By Lexie Kauffman ’22
Jonathan Larson, a name that is royalty in specific circles. The famous composer and playwright is the creator of the popular musical, Rent. Although Rent was his claim to fame, Larson also wrote, composed, and performed in an autobiographical musical: Tick, Tick…Boom!
Tick, Tick, Boom! was Larson’s solo work in 1990, but after his untimely death in 1996, David Auburn revamped it into a three-actor-piece for Broadway and the West End. It follows the story of a thirty-year-old named Jon, based on Jonathan Larson, a young theater composer who experiences life in New York City as an artist.
Now, in 2021, the story is getting new life breathed into it by world-renowned actor, singer, rapper, producer, playwright, and composer Lin Manuel Miranda.
On November 10, 2021, the film adaptation will hit theaters. One week later on November 19, the film will become available to Netflix subscribers.
The Netflix movie will star Andrew Garfield, best known for his work as The Amazing Spider-Man, as Jon. Vanessa Hudgens, Jordan Fisher, Alexandria Shipp, and Bradley Whitford are also among the star-studded cast.
Despite his extensive resume, including projects like Hamilton and In the Heights, this film is Miranda’s feature film directorial debut. Even though this may be Miranda’s first directorial experience in film, fans can trust the Broadway-alumni with the story of such a beloved feature.
You can find Tick, Tick…Boom on Netflix or at a theater near you in November. The trailer is streaming now on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJserno8tyU&scrlybrkr=4c44218b