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Tick, Tick ... Boom!

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Members say: Great singing, Entertaining, Great acting, Resonant, Absorbing

About the show

Keen Company revives this autobiographical musical by Jonathan Larson, the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning creator of 'Rent.' More…

'Tick, Tick… BOOM!' is the story of an aspiring composer questioning his life choices on the eve of his 30th birthday. His girlfriend wants to get married and move out of the city, his best friend is making big bucks on Madison Avenue, but Jon is still waiting on tables and trying to write the great American musical. This exhilarating, funny, and moving work by the late Larson will speak to anyone who's ever gotten lost on the way to finding their dreams.


Member Reviews (255)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great singing, Entertaining, Great acting, Resonant, Absorbing
84
Avg Score

81
Enchanting, Exquisite, Great writing, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if you like a period piece that is fast moving and very enchanting.

Don't see it if I would see it.

95
Delightful, Absorbing, Refreshing, Clever, Touching

See it if An upbeat heartfelt musical with catchy songs and energetic staging for 3 performers. I loved the vocals. I've seen it twice now!

Don't see it if You are looking for something more dramatic, or for a bigger production. I thought it was just right.

90
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Must see

See it if It was super .. loved the Raul Essparza version as well . We liked it better than Rent. Caught the last performance

Don't see it if It was closing night...... Sorry

68
Delightful, Cliched, Dated, Entertaining

See it if you're a Rent-head & want to see an early (if far less satisfying) work by Jonathan Larson, who left us too soon & with too small an oeuvre.

Don't see it if you expect a solid book with depth & meaning. [There's a lot of talent on the stage, but they don't really gel in this very slight piece.]

76
Entertaining, Resonant, Ambitious, Clever

See it if Earnest, rough-edged revival of Lawson's pre-Rent showcase. Able acting & singing fail to ignite lackluster book. But songs are heartfelt

Don't see it if Male leads lack charisma but Lilli Cooper shines. Lawson's raw talent on unmistakable display making untimely death even more heartbreaking

70
Great singing, Romantic, Indulgent, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if you're a Jonathan Larson fan & want to see a less successful work somewhat inspired by his own life in a nice intimate setting

Don't see it if you want another "Rent," expect lots of singing & dancing, are not open to a story of a young man trying to find his place in the world

93
Great acting, Great writing, Resonant, Quirky, Profound

See it if you're a fan of Rent. This is Jonathan Larson's earlier work and it explores the same themes. Performances are terrific; story is relatable.

Don't see it if you're looking for big production numbers. This is a simple production told with honesty and a lot of heart.

Also I had previously seen a staged reading with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie... Read more Read less

78
Resonant, Disappointing, Dated, Great singing, Great writing

See it if You've always wanted to see the "long, lost" musical by the composer of "Rent". Larson's talent is evident.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of "Rent" or of rock musicals in general, or if you want to see a show that boasts more than three actors and a band.

60
Disappointing, Slow, Uneven acting, Somewhat entertaining, Slight

See it if you have never seen a production of this musical. The original and the recent Encores! revival fared much better.

Don't see it if you want to hear the lyrics of the songs. The on-stage band has a habit of drowning out the actors.

Also Awkward staging. The stage is way too big for this production—they pro... Read more Read less

79
Entertaining, Slow, Overrated, Good first play, Endearing

See it if you want to see the first time work of a playwright who had a promising future; you understand how difficult it can be to obtain your dream

Don't see it if you are looking for a big production musical with a large cast, orchestra, sets and costumes;

84
Talented cast, Pre-echoes rent, Energetic staging, Longing 4 more larson, Worthy revival

See it if you liked RENT & want 2 see more of Jonathan Larson's work, want 2 see the new Susan... Lilli Cooper

Don't see it if you didn't like RENT or rock musicals, or not interested in the angst of creation

94
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you love shows that involve you, amuse you, and touch you. This Jonathan Larsen gem is as moving as Rent. Nick Blaemire is brilliant.

Don't see it if you are an idiot!Seriously this is an iconic show that is not revived often.This is a first rate production with knock 'em dead performances

75
Resonant, Great singing, Dated, Ambitious

See it if you're curious to learn more about the man behind RENT, Jonathan Larson. See this if you enjoy small musicals with heart.

Don't see it if you want something big, bold, and flashy. This is subdued with some really touching moments.

77
Dated, Profound, Relevant, Great writing

See it if You are a Rent fan or want to know more about the struggles of an artist waiting for a break- good band

Don't see it if You want something classic & casting is ok...wishing for Raul

85
Great singing, Resonant

See it if you're a Jonathan Larson fan. If you want to remember how everyone feels about reaching their dreams in a critical moment in life. Poignant

Don't see it if You don't like JL's music, it's such a universal theme that it can feel cliched. But I liked the way it was handled.

73
Important, ambitious, interesting

See it if you like(d) Larson, if you are interested in his story, if you like rock music, if you liked RENT. Some songs beautiful.

Don't see it if you don't like loud bands, if you don't like furniture constantly moving, if you don't like three person shows when two play multiple roles

85
Great singing and dance, Entertaining, Dated, Relevant, Great acting

See it if You enjoy a great cast who pull off Broadway-esque dance and song in limited space. Set in the 90's, it's dated, but you won't mind much.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy musicals or stories about finding your way in an artistic career, and in life.

Also I cringed every time the male lead called his girlfriend "baby", but t... Read more Read less

91
Entertaining, Dated, Great staging, Epic, Absorbing

See it if You are a Jonathan Larson fan, or if you aren't, because you should be. A charming autobiographical glimpse of his life.

Don't see it if Give this delightful show a chance unless you know nothing about Larson,or have no interest in his story.

Also Nick Blaemire's resemblance to Jonathan Larson only adds to the poigna... Read more Read less

50
Banal, Disappointing, Indulgent, Great acting, Overrated

See it if You are a huge Larson fan, and want to see the first draft of Rent staged as if it were a proper show.

Don't see it if You lack the patience to sit through mediocre music, awful lyrics, and cliche character arcs. The cast does good with limited material.

82
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

See it if you never saw this and are interested in seeing more of Jonathan Larsen's work & brilliant mind.

Don't see it if your looking for a large scale musical.

91
Great singing, Intelligent, Reminiscent, Fun, Romantic

See it if You are a Rent fan and appreciate excellent vocal performances.

Don't see it if Don't like Rent or stories about struggling artists.

Also A really terrific cast. Cleverly staged and choreographed. Really glad... Read more Read less

79
Entertaining, Great singing, Great acting, Delightful, Clever

See it if You are interested in pre-Rent Larson in a charming small revival in an intimate theater and endearing cast.Some chemistry issues btw cast

Don't see it if You don't like small intimate productions or music that can be too loud. Characters can feel underdeveloped

96
Absorbing, Delightful, Great singing, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You love Jonathan Larson or LIVE for "Rent"; the music is in the same vain. 3 actors play multiple characters- great transitions. Band ✔️+

Don't see it if You hate musicals. Cuss words. Homosexuals. "Rent". Smaller staging. Band on stage. I was only disappointed that "Rent" wasn't alluded to.

81
Great singing, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if you need convincing that Jonathan Larson was a special talent. If you've never seen the show, or only the terrible City Center production

Don't see it if you don't believe rock music belongs on stage, full-stop.

95
Delightful, Great singing, Epic, Intelligent

See it if you are a Larson fan. It's enchanting and meaningful and was especially fun to see right after I saw Sunday in the Park with George.

Don't see it if you are looking for big production numbers. But actually you should still see it, it's great.


October 20th, 2016
"An affectionate, emotionally slight production...If Blaemire lacks the preternatural charm Esparza lent the role, he brings comic ease and ready sympathy...Salazar and Renée seem less suited to their roles...You can sense the director Jonathan Silverstein’s enthusiasm for the material in the bri...
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October 20th, 2016
"Capably revived by Keen Company’s Jonathan Silverstein, the musical offers an entertaining if uneven look at artistic anxiety...The stakes seem somewhat low in this version; although Blaemire is likable as always, one misses the intensity that Raúl Esparza and Lin-Manuel Miranda brought to the r...
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October 20th, 2016
"Its rough edges have been lovingly kept intact...While Auburn's cobbled-together book is little more than serviceable, Larson's pop-rock score is quite a bit more...The songs are consistently tuneful and peppy, enlivened by witty lyrics often reminiscent of Jonathan's idol, Stephen Sondheim...Th...
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October 20th, 2016
"This mounting not only presents a little-known masterwork in all its glory, but also leaves us heartbroken at the prospect of what could have been had Larson's life not ended in 1996...Blaemire, a writer and performer who's seen his share of theatrical heartbreak, brings to the table an intrinsi...
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