First Glance: “Tick, Tick… Boom!”

These days everything Lin-Manuel Miranda touches turns to gold. We’ll get to see if that trend continues later this year with the real ease of “Tick, Tick… Boom!”, an upcoming musical drama that will mark the 41-year-old New Yorker’s feature film directorial debut. The movie is based on the stage musical of the same name by the late Jonathan Larson. It has been called an autobiographical work about Larson’s struggle to make it in theater. Sadly he died tragically in 1996. He was only 35. The first trailer dropped today courtesy of Netflix.

“Tick, Tick… Boom!” adds some extra detail but it looks to be the same story at heart. Scripted by Steven Levenson, the film stars Andrew Garfield as Jon. He’s an aspiring theater composer who finds himself amid a midlife crisis as he nears his 30th birthday. In a clip we see Garfield singing romantically about the Bohemian lifestyle, yet deep down Jon doesn’t feel a day closer to reaching his dreams than when he first started. It makes for a potentially compelling story. The film also stars Vanessa Hudgens, Robin de Jesús, Alexandra Shipp, Judith Light, and Bradley Whitford. Again, will Miranda’s hot streak continue?

“Tick, Tick… Boom!” is set for a Fall release. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.

4 thoughts on “First Glance: “Tick, Tick… Boom!”

  1. I think I’ll like this Andrew Garfield more than I will the one in The Eyes of Tammy Faye. (The latter is sending up all kinds of red flags to me.)

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