Music theater fans were happy to hear that Jonathan Larsen‘s (Rent) first off-broadway hit musical, tick, tick … BOOM! was adapted to the screen, and now that we’re ticking closer to the film’s release, the streaming service is finally giving us a look. The movie is coming to Netflix on November 12, but you can catch a glimpse now in the new music video for the opening song, “30/90”. The short video shows us a song and piano playing Andrew Garfield (The amazing Spider-Man), who will star in the musical’s lead role as Jonathan Larson, backed by a band on a small Off-Broadway stage to a packed house.
Directed by Hamilton and In the Heights star and creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, tick, tick … BOOM! follows the semi-autobiographical story of the upcoming playwright Jonathan Larson as his 30th birthday creeps over the horizon in 1990. In the film, Larson has been working on his debut musical for several years and has not found his way into the industry yet. He has a daily job at a restaurant and wonders if he will ever find the success he is looking for. Surrounded by a supportive group of friends and colleagues, who are portrayed by a star-studded lineup incl. Alexandra Shipp (jexic), Robin of Jesus (The boys in the band), Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical), Jordan Fisher (To all the boys: PS I still love you), Bradley Whitford (The west wing), and MJ Rodriguez (Pose), Larson finds his way from the twenties to the thirties and redefines what success means to him.
The original musical was performed as a solo piece by Larson himself on the Off-off Broadway stages at the Second Stage Theater in Manhattan. The young composer would perform the piece under different titles over the years until he moved on to his next project, Rent. Rent was a great success, but unfortunately Larson would never see the fruits of his labor. He died at a young age of 35 d Rent‘s first Off-Broadway preview show. Rent became a Broadway sensation and tick, tick … BOOM! was brought back to the stages on Broadway with new adaptations over the following years, most recently in 2016. Many were touched by Larson’s musical heritage, including Miranda, who saw Rent on his seventeenth birthday in 1997, which prompted him to start writing his very own musicals.
Rent-heads unfamiliar with tick, tick … BOOM! will recognize much of the late playwright in Garfield’s filming of the lead role (especially his hair). They also want to hear a little bit of Rent in the music for this show about getting older.
Whether you’re new to Larson and his songs or a longtime fan, tick, tick … BOOM! will definitely warm your heart with a story that will resonate with many, and songs that need to get stuck in your head. Watch the music video below and tune in tick, tick … BOOM! when it blows up on Netflix on November 12th.
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Also starring Matthew Goode, Annabelle Wallis and Kirby Howell-Baptiste, the film hits theaters and AMC + on December 3rd.
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