Lin-Manuel Miranda is set to direct the upcoming film Tick, Tick… Boom! in his directorial debut. The film is an adaptation of the late Jonathan Larson’s autobiographical stage show of the same name. Jonathan Larson was most notable for the musical phenomenon Rent. The stage show premiered in 1996. In addition, the night the show was to open, Jonathan Larson died tragically from an undiagnosed disease. Because of this, he was never able to see the musical reach audiences. Rent follows the AIDS epidemic in New York. This is a world that Jonathan Larson was all too familiar with.
Tick, Tick… Boom! was an autobiographical musical about Larson’s personal struggles. Ironically, now he is one of the most famous names in musical theater. The new trailer for the Lin-Manuel Miranda film dropped today. It exposes more of the raw emotion than in the previous teaser.
A teaser trailer for Tick…Tick… Boom! was released earlier this year. This new musical shows a more intimate telling of Jonathan Larson’s experiences. In inspired casting, the film stars Andrew Garfield as the lead role with Vanessa Hudgens supporting.
Lin-Manuel Miranda reached success with his one semi-autobiographical stage musical In The Heights. Recently, the show was adapted for the screen. In addition, Miranda created Hamilton and acted in several projects as well. Some recent credits include HBO’s His Dark Materials. This is the next challenge for Miranda. So far the trailer appears to be on the right track. This film features original music for Larson’s show and depicts his struggle to get his musical to a showcase. The trailer shows more theatrical visuals that have been sorely missing in musical adaptations, as well. For instance, the musical will show Johnathan Larson’s perspective and imagination. The audience sees walls fall away in addition to dancing on rooftops.
This new trailer for Tick, Tick… Boom! displays an exciting new foray into musical theater from the perspective of someone who was living it. Moreover, Lin-Manuel Miranda is a perfect choice. Tick, Tick…Boom! will hit theaters and on Netflix on November 19.