Tick, Tick ... Boom!
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Tick, Tick ... Boom!
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Tick, Tick ... Boom! NYC Reviews and Tickets

85%
(258 Reviews)
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95%
Mixed
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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.'

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Member Reviews (258)

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878 Reviews | 218 Followers
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.

691 Reviews | 212 Followers
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.

MJK
677 Reviews | 187 Followers
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.]

687 Reviews | 113 Followers
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

657 Reviews | 147 Followers
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

don
506 Reviews | 1002 Followers
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

585 Reviews | 220 Followers
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.

461 Reviews | 710 Followers
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. Read more

Critic Reviews (29)

The New York Times
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 bright pacing, the sprightly use of the onstage band, the generosity toward the performers. But surely the show would resonate more richly if he had helped them realize the relationships more fully."
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Time Out New York
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 role. Still, Larson’s untimely death shadows the musical with poignancy. Jonathan is even righter than he fears: You never know when life is going to lower the boom."
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The Hollywood Reporter
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...This version of the show lacks the impact of the original production or the 2014 City Center Encores! rendition...but it works quite well on its own terms."
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Theatermania
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 intrinsic understanding of the highs and lows of show business, one that grounds his Jonathan in reality...Unfortunately, the three gifted stars are done a major disservice by Evans' muddled sound design."
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BroadwayWorld
October 24th, 2016

"A superb Off-Broadway revival...The score has a solid hard rock foundation flooded with smart and emotionally thick lyrics...Nick Blaemire bears a substantial resemblance to Larson...In what is perhaps the quietest and most introspective 11 o'clock number in musical theatre, he lovingly expresses Jonathan's need to always be creating...'Tick, Tick...Boom!' is an incisive self-portrait and perhaps the most underappreciated musical that has played on or Off-Broadway this century."
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Lighting & Sound America
October 28th, 2016

"Jonathan Silverstein's production is alert to the material's constantly shifting moods, by turns sassy, satirical, and heartbreaking...'Tick, Tick...Boom!' is a chamber piece but it packs an emotional punch that many bigger musicals might envy. This is especially so in the two climactic numbers...'Tick, Tick...Boom!' is that rarest of things, a musical with a soul, our awareness of Larson's real-life fate only deepening its message of carpe diem."
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Talkin' Broadway
October 20th, 2016

"No production I've seen since the original has done more than this one to highlight the urgency beneath the uncertainty for everyone, not just Jonathan...At its best, the show is emotionally overwhelming, with Silverstein ensuring maximum impact through his crisp, focused staging and smart application of Jennifer Paar's costumes and Josh Bradford's lights...It's as good as you could hope for, and a stirring reminder of the boundless opportunities that still exist within life and theatre alike."
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TheaterScene.net
October 27th, 2016

"Passionate at its core but sluggish in plotting...This narrative framework showcases Larson’s catchy rock/pop score that is well-crafted but without any real standout songs...Mr. Blaemire makes up for a lack of innate charisma with his exceptional acting and singing talents. Ciara Renée as Susan and George Salazar as Michael are very appealing...Drags at times despite the best efforts of everyone involved but ultimately it is a spirited rendition of Jonathan Larson’s vision.
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