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Runs May 10Jun 16, 2024
Book, Music & Lyrics by Jonathan Larson
Script Consulting by David Auburn
Vocal Arrangements and Orchestrations by Stephen Oremus
Directed and Choreographed by Cindy Goldfield, Musical Direction by Ben Prince

Now Extended to June 16th!

From the creator of Rent, the musical that defined a generation, comes the story of a young composer on the eve of his 30th birthday. Struggling to write the next great American musical, Jon can feel the time to make his mark on the world slipping away. As the people he loves move on to new careers and new places, Jon is faced with a choice: find security or follow his destiny. With Jonathan Larson’s trademark style of pop-rock score blended with traditional musical theatre, this exuberant and charming tale will speak to anyone who’s ever gotten lost on their way to finding their dreams.

About 90 minutes with no intermission  l  Read the show program.

Fees included in all ticket prices.

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  • We guarantee these heart-pounding songs will live in your head rent-free
  • Experiencing a quarter-life, mid-life, or just plain existential crisis? This hidden gem musical will sing to you
  • This musical is like Rent’s older brother – it grapples with the identity of artists as they move past day-to-day survival and into what the rest of their lives will look like


“Deliciously delightful…a compelling, entertaining tribute to a composer who in fact did shake up the world” – Theatre Eddys

“Witty and brilliant…bubbling, brilliant, up-beat tribute to young talent” – Theatrius

“Excellent production…beautifully directed production…The cast is superb” – Broadway World

“A pocketful of sunshine…sweet stopped-clock timelessness” – Bay Area Reporter

“Superb directorial work…a delight to watch” – Talkin’ Broadway



“A thrill to see and hear” – The New York Times

“Moving and amusing portrait of a struggling artist” – The Hollywood Reporter

“Songs are melodic and instantly appealing” – Variety

“Charming, touching, relevant” – New York Theatre Guide


  • May 10 – June 9: Full run
  • May 10 – 17: Pay-what-you-wish Previews
  • May 15, 22, 29, and June 5: Rising Talent Wednesdays featuring SF Conservatory of Music students! Enjoy live music pre-show from 6:30-7:30pm
  • May 17: Live pre-show music from Queer Chorus of San Francisco, the nation’s oldest self-identified LGBT mixed chorus, starting at 7:30pm
  • May 18: Opening Night
  • May 23: Enhanced Safety Performance with masks enforced
  • May 26: Post-Show Discussion

Rising Talent Wednesdays
NCTC has partnered with SF Conservatory of Music to celebrate the rising talent of tomorrow. Enjoy live music on Wednesday nights from the below artists:

Nico Colucci (Sax)
Playing on May 15 & June 5th
Nicco is a 19 year old, young up and coming musical artist that devotes his life to his craft. He currently studies with the greats in the world of jazz and music, including Joshua Redman, David Sanchez, Tony Peebles, and many of the members of the SFJAZZ Collective.

Alan Jones (Bassist) and Ayden Johnson (Alto Sax)
Playing on May 22 & 29th
Alan is a 19 year-old Bassist and Composer from Denver, Colorado dedicated to honoring the legacy of Black American Music through performance and composition.

Jonathan Larson (Book, Music, and Lyrics, pronouns: he/him) was an American composer, lyricist, and playwright who created the mega-hit musical Rent, which went on to win a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, multiple Tony Awards, and Drama Desk Awards, and New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Musical.

David Auburn (Script Consultant, pronouns: he/him) is best known for his Tony Award-winning play, Proof, in addition to screenplays for The Lake House, The Girl in the Park, and Georgetown.

Stephen Oremus (Vocal Arrangements and Orchestrations, pronouns: he/him) has composed music for many award-winning Broadway theatre productions including Avenue Q, Wicked, The Book of Mormon, and Kinky Boots.

Catalina Kumiski (pronouns: she/her)
Chris Morrell (pronouns: he/him)
Marcus J. Paige (pronouns: he/him)
Gwynnevere Cristobal (pronouns: she/her/they/them)
Understudy, Susan
Edu González-Maldonado (pronouns: he/him)
Understudy, Michael
Kyle Stoner (pronouns: he/him)
Understudy, Jon

Season Producers: Michael Golden & Michael Levy, Robert Holgate, Lowell Kimble, Ted Tucker
Executive Producers: Norman Abramson, Alan Ferrara & Dr. Allan P. Gold, William Giammona & Dennis Lickteig, Randall Shields & Harrison Yeoh, Andrew Smith & Brian Savard, Frank Yellin & Mark Showalter
Producers: Bill Baird, Andrew Leas & Bong Villa-leas, Charles Renfroe, AJ Shepard & Anthony Chiu