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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)


Great singing, Entertaining, Great acting, Resonant, Absorbing

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.]

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

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.

Indulgent, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you're in your 20's or 30's and feel confused or ambivalent about your future or if you really liked Rent.

Don't see it if you're not a Jonathan Larson fan.


See it if You're interested in the seeds of Rent. Clever songwriting and Ciara Renee has great moments but this was a miss for me. Appealing cast.

Don't see it if You're not a Larson super fan. I got bored and it's only 90 minutes.

Cliched, Entertaining, Great singing, Quirky, Resonant

See it if you are a fan of Rent, and want to see a lesser-known by Jonathan Larson

Don't see it if you want to see a musical with impressive production values, or a big spectacle.

Delightful, Great singing, Cliched, Dated, Playful

See it if If you're a big fan of Rent, this is a good insight into what came before. The music itself is good listening.

Don't see it if Story is dated and cliched, as are the lyrics (part of this is because of Rent's influence, ironically). Actor chemistry isn't great either.

Indulgent, Overrated, Great singing

See it if You are a devoted Jonathon Larsen fan or looking for an evening of some great singing of fine songs.

Don't see it if You want a focused show light on sentiment. It's more revue than musical, posthumously fitted to be a sentimental look at Larsen pre-Rent.

Also This show originated as a one-man show Larsen performed before he bega... Read more Read less

Banal, Unlikeable characters, Silly lyrics and forgettable songs, Self-important, Trying too hard

See it if You are a die-hard fan of Jonathan Larsen and Rent. Not sure I can think of a great reason to see it otherwise.

Don't see it if You are not a die-hard Jonathan Larsen or Rent fan. There are way too many other great shows in NYC to see unless you're a crazy fanboy/girl

Cliched, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you are a Jonathan Larson fan. That's about it. Ciara Renee was great, but the 2 male actors were pitchy. Plot was thin.

Don't see it if you like good singing. The songs are so so and the male characters were off key now and then.

Dated, Great staging, Clever

See it if You're a Larson fan and you haven't seen this yet. It's delightful to see his earlier work and some of the songs are terrific.

Don't see it if You want to see it perfectly done. The two friends play everyone else, and they're good at it, but not so much their main roles.

Clever, Delightful, Funny, Dated, Resonant

See it if you are looking for a musical from and older musical that is so relevant to today. A fun experience

Don't see it if If you don't like 80s/90s pop rock musicals

During previews
Dated, Slow, Uneven

See it if you haven't heard the remarkable vocals of Raúl Esparza on the original cast album...because they are not matched in this production.

Don't see it if you're expecting a great piece of theater. The book is not good, and these are not Larson's best songs...but it's still fun.

During previews
Disappointing, Banal, Insipid, Indulgent

See it if you don't have a high bar or need for nuanced, always honest, clearly envisioned theater.

Don't see it if you have a high bar or need for nuanced, always honest, clearly envisioned theater.

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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