Genesius Theatre to kick off 2024 season with Jonathan Larson’s ‘tick, tick … BOOM!’

Genesius Theatre is set to launch its much-anticipated 2024 Season with the exhilarating rock musical “tick, tick … BOOM!” by Jonathan Larson, the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning composer of the iconic “Rent.” Running from February 9 through 18, this semi-autobiographical production offers audiences a glimpse into Larson’s journey and the birth of his Broadway dreams.

Featuring an electrifying score, including memorable tunes such as “30/90,” “Comet to Your Senses,” “No More,” and the Sondheim-inspired “Sunday,” the musical originally took shape as a solo rock-monologue by Larson in 1990. Following his untimely death in 1996, the production underwent a transformation by playwright David Auburn, premiering Off-Broadway in 2001 and gaining renewed popularity after the 2021 Netflix adaptation.

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“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,” said Genesius Artistic Director L J Fecho. “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.”

Photo courtesy of Genesius Theatre: Don Carrick of Studio 413 – Special thanks to The American Diner for location shots. (L-R) Colleen Klahr, Alessandra Fanelli, Kevin Latanzio, Daniel Graf, Leandra Mateo-Torres, Whitney Shur, & Jahlil Little, in the Genesius Production of Jonathan Larson’ tick, tick… BOOM opening February 9th at the 10th & Walnut playhouse.

With a seasoned cast including Genesius veterans Daniel Graf, Cecilia Cooper, and Corey Clark, alongside newcomer Alessandra Fanelli, “tick, tick … BOOM!” promises an intimate exploration of Larson’s life and creative process.

Adding a touch of youth to the creative team, 17-year-old Ellen Rochlin, a longstanding Genesius performer and high school senior, takes on the role of choreographer. Rochlin’s involvement reflects Genesius’ commitment to nurturing young talents in the community.

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Genesius has also partnered with DoubleTree by Hilton, offering a unique Park/Dinner/Shuttle/Show/Shuttle program, providing audiences with a seamless experience of dining and entertainment.

For those environmentally conscious and looking to reduce paper waste, Genesius offers an online show program on their website, providing a vibrant and interactive playbill experience.

As a 501-C-3 Non-profit organization, Genesius Theatre invites patrons to experience “tick, tick … BOOM!” at 153 N. 10th St., Reading, PA. Tickets range from $15.00 to $32.50, with performances on February 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, and 18, 2024. Sunday matinees on February 11 and 18 start at 3:00 p.m., while evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. The show is rated PG-13 for adult situations, language, and sensual content, suggested for ages 10 and above, with a running time of 90 minutes without intermission.

For ticket purchases and additional information, visit genesiusdifference.org or call 610.371.8151. Don’t miss this opportunity to witness the magic of Jonathan Larson’s “tick, tick … BOOM!” as it marks the beginning of Genesius Theatre’s 2024 Season.

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