In the Loop
Alumni News : Sep 22, 2016

George Salazar to star in off-Broadway revival of "Tick, Tick…Boom!"

By Abigail Friedman

George Salazar (BFA Musical Theater ’08) made his debut in 2011 as Otto in the national Tour of “Spring Awakening,” but it is right now in his life that he “feels like this is where I want to be in my career.” Salazar explains that he is focusing on more new work projects and is fortunate to be working with projects and collaborators that he loves.

Currently, Salazar is working in the off-Broadway revival of “Tick, Tick…Boom!,” Jonathan Larson’s autobiographical musical. Salazar plays the part of Michael and says he is “really excited to be a part of this production and thrilled to be doing it with my friends,” referring to his two co-stars, Nick Blaemire and Ciara Renee.

Salazar, who has played a lot of teenagers in his career, says that this part is “different from anything I have done.”  He explains the project as the story of the artist struggle at 30, which is something that he can relate to.  Even with all of the ups and downs that come with being an artist he says “There is no plan B, I am in it for the long haul and ready to make it happen.”

Not unlike most college freshman, Salazar was attracted to the medical sciences until his drama teacher sat both he and his parents down and said, “The world has enough doctors, but only one George Salazar.”

Salazar thoroughly enjoyed his time in Gainesville and thrived in the Musical Theatre program. “I liked that the program was small, and I got the attention I needed,” says Salazar, who is especially grateful for the support and guidance of Tony Mata, Tiza Garland, Debbie Sperlich and  Dr. David Shelton.  

To see Salazar in action during a rehearsal, check out