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    Artistic Director Eric Rosen leads “tick, tick… Boom!” for Cape Playhouse’s 97th summer.

    May 28, 2024

    The Cape Playhouse will kick off their 97th summer season in June with the acclaimed musical “tick, tick…Boom!” written by Rent’s Tony Award-winning composer Jonathan Larson. Directed by recently-appointed Artistic Director Eric Rosen in his inaugural season, tick tick…Boom! will feature Broadway stars Andy Mientus, Larry Owens, and Krystina Alabado in this semi-autobiographical rock musical. tick, tick…Boom! runs June 5 to June 15 at the historic Cape Playhouse in
    Dennis, MA where Broadway goes to summer since 1927.

    This season welcomes new Artistic Director Eric Rosen, married to Broadway actor Claybourne Elder, who is also performing in Provincetown on July 7 with their young son Bo.

    Written by Jonathan Larson, the Tony Award-winning composer of Rent, tick, tick…Boom! explores the choices we face and what comes from holding out for your dream. Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda recently directed a film version of tick, tick…Boom!, starring Andrew Garfield. Rosen first directed this production at Bucks County Playhouse in 2023, another of the original summer theaters, in a production that opened to “wonderful” reviews and was hailed as “vibrant and exuberant” and “authentic and entertaining.” Theatermania raved, “Jonathan Larson’s genius comes to life!”

    “I fell in love with Larson’s show because it speaks to the hunger and passion I felt in the beginning of my career,” said Eric Rosen. “The show was a huge hit with audiences and critics at the Bucks County Playhouse, and as soon as I knew I’d be coming to the Cape Playhouse, I invited Andy Mientus and Krystina Alabado and the whole creative team to take another step on this journey. Two new members of our production, the wonderful actor Larry Owens and the esteemed music director Andy Roninson, have their own special connection to this show–each is a recipient of the prestigious Jonathan Larson Award, a prestigious prize which recognizes the spark of talent in emerging artists. It’s fitting and beautiful to have them join our company as we celebrate Larson’s history and legacy in this show.”

    Rosen continued, “One of the stories in tick, tick…Boom! is about Susan, Jonathan’s girlfriend, wanting to move to the Cape. Another is about a childhood friendship formed on the shore in Hyannisport. I didn’t know then that the Larson family spent their summers on the Cape – a full circle realization of how perfect it is to share this show this season.”

    The musical features choreography by Paul McGill; musical direction by Andy Roninson scenic design by Jack Magaw; costume design by Devario Simmons; lighting design by Paul Miller; sound design by Jeff Sherwood; video design by Stivo Arnoczy; and production stage manager Peter Wolf.

    tick, tick…Boom! opens on June 5 and runs to June 15. First-week showtimes are Wednesdays to Saturdays at 7:30 PM with Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2:00 PM. Showtimes for the second week are Monday to Saturday at 7:30 PM and Wednesday and Thursday matinees at 2:00 PM. (Running time is 90 minutes, no intermission.) Tickets and more information are available at

    Anchoring the grounds, the Cape Playhouse is an historic landmark where so many amazing actors and actresses have performed. There is amazing history here.

    The Cape Playhouse 97th Season will continue with:

    Million Dollar Quartet (June 19-July 6), directed by Tony Award nominee Hunter Foster.
    Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (July 10-August 3), Tony, Drama Desk, and Grammy award-winning musical, directed and choreographed by Joyce Chittick and David Ruttura.
    Waitress (August 7-August 24), featuring original music and lyrics by six-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles and directed by Eric Rosen.
    The 39 Steps (August 28- September 7), a fast-paced whodunit with a cast of four playing 150 roles. Directed by Kimberly Senior.

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