Neil Patrick Harris set to direct 'tick, tick... BOOM!' at The Kennedy Center

Aug 29, 2023
tick, tick... BOOM! at The Kennedy Center in DC

The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has revealed that the acclaimed Emmy and Tony Award recipient and New York Times bestselling writer, Neil Patrick Harris, will direct the Broadway Center Stage rendition of Jonathan Larson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "tick, tick... BOOM!" Owing to a scheduling shift, the show will grace the Eisenhower Theater at the Center from January 26 to February 4, 2024. Additionally, "Bye Bye Birdie" is set for June 6-16, 2024, followed by "Nine" from August 2-11, 2024.

tick, tick... BOOM! at The Kennedy Center

Before there was RENT... there was tick, tick... BOOM!, Jonathan Larson's explosive musical about life, death, and the necessity of art. The semi-autobiographical story follows Jon, a composer struggling to break into New York City's theater scene. This intimate, three-actor production boasts unforgettable songs including "30/90," "Johnny Can't Decide," and the Sondheim-inspired "Sunday."

"Tick, tick.... Boom! has always held a special place in my heart, so revisiting this incredible show as the director is a thrilling new challenge," said Neil Patrick Harris. "It's an honor to debut this work at the Kennedy Center, and with Jonathan's iconic music, story, and inspirational message, this new take on tick, tick....BOOM! should be well worth watching."

"Neil Patrick Harris is one of the most incredible and versatile talents in the entertainment industry and our Broadway community. Knowing he starred in the original London production of tick, tick...BOOM! and has such a deep connection to the material-and that he had previously directed Jonathan's work such as RENT at the Hollywood Bowl-illuminated to me that Neil was the obvious choice to re-envision this electric show. Our tick, tick....BOOM! will be a fresh new take on this timeless musical," said Broadway Center Stage Artistic Director and Kennedy Center Vice President and Executive Producer of Theater, Jeffrey Finn.