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 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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