The Verdict: Critics Review Encores! tick, tick... BOOM!

The Verdict   The Verdict: Critics Review Encores! tick, tick... BOOM!
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.
Leslie Odom Jr. and Lin-Manuel Miranda
Leslie Odom Jr. and Lin-Manuel Miranda Photo by Joan Marcus

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.

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."

The critics have filed their reviews and has collected them for our readers. Click through to read them all. will continue to update our list as the reviews come in.

Read's first-hand coverage of the show here.


New York Daily News

New York Magazine/Vulture

New York Post

New York Times

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


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