Cygnet Theatre Presents “tick, tick… BOOM!”: A Journey of Passion and Perseverance

This summer, the Cygnet Theatre in Old Town San Diego is set to electrify audiences with the compelling and autobiographical musical, “tick, tick… BOOM!” by Jonathan Larson. Running from July 3 to August 4, 2024, this production offers a glimpse into the early struggles and triumphs of the creator of “Rent,” one of the most influential musicals of our time.

Directed and choreographed by the talented Katie Banville, with musical direction by Dr. Randi Rudolph, the Cygnet Theatre’s rendition of “tick, tick… BOOM!” promises to be a captivating and emotional journey. The narrative follows Jon, a young composer on the brink of his 30th birthday, as he navigates the pressures of career, love, and the relentless pursuit of his dreams. Set in 1990, Jon’s story is scored by Larson’s powerful and genre-defining music, filled with intense emotion, humor, and vitality.

A Story of Aspiration and Heartbreak

Before achieving global fame with “Rent,” Jonathan Larson was a struggling artist, waiting tables by day and composing by night, desperate to leave his mark on the theater world. “tick, tick… BOOM!” is his semi-autobiographical tale, capturing the essence of his journey with raw honesty and poignant reflection. As Jon faces the looming decision of whether to continue chasing his artistic dreams or to abandon them for a more stable life, the audience is invited into the intimate and often tumultuous world of a creative mind.

Creative Team

  • Book, Music & Lyrics: Jonathan Larson
  • Director & Choreographer: Katie Banville
  • Musical Director: Dr. Randi Rudolph

The creative synergy between Banville and Rudolph promises to bring Larson’s score to life in a way that is both faithful to his vision and innovative in its presentation. Banville’s direction and choreography are expected to infuse the production with dynamic energy, while Rudolph’s musical direction will ensure that Larson’s iconic music resonates deeply with every note.

Critical Acclaim

“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

This endorsement from The New York Times highlights the enduring appeal of Larson’s work and underscores the emotional impact of his compositions, which are sure to strike a chord with audiences at the Cygnet Theatre.


“tick, tick… BOOM!” is recommended for audiences aged 13 and above due to strong language, suggestive material, and drug references. These elements are integral to the authenticity of the story and the portrayal of Jon’s real-life challenges and experiences.

Join Us

Don’t miss the opportunity to experience this inspiring and heartfelt musical that delves into the ticking-time-bomb world of creating theater. “tick, tick… BOOM!” is more than a musical; it’s a celebration of finding your voice, holding onto your dreams, and the unyielding passion that drives us all.

Tickets for “tick, tick… BOOM!” at the Cygnet Theatre are on sale now. Secure your seats for a performance that promises to be as thought-provoking as it is entertaining.

Dates – July 3 to August 4, 2024

Phone – (619) 337-1525

Address – 4040 Twiggs St, San Diego, CA 92110