By the renowned creator of Hamilton and In the Heights, Lin-Manuel Miranda, this drama is an adaptation of Jonathan Larson’s autobiographical musical. Tick, tick…BOOM!, starring Andrew Garfield, Alexandra Shipp, Vanessa Hudgens, Robin de Jess, Bradley Whitford, and others, is set in 1990s New York City during the AIDS pandemic, which ripped entire neighborhoods apart.
Tick, Tick…Boom!” is a film adaptation of the late Larson’s autobiographical play, which he penned while working on “Rent,” the renowned musical theatre production that would shake the world. Larson, on the other hand, never got to see it in person; he died at the age of 35 on the morning of the show’s first off-Broadway preview performance.
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Tick Tick Boom Release Date
The official release date of the movie is yet to be announced however, we know that the movie is set to release later in 2021.
Tick Tick Boom Cast
Alexandra Shipp, Robin de Jess, Joshua Henry, MJ Rodriguez, Bradley Whitford, and Tariq Trotter of The Roots, as well as Judith Light and Vanessa Hudgens, join Garfield in a remarkable group of Broadway luminaries and Tony contenders.
The official cast of the film is as follows:
- Andrew Garfield as Jon
- Alexandra Shipp is Susan, Jon’s girlfriend whose dream is to pursue art outside of New York City.
- Robin de Jesús is Michael, Jon’s friend who’s put his dreams aside for a stable life with financial security.
- Vanessa Hudgens as Karessa
- Joshua Henry as Roger
- Bradley Whitford as Stephen Sondheim
- Judith Light as Rosa Stevens
- Joanna Adler as Molly
- Noah Robbins as Simon
- Ben Ross as Freddy
- Lauren Marcus as Donna
Tick Tick Boom Synopsis
Jon, a theatre composer keeps hearing a ticking sound in his head which he interprets as a countdown to the time he has left. He keeps hearing the call of something great and knows he has to bring that piece to life but that in itself is a mammoth task.
Larson’s thoughts over the eight days leading up to the workshop of his unproduced musical “Superbia” and his 30th birthday are explored in “Tick, Tick…Boom!” It asks how we may make the most of the time we have and captures the stress of being a struggling artist who aspires to achieve greatness.
Tick Tick Boom Production
Pre-production began soon after the film was announced, with Lin-Manuel Miranda teasing that he was working on the project as late as October 10th, 2019. The most recent filming date was March 12, 2020. On the day the production was shut down, they were filming outside Jonathan Larson’s previous home, according to IMDb. The film has been in development since 2017 and will premiere on Netflix later this fall.
Tick Tick Boom Trailer
There is no official trailer yet but we do have a teaser. In the teaser, “Rent” creator Jonathan Larson, played by Andrew Garfield, hears a ticking noise in his mind that makes him feel like he’s going to burst.
About Jonathan Larson
Jonathan Larson, an American playwright, and composer are best known for his Tony Award-winning musical Rent. Larson was exposed to the performing arts at an early age while growing up in Whitetail, New York. He learned to play the trumpet, tuba, and piano as a child and sang in the school chorus. Larson returned to New York after spending the summer in a theatre program in Michigan and settled into a Lower Manhattan flat.
Larson worked at the Moondance Diner on weekends during his time in New York but was hard at work creating and producing music during the week. Larson’s own experiences would permeate into the pages of the musical, which would eventually become the Tony Award-winning musical Rent. He spent years on the project, collaborating and editing what is now known as the musical