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tick, tick…BOOM!

Dates: June 5-15
Style: Musical
Run Time:
90 minutes – no 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

Music Direction by Andy Roninson 

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.



Andy Mientus

Andy Mientus is an actor and writer best known for his work on Broadway and television.  He recently starred in the live action television adaptation of “Grendel” based on the award winning Dark Horse comic book.  Also on Netflix, he can be seen in “Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings: Two Doors Down” (GLAAD Media Award) and in the series recurring role of Hartley Rathaway (aka The Pied Piper) on the hit CW series “The Flash”.  Andy made his television debut as composer Kyle Bishop on the NBC musical drama “Smash”, and was also a series regular on the NBC/Universal series “Gone”.  Other recurring roles include on “Anger Management” (FX) and “Chasing Life” (Freeform).  On Broadway, Andy starred as “Marius” in the revival of Les Miserables, and as “Hanschen” in Deaf West Theater’s revival of Spring Awakening, which he also co-conceived with director Michael Arden. Other stage credits include the National Tour of Wicked, the title role in Tommy at The Denver Center, Moisés Kaufman’s revival of Bent at Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, the Off-Broadway revival of Carrie at MCC, Tick Tick Boom at Bucks County Playhouse, and recently Jim Henson’s musical Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas directed by Christopher Gattelli at Studebaker Theater in Chicago.  Andy made his London stage debut a few years ago in the new musical The View Upstairs at Soho Theatre.  He is a founding company member of The Forest of Arden and was associate director of their first commission, ALIEN/NATION, at Williamstown Theatre Festival.  As a writer, he made his debut with the book and lyrics to Burn All Night at American Repertory Theater (ART), and with the middle grade fiction series The Backstagers from Amulet/Abrams. Andy’s YA novel, Fraternity was published in September 2022 by Amulet/Abrams which was recently optioned by Sony Pictures Television and RuCo. He can be heard on “The Jonathan Larson Project” (Ghostlight Records) and “R&H Goes Pop”.  Andy trained at the University of Michigan immediately prior to making his professional debut in Spring Awakening directed by Michael Mayer.  IG: @AndyMientus

Krystina Alabado

KRYSTINA ALABADO Broadway: Gretchen Wieners in Mean Girls, American Psycho, Green Day’s American Idiot. National Tours: Evita, American Idiot, Spring Awakening. Off-Broadway: The Mad Ones (Samantha Brown), Ain’t No Disco (Atlantic Theatre Company), David Bowie’s Lazarus (NYTW). Select Regional: Sunday in the Park with George (Dot/Marie, Pasadena Playhouse), Kiss My Aztec (Hartford Stage), Miss You Like Hell (La Jolla Playhouse), Tick Tick Boom (Bucks County Playbouse), Mystic Pizza (Ogunquit Playhouse), Burn All Night (A.R.T.). TV/Film: Voice of Cherri Bomb on Hazbin Hotel (Amazon Prime), Better Nate Than Ever (Disney+), If You See Something, The Zombie Wedding, First Reformed, Tyrant (FX), God Friended Me (CBS), Monster High (Nickelodeon), Mecha Builders (HBOMax), Voltron (Netflix). IG/TikTok @krystinaalabado

Larry owens

Larry Owens is the recipient of a 2023 Jonathan Larson Grant as well as a winner of both a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor and a Lucille Lortell Award for starring as the alter ego of writer/composer/lyricist Michael R. Jackson in the Pulitzer prize-winning musical A STRANGE LOOP at Playwrights Horizons. Larry can most recently be seen on ABBOTT ELEMENTARY (ABC), LIFE & BETH (HULU), HIGH MAINTENANCE (HBO), BETTY (HBO), SEARCH PARTY (HBO Max), PROBLEMISTA (A24), DUMB MONEY (SONY) and the upcoming Miramax feature, SILENT RETREAT, directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson. 


Larry studied drama and improvisation at the School at Steppenwolf. Owens starred in the curated concert SONDHEIMIA at Carnegie Hall, where he explored time, love, and ambition through the music and lyrics of Stephen Sondheim. He is the author of The American Football Musical, a satire of The Blind Side-esque sports/white savior films; The Talk Show, about an evil female talk show host (also his directorial debut at the Tribeca Film Festival under the title The Gag starring Sherie Rene Scott); Five Sisters, a play about gendered succession written in verse and AAVE.

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.


Andy Roninson (he/him) is a writer, orchestrator, and music director in NYC. For his songwriting, he is a recipient of the Jonathan Larson Grant. Other awards/distinctions: Dramatists Guild Fellow (for his musical SOVIET REBEL GIRL), Johnny Mercer Foundation Grove at Goodspeed, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat, BMI Workshop (Sherman Scholarship, Harrington Award). He was the creator/host of the first-of-its-kind ten-minute musical podcast TAKE A TEN. Five episodes are published and licensed by MTI and Concord.

As a music director, he has worked extensively regionally (New London Barn, Park Playhouse) and Off-Broadway (Playwrights Horizons, The Public, The Atlantic). He music directs for Norbert Leo Butz, Kate Baldwin, and others. AndyRoninson.com


Paul McGill (he/they) Paul is thrilled to be working again with his dear collaborator, Eric Rosen. Select credits include Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway, Tick Tick… Boom! at the Kennedy Center, directed by Neil Patrick Harris, and Carnival of the Animals with New York City Ballet. Off-Broadway: The Legend of Georgia McBride, Which Way to the Stage, Between the Lines, and more. Upcoming: See What I Wanna See Off-Broadway. Paul has also been awarded an NAACP Award, a Fred Astaire Award and the LA Ovation Award for choreography. Please visit his website to see more credits and information: www.paul-mcgill.com or IG: @paul_mcgill_

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