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Genesius Theatre presents rock musical ‘Tick, Tick… Boom!’ Feb. 9 to 18

READING – Genesius Theatre opens its 2024 season Feb. 9 with the semi-autobiographical rock musical “Tick, Tick… Boom!” It runs through Feb. 18.

The musical is based on the semi-autobiographical rock monologue written by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning composer Jonathan Larson, who’s best known for writing the musical “Rent.”

“This show is the precursor to his hit musical ‘Rent’ and is in many ways its origin story,” stated Genesius Theatre in the release. “Featuring a similarly rocking score, it offers a backstage tour of the love and sweat Larson put into making his Broadway musical dreams a reality.”

“Tick, Tick… Boom!” features the songs “30/90,” “Comet to Your Senses,” “No More” and the Sondheim-inspired “Sunday.”

Larson wrote the book, music and lyrics for “Tick, Tick… Boom!” and first performed it as a solo rock-monologue in 1990.

After his death in 1996, 10 days before his 36th birthday, “Tick, Tick… Boom!” was revamped by playwright David Auburn with vocal arrangements and orchestrations by Stephen Oremus. The musical premiered Off-Broadway in 2001, followed by a London production in 2005 starring Neil Patrick Harris.

The musical was made popular once again following the 2021 Netflix movie directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

“Whether it’s ‘Rent’ or ‘Tick, Tick… Boom!,’ Jonathan Larson’s music and storytelling spans the test of time. In ‘Tick, Tick… Boom!,’ Larson taps into what it feels like to stand at the edge of a life transition, doubting everything, and wondering if you’ll be able to do work that matters,” stated the nonprofit theater in the release. “This production of ‘Tick, Tick… Boom!’ offers the opportunity for a deeper, more intimate dive into the life of a composer who left an indelible mark on musical theater and popular culture.”

Genesius Theatre presents "Tick, Tick... Boom!," a semi-autobiographical rock musical by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning composer Jonathan Larson, who's best known for the musical "Rent." The show features Genesius veteran Daniel Graf as Jonathan. (Photo courtesy of Don Carrick - Studio 413)
Genesius Theatre presents “Tick, Tick… Boom!,” a semi-autobiographical rock musical by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning composer Jonathan Larson, who’s best known for the musical “Rent.” The show features Genesius veteran Daniel Graf as Jonathan. (Photo courtesy of Don Carrick – Studio 413)

The Genesius production of “Tick, Tick… Boom!” features Genesius veterans Daniel Graf as Jonathan, Cecilia Cooper as Susan, and Corey Clark as Michael, as well as Genesius newcomer Alessandra Fanelli as Karessa and a diverse ensemble of actors filling out this new concept of the original musical.

“I’m extremely excited to be working with this awesome team of artists on a production that is about the joyous, messy, complex and very detailed work of creation,” Genesius artistic director L J Fecho said in the release. “At the heart of this playful, rock-filled musical begs the question of how we create a path for ourselves, have a regular life, and still somehow move the world around us.”

The musical is directed and produced by Fecho. The music director and conductor is Melissa Crotty. The production stage manager and line producer is Sara Huard.

Genesius actor and Antietam High School senior Ellen Rochlin, 17, who has been in many Genesius productions since age 11, is the choreographer for the production.

“Genesius has always been about fostering youth in the performing arts and Ms. Rochlin is a glowing example of the opportunities we offer young people in our community if they exhibit the talents required to move forward in those special directions,” stated the theater in the release.

Other team members include master carpenter Randall Hauk, costume designers Dara Tatarowicz and Cathy Miller, scenic artist Marjory Ewald, sound designer Albert Garcia, and assistant stage manager Abigail Hellwig. Lighting design is by Thomas Hudson of Scary Good Productions and hair and wig design is by Diane Keck of Thanx Hair Artistry.

View the full show playbill at a week before the new show opens.

Show dates are Feb. 9 to 18 at 7:30 p.m. Additional Sunday matinees are Feb. 11 and Feb. 18 at 3 p.m. The show runs 90 minutes without an intermission. Tickets are $15 to $32.50. For tickets and additional information, visit

Suggested for ages 10 and older, the show is rated PG-13 for adult situations, language and sensual situations. The production uses haze, projections, and strobe light effects.

Genesius and the DoubleTree by Hilton offer a free-parking shuttle program. Park for free in the DoubleTree garage, have dinner or lunch at the DoubleTree, and get shuttled to and from the show. Purchase show tickets separately on the Genesius website and call the DoubleTree for dinner reservations two-hours prior to show time to participate in the free-parking shuttle program.

A nonprofit organization, Genesius Theatre is located at 153 N. 10th St., Reading, and is handicapped accessible. Free parking is available (limited spaces available) next to the theatre. Overflow parking is available at Walnut and Moss Street. For more information, call the theatre at 610-371-8151.

Source: Berkshire mont

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