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'A living time capsule:' New Neptune Theatre production a multimedia journey for baby boomers

BOOM opens on Friday night on the Fountain Hall stage.

Rick Miller runs through a scene from his solo multimedia show entitled Boom at Neptune Theatre.

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Rick Miller runs through a scene from his solo multimedia show entitled Boom at Neptune Theatre.

A new production opening at Neptune Theatre will be looking to blow both baby boomers and young people away.

BOOM is a one-man show that explores the baby boom generation using a circular screen to project images and videos of the time.

Rick Miller, the writer, director and performer, stands behind the screen signing, playing guitar and telling the story of the era.

“Boomers will have moments where they see themselves and hopefully young people will have moments where they realize ‘Wow, a Trudeau was elected in the 60’s too,’” he said.

Miller voices 100 characters in 100 minutes during his performance, anyone from John F. Kennedy to the Pillsbury Doughboy.  

“It’s something I like to do,” he said. “Take people on a ride and play a whole bunch of characters that they either know or don’t know.”

Miller prefers to call his performance “solo multimedia show” rather than a play or musical.

“A play has certain implications, it happens in a living room over one night and someone has an affair,” he said.

“A show to me is more of an event.”

Production took three years while Miller and his production staff tried to figure out the best way to portray his idea.

“I wanted technology and images to be a big part of it and I wanted to be immersed in media,“ he said.

“Kind of like a living time capsule.”

Miller has been performing across the country. By April he will have 225 performances of BOOM under his belt.

 Miller is certainly no stranger to one-man shows, spending 17 years touring with MacHomer, where he voices 50 characters from The Simpsons while preforming MacBeth.

“I’ve always had the ability to do voices and the ability to do a lot of different things on stage.”

Miller is best known for his performance of the Queen song "Bohemian Rhapsody" on Just for Laughs where he performs the song using “25 of the most annoying voices in the music industry".

A video of the performance has been viewed more than one million times on YouTube.

BOOM runs from Friday through November 8 at Neptune Theatre's Fountain Hall.  For tickets, visit neptunetheatre.com.

Rick Miller runs through a scene from his solo multimedia show entitled Boom at Neptune Theatre.

Jeff Harper/Metro

Rick Miller runs through a scene from his solo multimedia show entitled Boom at Neptune Theatre.