Tick, tick…BOOM!

“Tick, Tick…BOOM!” is a musical about art and the process of creating. Andrew Garfield is an award-winning actor who plays the passionate and talented artist Larson. In addition to his acting ability, Garfield is a natural singer. This intimate production is a welcome change from the big show musicals we’re so used to.

The film pays tribute to the musical theater creators who inspired the film’s plot and characters. Musical theater titans Oscar Hammerstein and Stephen Sondheim are both honored, as is Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of “Hamilton.” In addition to being a musical, “Tick, Tick…BOOM!” is a tribute to the enduring power of musical theater.

Larson’s story is one of perseverance. When he was rejected from Superbia, he was filled with despair, not believing that his own future was bright. With the benefit of hindsight, Miranda re-wrote the script with the perspective of a working artist who has already seen the light. Larson saw a decaying New York, but Miranda sees it about to change. Both understand the importance of making a mark while you can.

The musical premiered on March 11, 2010, in Kerpen, near Cologne. It was first performed in 1991 as a workshop at the Second Stage Theater in New York. Later, it was produced at the New York Theatre Workshop and the Village Gate. The actors in the show include Oliver Morschel as Jon, Sascha Odendall as Michael, and Joshua Vithayathil as Susan.

The film opens in limited theaters on Nov. 12 and will be on Netflix Nov. 19. It has already received positive reviews and has been named one of the best films of 2021 by the American Film Institute. It also received nominations for the Academy Award and Golden Globe for Andrew Garfield’s performance.

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