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Brandon Uranowitz, Denée Benton, and Grey Henson star in the Jonathan Larson musical, directed by Neil Patrick Harris.

Brandon Uranowitz and company of tick, tick... BOOM! Teresa Castracane

A new production of Jonathan Larson's tick, tick...BOOM! is onstage at Washington, D.C.'s Kennedy Center through February 4, and the reviews are in. See what critics are saying about the production below. Tony winner Neil Patrick Harris is directing.

Starring are Brandon Uranowitz as Jon, Denée Benton as Susan, and Grey Henson as Michael. The staging newly adds an ensemble to the show, comprised here by Kennedy Caughell, Kevin Moon Loh, Yael "Yaya" Reich, and Nikhil Saboo.

The musical follows the young composer during a milestone birthday in 1990, through his theatrical ambitions and his relationships and friendships against the backdrop of the AIDS epidemic. The work started life as a “rock monologue” that Larson, best known for his Broadway musical Rent, performed as a solo show. Five years after his 1996 death, the work was adapted into a three-character musical, with David Auburn filling in as a script consultant. That version has since played Off-Broadway, in London, and at theatres around the world. Lin-Manuel Miranda directed a 2021 film adaptation for Netflix starring Andrew Garfield.

Read the reviews below.

DC Theater Arts (Jared Strange)

The Georgetown Dish (Peter Rosenstein)

TheaterMania (Keith Loria)

The Washington Post (Chris Klimek)*

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Playbill will continue to update this list as reviews come in.

Best known as a Tony-winning screen and stage actor, Harris previously directed productions of Rent at The Hollywood Bowl, The Expert at the Card Table at the Broad Stage Theater, and Nothing to Hide at The Geffen Playhouse, along with an episode of How I Met Your Mother, the TV series Harris starred in from 2005-2014.

The Kennedy Center production, part of its Broadway Center Stage series, features choreography by Paul McGill, music supervision by Stephen Oremus, music direction by Ben Cohn, scenic and projection design by Paul Tate dePoo III, video and projection design by Nathan Scheuer, costume design by Andrea Hood, lighting design by Cory Pattak, and sound design by Haley Parcher. Casting is by JZ Casting.

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Photos: The Kennedy Center’s tick, tick... BOOM!

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