“Rent” Creator Jonathan Larson’s “Tick Tick… Boom!” to Star Andrew Garfield

The ubiquitous Lin-Manuel Miranda makes his directorial debut with "Tick Tick... Boom!"
Tick Tick Boom Lin-Manuel Miranda

Jonathan Larson was a struggling composer and performer in New York City who was about to be propelled to stardom with “Rent” before dying in 1996 the night before previews were to begin at the New York Theatre Workshop. One of the show he created as an up-and-comer, a “rock monologue” first titled “30/90”, then “Boho Days”, then “Tick Tick… Boom!”, was reconceived after his death as a three-person show and debuted in 2001 (Molly Ringwald, a close friend of Jonathan’s, was a replacement in the role of Susan).

Lin-Manuel Miranda performed “Tick Tick… Boom!” in an Encores! production in 2014 and now will be directing a movie version for Netflix, starring Andrew Garfield. No information yet on a release date nor other cast members. However, Steven Levenson, who wrote the book of “Dear Evan Hansen”, is adapting the script.

Here’s a rare clip of Jonathan himself performing a number from “Tick”:

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