On the Radar: Jobsite's tick, tick ... BOOM!, by RENT producer Jonathan Larson

Even though the costumes may be tragic (it's set in the early '90s) this musical will have you dancing in your seat, with its unique blend of pop and musical theater styles, and remind you of what it's like to hold onto your dreams even when everything around you seems to be going wrong. All proceeds are donated to the American Cancer Society. (Pictured: Michael Indeglio, Alison Burns and Fred Ross in tick, tick ... BOOM!. Photo courtesy Jobsite Theater) May 21-29, 11 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. MacInnes Place, Tampa, $15, free for Jobsite season ticket holders, jobsitetheater.org.

Everyone and their mother has seen the Broadway smash hit RENT, so seeing Jobsite's production of the musical tick, tick ... BOOM! should be a no-brainer for theater lovers. This autobiographical story, penned by Jonathan Larson (the late playwright/composer behind RENT), takes us inside the life and mind of a struggling New York actor with a laundry list of woes: he's about to turn 30, his girlfriend is putting on the nuptial pressure and wants out of the city, he's jealous of his best friend's success on Madison Avenue, and he's stuck as the stereotypical waiter/actor trying to make it big by writing the great American musical.

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