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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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Dated, Enchanting, Great acting, Overrated

See it if you want to experience the roots of contemporary musical theater. It's not one of the Great Musicals, but it inspired several of them.

Don't see it if you prefer your theater relevant and fresh. Even with a great cast, it feels like walking into a time capsule.

Absorbing, Great singing, Profound, Relevant, Resonant

See it if if u enjoy rock/non-traditional musicals, small casts and low-key productions; +++ talent; if u want a real portrayal of life as an artist

Don't see it if seemed very loud at times, esp for a small theater; if you prefer splashy productions

Great acting, Great singing, Indulgent, Clever, Dated

See it if you're interested in Jonathan Larson. This is fascinating and contains bits of evidence of his legitimately huge but underdeveloped talent.

Don't see it if you're sensitive to anything in the vicinity of cloying - Larson was nothing if not ernest - or curiously unfortunate sound design.

Riveting, Dated, Indulgent, Entertaining, Resonant

See it if you are a fan of Rent, and you are interested in Jonathan Larson's earlier works.

Don't see it if you are expecting some set changes as well as costumes, this show is pretty much workshop style just like how it was intended to.

Delightful, Great singing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if If you like Jonathan Larson, his first, lesser known musical that has some fine tunes

Don't see it if You are expecting a big scale production

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.

Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Profound, Quirky

See it if You've ever felt like you weren't on the right path. You're approaching 30 or have turned 30. You loved RENT. You enjoy a small cast.

Don't see it if Want an extravagant show with big numbers. Want a show with a big cast. Trigger warning: HIV

Absorbing, Clever, Great writing, Great acting, Masterful

See it if The true story of becoming an artist has never been more beautifully, delightfully or honestly told. This production is a powerhouse.

Don't see it if This is not about cats or munchkins or flying carpets. It is is an intimate piece about human beings finding their way in life.

Great singing, Profound, Relevant, Quirky, Enchanting

See it if you want to hear a terrific score played and sung beautifully live.

Don't see it if you need all three actors to be of top notch quality. (two out of three are!)

Entertaining, Great singing, Relevant

See it if Great opportunity to learn the story of Jonathan Larsen and how RENT became a reality. Great reminder about how not to give up your dream!

Don't see it if If music or musicals don't hold your interest.

Intelligent, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You love fun shows with amazing music

Don't see it if Are looking for big production numbers

Entertaining, Quirky, Great singing, Edgy, Intelligent

See it if You love Rent, but don't expect it to be at the level of Rent. Actors are amazing. They work with what they've got. They couldn't be better.

Don't see it if You're looking for a big production. Expecting this to be as great as Rent. Want a Broadway experience.

Clever, Entertaining, Great writing, Romantic

See it if you loved jonathan larson and will be turning 30 soon....

Don't see it if you hated RENT

Entertaining, Great singing, Resonant

See it if You're a Jonathan Larson fan; you like small-scale, intimate musicals

Don't see it if You're expecting something as epic or as masterful as Rent

Also A fun, ultimately moving show, especially considering Jonathan Larson'... Read more Read less

Relevant, Clever, Great singing, Thought-provoking, Must see

See it if You wanna see Jonathan Larson's "other" great musical. Also if you're in your 30's or if your birthday's coming up

Don't see it if You don't wanna feel the stress of getting older (but that's a part of growing up), or you're under of any of life's pressures

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

See it if you like RENT and/or are interested in delving into the mind of its creator and seeing a deeply personal side of him.

Don't see it if RENT drives you crazy and you don't like rock musicals; you probably won't like 90 minutes of similar material.

Also Tick, Tick...BOOM is a really interesting look at the psyche of Jonath... Read more Read less

Poignant, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you are a fan of Rent; enjoy a talented, energetic cast; are curious about this early work of a talented artist.

Don't see it if you want spectacle; if you are looking for a highly polished theatre piece; or if you prefer traditional musicals.

Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in Jonathan Larson's early work or are just interested in great theatre with a story most people can relate to.

Don't see it if Are looking for an elaborate Broadway production.

Also This show has some really great songs with great performers! A must se... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Funny, Resonant

See it if You can appreciate the significance of Jonathan Larson's musical legacy.

Don't see it if You're easily bored, since it started out very slowly.

Entertaining, Great singing, Must see

See it if You want to get to know the man behind the phenomenon REnt. Entertaining and engaging. Captures the daily struggles of an artist

Don't see it if You need big sets and gimmicks to tell a story

Resonant, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You're a fan of Jonathan Larson and know his story. Or you want to see what he was doing before RENT.

Don't see it if You like big flashy musicals.

Entertaining, Dizzying, Great singing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you love Jonathan Larson. His story is incredible, and the music in this show is awesome. Also, Nick Blaemire is the man.

Don't see it if you want something with more production value and upbeat.

Resonant, Slow, Great singing, Great staging, Clever

See it if You appreciate the history of the show and its creator, and you want to see funny and energetic performances from Salazar and Renée.

Don't see it if You don't know anything about Larson, or need a show driven by action rather than angst/emotions/possibilities.

Great staging, Thought-provoking, Profound, Refreshing, Great singing

See it if you love the story and music

Don't see it if you don't think anyone can top the original production

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.

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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