Lin-Manuel Miranda is in high demand, and Netflix did that Hamilton Star for his own upcoming original film, Tick, tick … boom!. Here’s everything you need to know so far about the musical biopic due out on Netflix in Fall 2021.
The project was first launched in June 2019 by Netflix via the. announced Media center and described the film as an acquisition.
Let’s start with the TL: DR facts about the movie before we dive into the nitty-gritty:
- Lin-Manuel Miranda will direct what will be his directorial debut and is currently not starring.
- Tick, tick … boom is a biographical musical by the playwright Jonathan Larson, creator of the hit musical, Rental fee.
- The Netflix movie will be based on the stage version. Steven Levenson is writing the script.
- Not appearing on Netflix until 2021.
When is Tick, tick … BOOM! come to Netflix?
An exact release date has not yet been set, but thanks to the release of the teaser trailer we can confirm that Tick, Tick… BOOM! hits Netflix this fall.
Who is behind it? Tick, tick … boom?
Netflix is funding the film, of course, but Imagine Entertainment is behind the project. The company is led by Ron Howard and has had great hits over the years, including Rush, R. Edgard, Frost / Nixon, The Da Vinci Code, Inside Man and much more.
You will find the official listing for Tick, tick … boom on the Imagine Entertainment website here.
They are also the production house behind the coming one Hillbilly Elegy Film (directed by Ron Howard himself) due for release in late 2020.
Steven Levenson is behind the script adaptation of the original works. He is best known for writing on FX’s Fosse / Verdon and Showtimes Masters of Sex.
In January 2020, Theater mania reported that Ryan Heffington should choreograph the film. He is best known for working on Sias Chandelier video.
What is the musical about?
The official recap from Netflix is as follows:
“Set in 1990, Tick, tick … boom! tells the story of Jon, an aspiring theater composer, who waits for tables while writing in New York Superbia – which he hopes will be the next big American musical and finally give him his big breakthrough. Jon is also pressured by his girlfriend Susan, who is tired of continuing to put her life on hold for Jon’s career aspirations. Meanwhile, his best friend and roommate Michael has given up his creative desire for a high-paying advertising job on Madison Avenue and is about to move out. As Jon approaches his 30th birthday, he is overcome with fear – he wonders if his dream is worth the cost. “
Who Was Jonathan Larson?
American playwright and composer Jonathan Larson is best known for his Tony Award-winning musical rental fee. From a very young age and raised in Whitetail, New York, Larson was exposed to the performing arts. During his childhood he learned to play the trumpet, tuba, piano and sang in the school choir. Larson continued to do the performing arts throughout high school and eventually attended Adelphi University in Garden City, New York for a four-year scholarship.
After spending a summer on a theater program in Michigan, Larson returned to New York and moved into an apartment in Lower Manhattan. All his time in New York, Larson worked at the Moondance Diner on weekends, but was busy writing and composing music during the week. Eventually, he would work with the playwright Billy Aronson, who at the time wanted to write an update on the musical La Bohème.
Larson’s own life experience seeped onto the pages of the musical, which turned into the Tony Award-winning musical rental fee. He worked on the project for years, collaborating and editing the musical as we know it today. In a tragic twist of fate, Jonathan never witnessed the musical in its first preview performance off-Broadway, as he died unexpectedly that morning. His death was caused by an aortic dissection, which is believed to be the cause of undiagnosed Marfan’s syndrome. For the week before his death, Larson suffered from dizziness, chest pain, and shortness of breath, and doctors at Cabrini Medical Center and St. Vincent’s Hospital misdiagnosed flu and stress. Upon examination, it is believed that if Larson had been properly diagnosed and operated on, Larson would have survived.
After Larson’s death, the popularity of rental fee shot up. The playwright was posthumously awarded numerous prizes for rental fee, including the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and several Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Original Music.
Who is playing? Tick, tick … boom on Netflix?
As mentioned, Lin-Manuel Miranda will direct (which will be his directorial debut) but is not currently expected to star.
The first big cast announcements came in November 2019 when it was revealed that Vanessa Hudgens and Robin de Jesus had been cast.
Bradley Whitford will play Stephen Sondheim. NYTimes reporter Kyle Buchanan spoke with Lin-Manuel about the casting who said the following:
“The best part was emailing Steve, ‘Bradley Whitford plays you,’ and he replied, ‘I don’t know who this is, but he has a name like a Jane Austen character.'”
In July 2020, we received the news that Joanna Adler had joined the cast. She will play the role of Molly and had roles in American criminal history, The Sinner, and The black list. Not to mention her stay on Netflix Orange is the new black where she played Chaplain Royce.
– Advance Guide (@whatonnetflix) July 12, 2020
Here is the full cast list for Tick, tick … boom from July 2020:
|Judith light||Rosa Stevens|
|Bradley Whitford||Stephen Sondheim|
|Robin de Jesus||Michael|
|David Iacono||Young Michael|
|Alex D. Jennings||Lifeguard|
|Marie Rose Baramo||Fly maid|
When is Netflix filming? Tick, tick … boom?
Pre-production began shortly after the film was announced, and Lin-Manuel Miranda wasn’t preparing for the film until October 10, 2019 when he teased that he was working on the project.
Tick Tick Boom Prep is fun.
What a way to spend a day.
– Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) October 10, 2019
On October 7, 2019, we got a glimpse of the script, although most of it was blacked out.
Francisco helps edit Tick, Tick … Boom! Screenplay by tearing approximately seven pages from the director’s copy (with apologies to Steven Levenson) pic.twitter.com/R2hgB8bVf1
– Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) October 7, 2019
Filming for the series was scheduled to begin in mid-February 2020 and while filming has definitely started, it didn’t get too far before all productions were suspended due to the global coronavirus pandemic.
The musical is to be shot mainly in New York itself, not in a studio that should look like New York. Lin-Manuel Miranda is no stranger to New York City as she was born there and lived and even worked on Broadway.
The last recorded shooting date (according to Getty Images – so not the most reliable) was March 12, 2020. IMDb also has a trivia post that was filmed outside of Jonathan Larson’s former home on the day production stopped (again unchecked).
Here is a selection of the on-set photos for Tick, tick … boom.
As you can see from most of the pictures, a large part of the film is being shot in Central Park, so the dads managed to get the pictures.
That’s all we know now. We’ll update this post as soon as we get more information about the upcoming musical!
Let us know in the comments if you’re looking forward to it Tick, tick … boom to arrive on Netflix.