June 11, 2021

Andrew Garfield is Jonathan Larson in Netflix's tick, tick... BOOM!

 Andrew Garfield is a hopeful musician and playwright in the film adaptation of the Broadway musical "tick, tick... BOOM!" Aside from being a great wonderful adaptation relevant to our time, it is also the first directorial debut of Lin-Manuel Miranda!

Tick, tick... BOOM! follows the autobiography of Jonathan Larson,  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 (Alexandra Shipp), who dreams of an artistic life beyond New York City; from his friend Michael (Robin de Jesús), 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?”

Andrew Garfield as Jonathan Larson

The musical is also performed by Jonathan Larson as a solo work in 1990, before it was revamped into a 2001 Off-Broadway musical by playwright David Auburn following Larson’s tragic death. “Rent” opened on Broadway in the meantime, making the late Larson a musical theater phenomenon. Watch the trailer below:

Tick, tick... BOOM comes to theaters this fall and on Netflix in memoriam of Jonathan Larson's 25th death anniversary.

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