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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
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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.

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.

Ambitious, Wonderful acting and singing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Enchanting

See it if you enjoyed Rent or other rock musicals.

Don't see it if you don't care much for rock musicals

Great music, Dated, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you're a Jonathan Larson/Rent fan & aren't familiar with this show. The score is fantastic. The music is absolutely the star of the show.

Don't see it if you have fond memories of another TTB production. This one has its flaws. Most egregious, the stage is too big for such an intimate show.

Also I noticed the older people in the audience looked bored. Considering t... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Absorbing, Romantic, Sad, Poignant

See it if You care about musical theater. See it even if you didn't like "Rent."

Don't see it if musicals aren't your thing.

Energetic, Endearing, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you want a touching story with a strong score. The characters are imperfect & endearing in this lively/energized production.

Don't see it if you don't like biographical shows or when some themes feel a bit outdated.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if Jonathan Larson's music thrills you. This gem with such great music and lyrics is a must see. Sunday's homage to Sondheim is great.

Don't see it if You like bigger spectacle musicals.

Enchanting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you want a glimpse of what was going through Jonathan Larson's head before writing Rent and you want to see a good production of this show.

Don't see it if you're looking for a strong attraction between the male and female leads or if you don't like rock musicals in smaller stagings.

Entertaining, Great singing, Thought-provoking

See it if You've never seen the show before. The cast is great and the music is performed well. Also found the show hopeful and ultimately uplifting

Don't see it if You expect perfection. It isn't. But if you like Rent and are curious about Jonathan Larson's other work - go.

Entertaining, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if musical before Rent, about self confidence

Don't see it if don't like small scale musicals

Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Must see

See it if you like Rent (or don't like Rent). Great actors and singing. Great music, really fun and riveting show all around.

Don't see it if you don't like shows with really small casts.

Also I do not like Rent, but I really enjoyed this.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing, Resonant, Great music

See it if you like Jonathan Larson (Rent), enjoy small intimate shows, like absorbing people shows

Don't see it if you want big production numbers, don't like small bands or casts, aren't interested in relevant theatre

Also This production is thrilling, amazing what three actors can pull off. ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Ambitious, Dated, Great singing, Quirky

See it if you need to know pre-Rent history. it's fun, flirty, and well-done.

Don't see it if you need deeper darker theatre.

Entertaining, Dated, Great writing, Edgy, Resonant

See it if You are a fan of Jonathan Larson/Rent, you like rock chamber musicals. Music isn't as memorable as Rent but as a whole is quite compelling.

Don't see it if You don't like rock musicals or small casts (3 person show). Show is dated (takes place in the 90's).


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.

Entertaining, Thought-provoking

See it if you like to see the thought processes of an writer/composer/playwright in the crisis point of his career.

Don't see it if you need a play to be complete and polished.

Great singing, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You love and miss Jonathan Larson

Don't see it if You're looking for something happy - this, to me, is sad to the core! (But I love it!)

Great writing, Resonant, Refreshing, Too energetic

See it if you have any doubts that Rent was NOT a fluke. The production substitutes energy for insight, but the material by Larson is full of insight

Don't see it if you saw the Encores production a few summers ago that was much more concerned with the beauty and genius of Larson's writing.

Entertaining, Delightful, Dated

See it if Want to see what a talent Larson possessed before Rent. Good performances even though the female lead is a bit weak. Good singing but falls

Don't see it if Expect to be thrilled but the male lead is really good or if you don't like small productions

Clever, Great singing, Entertaining, Funny, Great writing

See it if You appreciate great singing, stories about later-life coming-of-age, and want to see another work by the legendary Jonathan Larson.

Don't see it if You are bored by typical soul-searching male characters whose female counterparts are only present to serve his angst-filled story line.

Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Great singing, Riveting

See it if you like amazing musical performances and great music, and if you are a fan of Rent

Don't see it if ...seriously, see it

Also Somehow this show had always escaped my radar; I knew about it but had... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Great writing, Riveting, Great singing, A tribute!

See it if Like modern musical plays with contemporary lyrics and high energy song &dance. Appreciate creative process & search for recognition.

Don't see it if You don't understand Show business or sympathize artist anxiety. Not for those who want fluffy themes, impressive costumes & splashy sets.

Also This is a well done depiction of a struggling creative artist--songwri... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great singing, Great acting, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if You like autobiographical musical shows,you loved rent

Don't see it if You don't like rent

Dated, Entertaining, Resonant, Great singing, Quirky

See it if You struggle with growing up or moving forward in life. You like the show "Rent." You want to see stories about real people, with music.

Don't see it if You only like contemporary shows (this very much shows the period it takes place in). You don't want to watch people who have problems.

Clever, Great singing, Relevant, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if saw the last revival at city center, and enjoy show with great soundtrack and smart production in a small stage

Don't see it if youre looking for big cast or big production numbers...

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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