Lin-Manuel Miranda, Karen Olivo and Leslie Odom Jr. Star in Encores! Off-Center's tick, ticků BOOM!

By Andrew Gans
25 Jun 2014

Leslie Odom Jr. and Lin-Manuel Miranda
Leslie Odom Jr. and Lin-Manuel Miranda
Photo by Joan Marcus

Jonathan Larson's tick, tick… BOOM!, the opening show of City Center's Encores! Off-Center series of landmark Off-Broadway musicals, plays the New York City venue June 25-28.

The limited engagement is directed by Oliver Butler with choreography by Camille A. Brown and music direction by Chris Fenwick.

Tony winners Lin-Manuel Miranda and Karen Olivo and Leslie Odom Jr. ("Smash") comprise the cast.

Olivo, who left New York City last year to pursue other interests, recently spoke with Playbill.com about her stage retun.



Jeanine Tesori is the artistic director of Encores! Off-Center.

Tick, tick… BOOM!, which has book, music and lyrics by the late Jonathan Larson, features script consultancy by David Auburn and vocal arrangements and orchestrations by Stephen Oremus.

The work is described as "an autobiographical musical by the Pulitzer Prize­ and Tony Award­-winning composer of Rent. First performed as a solo rock monologue by Larson in 1990, it is the story of an aspiring composer who questions his life choices on the eve of his thirtieth birthday."

After Larson's untimely death, it was revamped by playwright David Auburn as a three-actor piece and premiered Off-Broadway June 13, 2001, at the Jane Street Theatre, featuring Raúl Esparza as Jon. Its London production in 2005 starred Neil Patrick Harris.

Tickets begin at $25 and can be purchased at the New York City Center Box Office (West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues), through CityTix at (212) 581-1212 or online at NYCityCenter.org.

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Karen Olivo, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Leslie Odom Jr.
Photo by Joan Marcus