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tick, tick … BOOM!

The title "tick, tick ... BOOM!" with a birthday cake that has been nearly flattened by a large, cartoonish bomb among the candles.
August 20 – September 18, 2022
On the U.S. Bank Main Stage
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Single tickets go on sale August 2.

If you love Rent, you’ll love this raw, hilarious, genre-cracking rock musical.

Before he electrified the world with Rent, Jonathan Larson was a young man struggling to make his mark in the theater. While he waits tables and seeks his big break, the pressure to give it all up grows as Jon approaches his 30th birthday. Will he sell out to keep the lights on? Will he lose the love of his life? Will he finally write the soaring song that can change everything? And if he does, will anyone be there to see it? Set in 1990 and scored by the music that redefined a genre, tick, tick … BOOM! cracks open the ticking-time-bomb world of creating theater to celebrate the power of finding your voice and holding on to a dream.

“Larson’s songs thrum with the intense feeling, larky humor, and musical vitality that are the hallmark of enduring theater. Heart-grabbing.” –The New York Times

tick, tick … BOOM!

  • Book, Music & Lyrics by Jonathan Larson
  • Directed by Marissa Wolf
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August First Thursday with ​Pura Vida Orquesta

Thu, Aug 4, 5 p.m.  •  FREE

Celebrate the August First Thursday with Pura Vida Orquesta! They'll be playing a mix of Salsa, Timba, Cumbia, Latin Jazz, and other Latin rhythms.

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