Netflix just unveiled the official tick, tick… BOOM teaser for the upcoming film adaptation of Jonathan Larson’s “tick, tick… BOOM” starring Andrew Garfield and directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA makes his feature directorial debut with tick, tick…BOOM!, an adaptation of the autobiographical musical by JONATHAN LARSON, who revolutionized theater as the creator of RENT. The film follows Jon (Academy Award nominee and Tony Award winner Andrew Garfield), a young theater composer who’s waiting tables at a New York City diner in 1990 while writing what he hopes will be the next great American musical. Days before he’s due to showcase his work in a make-or-break performance, Jon is feeling the pressure from everywhere: from his girlfriend Susan, who dreams of an artistic life beyond New York City; from his friend
Michael, who has moved on from his dream to a life of financial security; amidst an artistic community being ravaged by the AIDS epidemic. With the clock ticking, Jon is at a crossroads and faces the question everyone must reckon with: What are we meant to do with the time we have?
In 1990, as 30-year old Larson was working with his RENT masterpiece, he originated tick, tick… BOOM! as a one-man “rock monologue” with the title “Boho Days”. He developed the show further, renamed it tick, tick…BOOM!, and performed it at the Village Gate and the New York Theater Workshop on December 14, 1992. It has then been performed off-Broadway, London, Canada, and also toured the US before its revivals in 2014 starring Lin-Manuel Miranda as Jon and the 2016 Off-Broadway Revival with Nick Blaemire as the lead. Other actors who played Jon include Raul Esparza, Neil Patrick Harris, and in Philippine productions by Jett Pangan and Jef Flores.
The film adaptation of “tick, tick…BOOM!” cast also includes Alexandra Shipp, Tony Award nominee Robin de Jesus, Tony Award nominee Joshua Henry, MJ Rodriguez, Emmy Award winner Bradley Whitford, Tariq Trotter, with Emmy and Tony Award winner Judith Light and Vanessa Hudgens.
The film’s screenplay is by Tony Award winner Steven Levenson with Brian Grazer and Ron Howard as producers for Imagine Entertainment, Julie Oh, and Lin-Manuel Miranda. It will be released in select theaters and on Netflix this fall.