Jonathan Larson’s Tick, Tick…Boom! is now streaming on Netflix.
This film adaptation is based on the late composer Larson’s autobiographical Off-Broadway musical of the same name which features a fictionalized account of his life before his musical Rent became a runaway hit. The show premiered Off-Broadway in 2001 with Raúl Esparza as the lead and then had a 2016 revival starring Nick Blaemire.
The film stars Andrew Garfield (Angels in America) as the titular character Jon, who experiences an existential crisis on the eve of his thirtieth birthday in 1990. While he works as a waiter at a New York Diner, Jon has also been composing his original rock musical for the last eight years. Just days before he showcases his work, Jon feels incredible pressure to live a certain way from everyone and everywhere as the days goes by and as the clock continues to tick.
Starring alongside Garfield are Alexandra Shipp, Vanessa Hudgens, Robin de Jesús, Joshua Henry, MJ Rodriguez, Bradley Whitford, Tariq Trotter, and Judith Light.
The film is directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda, making his directorial debut and features a screenplay by Steven Levenson (Dear Evan Hansen) and choreography by Ryan Heffington. Miranda played Jon in the 2014 Encores! concert version of the show.
Tick, Tick… Boom! had its world premiere at the AFI (American Film Institute) Fest on November 10, 2021, and was released in selected theaters on November 12, 2021, before streaming on Netflix starting today.
You can listen to the full soundtrack below.