Before Rent, there was Tick, Tick… Boom! This autobiographical musical by Jonathan Larson, the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning composer of Rent, is the story of a composer and the sacrifices that he makes to achieve his big break in theatre. Orpheus Musical Theatre Society presents the Outer Critics Circle Award Winning Tick, Tick… Boom! takes you on the journey that led to a Broadway game-changer, creating a youthful, endearing, captivating and thoughtful piece gives audience members a glimpse into what artists sacrifice in pursuit of their art.
Jon’s girlfriend wants to get married and move out of the city. His best friend is making big bucks on Madison Avenue after giving up his theatre dreams. Yet, Jon is still waiting on tables and trying to write the great American musical. Set in 1990, on the eve of Jon’s 30th birthday, this compelling story of personal discovery is presented as a rock musical filled with instantly appealing melodies and a unique blend of musical theatre styles, including odes to some of musical theatre’s other greats.
“Larson’s songs thrum with the intense feeling, larky humor, and musical vitality that are the hallmark of enduring theater. Heart-grabbing.”
– New York Times review of the 2014 City Centre Encores! production