Netflix’s film tick, tick…BOOM! about the life of Jonathan Larson is a film that producer Julie Oh needed to make. Featuring the directorial debut of Lin Manuel Miranda, the film tells the autobiographical story of Larson just before he changed the landscape of theater with Rent.
Recently, Jorgie had the opportunity to speak with Oh about developing this film, and she talked about how much this story resonated with her when she first saw it performed as a three-person show, her determination to adapt it into a feature film, and working with Lin Manuel Miranda.
Check out Jorgie’s interview with Julie Oh below, his review of tick, tick…BOOM! and watch the film streaming on Netflix now!
Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda makes his feature directorial debut with tick, tick…BOOM!, an adaptation of the autobiographical musical by Jonathan Larson, who revolutionized theater as the creator of Rent. The film follows Jon (Academy Award nominee and Tony Award winner Andrew Garfield), 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, who dreams of an artistic life beyond New York City; from his friend Michael, 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? tick, tick…BOOM! stars Academy Award nominee & Tony Award winner Andrew Garfield, Alexandra Shipp, Tony Award nominee Robin de Jesús, Tony Award nominee Joshua Henry, Emmy nominee MJ Rodriguez, Emmy Award winner Bradley Whitford, Tariq Trotter, with Emmy and Tony Award winner Judith Light, and Vanessa Hudgens. The film is written by Tony Award winner Steven Levenson, and produced by Academy Award winners Brian Grazer and Ron Howard for Imagine Entertainment, Julie Oh, and Lin-Manuel Miranda
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