tick, tick… BOOM!

Dates: June 5-15
Style: Musical
Run Time:
2 Hours – including one intermission
Ages: 12 and up

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Book, Music and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson
David Auburn, Script Consultant
Vocal Arrangements and Orchestrations by Stephen Oremus.                                                                                                                                                     Choreographed by Paul McGill                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
Directed by Eric Rosen

Show Summary

Before Rent, there was tick, tick… Boom!

Jonathan Larson, the Pulitzer Prize-and Tony Award-winning composer of Rent, first created this semi-autobiographical explosive and joyful rock-musical about creativity, the fear of mortality, and the power of music to change the world.

On the eve of his thirtieth birthday, Jon, a promising young composer in New York, has lots of accolades but no income. His  girlfriend wants to get married and move to Cape Cod, and his best friend has abandoned the bohemian life for a corporate salary on Madison Avenue. How will Jon decide which path to take, when all he really wants to do is make something that will live forever while his own time is running out?

Larson did change the world, but didn’t live to see Rent succeed. The only other work of his to survive, tick, tick BOOM shows how Larson’s musical voice forever changed how we experience music on Broadway, and affirms our very human need to create in the face of loss. 

Our new Artistic Director Eric Rosen brings his acclaimed production – hailed as a powerful and bold new interpretation of this show – for his Cape Playhouse debut. No matter  your age, tick, tick … BOOM!  will leave you cheering for this exuberant, beautiful, and powerful musical.

tick, tick…BOOM! was originally produced off-Broadway in June, 2001 by Victoria Leacock, Robyn Goodman, Dede Harris, Lorie Cowen Levy, and Beth Smith.

tick, tick… BOOM! is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.



Casting for this production will be announced at a later date.

Jonathan Larson
Books, Music & Lyrics

Jonathan Larson received the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for RENT. He also won the 1996 Tony Award for Best Musical and the 1994 Richard Rodgers Award for RENT and twice received The Gilman & Gonzales-Falla Theatre Foundation’s Commendation Award. In 1989 he was granted the Stephen Sondheim Award from American Music Theatre Festival, where he contributed to the musical “Sitting on the Edge of the Future.” In 1988 he won the Richard Rodgers Development Grant for his rock musical Superbia, which was staged at Playwrights Horizon. He composed the score for the musical J.P. Morgan Saves the Nation, which was presented by En Garde Arts in 1995. Mr. Larson performed his rock monologue tick, tick… BOOM! at Second Stage Theatre, The Village Gate and New York Theatre Workshop. In addition to scoring and song writing for “Sesame Street”, he created music for a number of children’s book-cassettes, including Steven Spielberg’s “An American Tail” and “Land Before Time”. Other film scores include work for Rolling Stones magazine publisher Jann Wenner. He conceived, directed and wrote four original songs for “Away We Go!,” a musical video for children. RENT, his rock opera based on “La Boheme”, had its world premiere on February 13, 1996 at New York Theatre Workshop. Mr. Larson died unexpectedly of an aortic aneurysm on January 25, 1996 –  ten days before his 36th birthday. His music, including songs cut from his shows, is archived in the Library of Congress.

Music Theatre International

The perfect musical for every audience!

At MTI, it’s about enabling as many theatres to perform as many shows as possible – to have the shared experience that is musical theatre.
– Drew Cohen, President and CEO

Music Theatre International (MTI) is one of the world’s leading theatrical licensing agencies, granting theatres from around the world the rights to perform the greatest selection of musicals from Broadway and beyond. Founded in 1952 by composer Frank Loesser and orchestrator Don Walker, MTI is a driving force in advancing musical theatre as a vibrant and engaging art form.

MTI works directly with the composers, lyricists and book writers of these musicals to provide official scripts, musical materials and dynamic theatrical resources to over 100,000 professional, community and school theatres in the US and in over 150 countries worldwide.

MTI is particularly dedicated to educational theatre, and has created special collections to meet the needs of various types of performers and audiences. MTI’s Broadway Junior™ shows are 30- and 60-minute musicals for performance by elementary and middle school-aged performers, while MTI’s School Editions are musicals annotated for performance by high school students.

MTI maintains its global headquarters in New York City with additional offices in London (MTI Europe) and Melbourne (MTI Australasia).

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