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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
Avg Score

Absorbing, Great staging, Intelligent, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if You love Rent and want to see a musical about the amazing man behind it, or if you relate to being at an impasse in life

Don't see it if You need a musical to be super coherent and the songs all to be profound; or you don't like a show with only 3 cast who have great chemistry

Also Bottom line is it's an entertaining show and very relatable for 20-som... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Ciara was amazing, Nick blaemire great

See it if you want to see an amazingly talented Ciara Renee. you want to hear a beautiful rendition of See Her Smile by Nick Blaemire

Don't see it if You are not interested in a show about someone questioning whether they should give up on making it on braodway as they turn 30.

Funny, Great singing

See it if you're a big fan of rent or if you want to see a handful really incredible moments peppered in amongst the rest of the average show

Don't see it if you don't like rock musicals or if you want a big spectacle of a show. This one is very bare bones

Also The performances were really incredible, but the show isn't nearly as ... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Profound, Dated

See it if You love rock musicals, loved RENT and like the writing of Jonathan Larson.

Don't see it if If you expect a huge Broadway production that is light and fluffy with a big cast.

Entertaining, Dated, Disappointing, Great singing, Intelligent

See it if you love Jonathan Larson and want a taste of his world. This is clearly a pre-RENT musical that has all the magic of Larson and his talent.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in starving artists themes and late-20s/early 30s relationship navigating.

Absorbing, Great singing, Funny, Delightful, Thought-provoking

See it if if you like a tuneful, autobiographical insightful show about an early mid-life crisis of Larsen before he hits it big with Rent

Don't see it if If you are expecting the quality of the original then you'll be disappointed - serviceable but not a great cast.

Clever, Cliched, Dated, Funny, Quirky

See it if you love Rent/Larson and are interested in seeing an earlier work. The staging/ choreography is great, and the performers are engaging.

Don't see it if too-smart, self-serving works aren't your thing. There is a lot to like here, but some of it comes off as navel-gazing.

Dated, Entertaining, Funny, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see Proto-Rent

Don't see it if You are uninterested in seeing a watered-down Rent

Great writing, Great songs, Absorbing, Clever

See it if you <3 the score & would <3 anyone singing it, or if you've never seen a production. Also, if you like small musicals or are a young artist.

Don't see it if the cast recording is perfect to you and no one else could do these songs justice. Also, if you're expecting a big-scale musical like RENT.

Energetic cast, Strong writing, Touching, Engaging

See it if you enjoy Jonathan Larson's work; you appreciate inside references to other musicals; you can enjoy a small cast

Don't see it if you dislike rock musicals; you don't care about 90s themes

Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Funny, Delightful



Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you like Johnathan Larson, enjoyed Rent and are interested in a somewhat autobiographical story.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in small productions, or are looking for a typical Broadway show

Clever, Enchanting, Funny, Great writing, Great singing

See it if You want a terrific score (I think better than RENT) and some wonderful performances. Still a delightful show.

Don't see it if You want big and splashy. Intimate and charming. (Could use a little less amplification in such a small space.)

Great singing, Dated, Entertaining

See it if You are a Jonathan Larson fan and have interest in his journey. You can see this was the springboard for rent. The male lead is terrific.

Don't see it if You are looking for something profound or a spectacular.

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You're a Jonathan Larson or "Rent" fan, or you're going through a career change and want an entertaining but not ponderous look at the issue

Don't see it if You're not willing to put up with a couple of minor structural flaws or are looking for something groundbreaking.

Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if Want a creative well crafted performance with great book and score.

Don't see it if If you need an exquisite stage with production numbers.

Entertaining, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You like Jonathan Larson's music and/or Rent, and are interested in a biographical musical

Don't see it if You need a big, flashy, tourist-friendly musical. Staging isn't great (clearly very low budget), but it's all about the show.

Entertaining, Great singing, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense

See it if you love original works with strong scores performed to perfection

Don't see it if you expect big production numbers and fancy sets

Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you are a fan of Jonathan Larson, Rent, or rock musicals.

Don't see it if you would prefer a more traditional piece of theater.

Also very well-staged show with 3 great actors.

Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you like to be inspired by stories of artists who risk a lot to pursue their passion

Don't see it if you don't like rock musicals, or if you are looking for a big chorus (this is a cast of 3)

Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great singing

See it if you enjoyed Rent and want to know more about and from its creator, you love a show which explores the challenges & joys of a life in theater

Don't see it if a show about the life of young people who are trying to figure out their lives has no interest, you don't enjoy shows about theater.

Also Given what we know of Jonathan Larsen's tragically short life and care... Read more Read less

Funny, Relevant, Edgy, Quirky, Great acting

See it if you like Rent and autobiographical stories. It's a little bit of a museum piece from the early 90's.

Don't see it if you want to see a completed work and don't like rock musicals.

Also There was a talk-back after the show I went to with one of Jonathan La... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great singing, Entertaining, Must see

See it if You are a fan of Rent and Jonathan Larson

Don't see it if You can't make it in time for the limited run

Delightful, Great singing, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if you like autobiographical-style musicals with catchy numbers and a talented cast done on a simple but effective set.

Don't see it if you don't like bare bones productions. This one has no spectacle but is well worth seeing for the music and talented cast.

Entertaining, Modern musical, Appealing to young audiences, Musical memoir, Great singing

See it if you would love to see a rock musical. Great show for young people. Excellent acting by two actors who play multiple roles. Great singing.

Don't see it if You would not enjoy seeing a mostly bare-staged musical memoir about a young composer wanting to become the Steven Sondheim of rock musicals

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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