little knowledge of the political/cultural references in the show, BOOM is a personal coming of age journey experienced by three relatable characters that transcend boundaries through an enjoyable and visually arresting history lesson.

The fun starts at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $36 for adults, $25 for students and there are even a few $5 eyeGO seats for those with students cards who come to the ticket office and pay cash.

Seats can be booked through the Cowichan Ticket Centre by phone at 250-748-7529 or online at cowichanpac.ca.

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