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See “Tick, Tick … Boom!” on Bucks County Playhouse stage


Andy Mientus (“Spring Awakening”), Krystina Alabado (“Mean Girls”) and Noah J. Ricketts (“Disney’s Frozen”) will star in a new production of Jonathan Larson’s “Tick, Tick … Boom!” as part of Bucks County Playhouse’s 2023 Season.

The production will run at the historic New Hope venue June 23-July 15. Mientus will star in the role of Jonathan. Alabado will play Susan. Ricketts will play Michael.

The show will be directed by Eric Rosen (BCP’s “American Jade”) and choreographed by Paul McGill (“Bullets Over Broadway”). In addition to his Playhouse directorial debut in 2022 with “American Jade,” Rosen was co-founder of Chicago’s About Face Theatre and is the former Artistic Director of KCRep.

Bucks County Playhouse Executive Producer Robyn Goodman was one of the original producers of “Tick … Tick… Boom!” Off-Broadway in 2001.

“Before ‘Rent,’ I gave Jonathan Larson his very first reading of ‘Boho Days,’ which later became ‘Tick… Tick… Boom!’,” said Goodman. “I have always loved his music and how he captured that moment when a brilliant artist turns 30 and (is) still waiting for his real life to begin.”

“Tick, Tick … Boom!” is a high-octane rock musical that follows the life of a young composer facing 30 with little to show for it. Based on his life before he wrote “Rent,” Larson’s “Tick, Tick … Boom!” is a youthful, vibrant, and moving rock musical reminding theater-goers that sometimes dreams can come true.

Musical Director is Rodney Bush. Jack Magaw (BCP’s “American Jade” and “Tommy and Me”) is Scenic Designer. Lighting Designer is Paul Miller (Broadway’s “Amazing Grace” and “The Illusionists”). Costume designer is Devario Simmons (Clubbed Thumb’s “Tumancho”). Ashton Michael Corey (BCP’s “Million Dollar Quartet Christmas” and the National Tour of “On Your Feet”) is Sound Designer. Stivo Arnoczy (BCP’s “American Jade”) is Projection Designer. Peter Wolf is Production Stage Manager. Jason Carroll is Assistant Stage Manager. Casting is by Paul Hardt.

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.

Also among his awards and credits, in 1989 Larson was granted the Stephen Sondheim Award from American Music Theatre Festival, where he contributed to the musical “Sitting on the Edge of the Future.”

Larson died unexpectedly of an aortic aneurysm on Jan. 25, 1996, 10 days before his 36th birthday. His music (including songs cut from his shows) is archived in the Library of Congress.

Tickets can be purchased at or 215-862-2121.

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