Jonathan Larson s autobiographical musical of a success-starved artist, fast (and frustratedly) approaching his 30th birthday. It s the week of Jonathan s 30th Birthday. His girlfriend wants to get married and move out of the city - Tick... His best friend has bought a BMW and is moving uptown - Tick... and Jon s waiting tables, trying to write the great American musical, and feeling the pressure to choose between holding onto dreams or selling out for money - Boom! Jonathan Larson, who tragically died of an aortic aneurysm shortly before the opening of his huge smash hit Rent, first conceived of Tick, Tick...Boom! in 1990 as a one man musical monologue about a young composer on the brink of turning 30. David Auburn (who also wrote Proof) has taken Larson s multi-character musical monologue and turned it into a show for 3 actors portraying numerous characters.