This is REAL LIFE!!! The film adaptation of Jonathan Larson's cult pop-rock opera Tick, tick, BOOM has officially wrapped up production. Award winning creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda (in his film directing debut) took to social media to share his happiness on this dream project (even quoting a line from Larson's other notable musical RENT).

Production on the TICK, TICK, BOOM film began early in 2020 before being abruptly shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Filming resumed a month ago with ongoing set safety precautions including…..

Social Distancing,
Wearing Face Masks (especially when the cameras are not rolling),
Daily Disinfections,
Constant testing (to make sure no one has the coronavirus),
Contact Tracing,
Safety Training Seminars,
Isolation with the different departments,
&
Pre-portioned and wrapped refreshments.

The film adaptation of TICK, TICK, BOOM is expecting to feature a full all-star cast from the worlds of stage and screen. With Lin Manuel Miranda directing, distributed by Netflix, produced by Miranda, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, and Imagine Entertainment, & an updated screenplay by Tony winner Steven Levenson, the cast will star….

Tony winner & Oscar nominee Andrew Garfield as "Jon",

acclaimed singer & actress Alexandra Shipp as "Susan",

acclaimed screen & stage star Vanessa Hudgens as "Karessa Johnson",

Tony nominee Robin De Jesus as "Michael",

Tony nominee Joshua Henry as "Roger",

Tony & Emmy winner Judith Light as "Rosa Stevens",

and more.

In case anyone may not be familiar with the story, TICK, TICK, BOOM is an autobiographical pop-rock opera by the late Jonathan Larson (right before he wrote his global smash hit RENT). Set in NYC in 1990, the story follows Jonathan (nicknamed in the musical as "Jon") on the verge of turning 30 as he struggles to get his music out in the world and fearing that his career choice was a mistake. Notable songs include 30/90, SUNDAY, NO MORE, COME TO YOUR SENSES, & LOUDER THAN WORDS.

Larson first conceived the idea of the show in the mid-80's following a disappointing rejection by industry who failed to produce his futuristic musical SUPERBIA (a rock retelling of the classic George Orwell novel 1984). He initially wrote it as a one man show featuring Larson and a full rock band.

The show was first performed Off-Off Broadway as a workshop produced by Second Stage Theater in the Fall of 1990 under the initial title BOHO DAYS. Following that first workshop, he revised it in a whole year before performing the new version at the Village Gate (with college pal Victoria Leacock Hoffman producing) in November 1991. The Village Gate performance won Larson the attention by a young rising producer named Jeffrey Seller who wanted to produce many of Jonathan's shows. A few months later, Larson got the call of a lifetime with Billy Aronson to work on a new original musical that later became his groundbreaking hit…..RENT.

In 1996 following Jonathan Larson's tragic passing from an Aortic Aneurysm and RENT's whirlwind GLORY, Leacock- Hoffman teamed up with writer David Auburn to reconfigure TICK, TICK, BOOM. The musical was changed from being a one man show to a 3 person show (featuring the characters of "Jon", "Michael", and "Susan").

The revised version of TICK, TICK, BOOM had its world premiere Off Broadway in 2001 at the Jane Street Theater for an 8 month run. Under the direction of Scott Schwartz ,and choreography by future Tony winner Christopher Gattelli, the cast featured….

Raúl E. Esparza (later Joey McIntyre) as "Jon",

Jerry Dixon as "Michael",

and

Amy Spanger (later Molly Ringwald and Natascia Diaz) as "Susan".

The Off Broadway premiere of TICK, TICK, BOOM was nominated for 7 Drama Desk Awards (including OUTSTANDING NEW MUSICAL) in 2001. However, it lost all the categories. It did however went on to win the Outer Circle Critics Award for OUTSTANDING OFF BROADWAY MUSICAL.

Following the success of its Off Broadway run, TICK, TICK, BOOM went on to become a worldwide hit for all Jonathan Larson fans everywhere. Productions went on to be played on Tour across America, in London's West End, and in many different countries playing their native languages.

The recent Off Broadway revival of the show happened in 2016 at the Acorn Theater at Theater Row for a limited engagement. Under the direction of Jonathan Silverstein, this cast featured…

Nick Blaemire as "Jon",

George Salazar as "Michael",

and

Ciara Renée (later Lilli Cooper) as "Susan".

In addition to its Off Broadway run, TICK, TICK, BOOM was performed as a concert production for New York City Center Encores' Off-Series back in 2014. The cast featured 3 of the most incredible talents of the Great White Way who all later went on to a little show called Hamilton. Under the direction of Oliver Butler, the cast featured Tony winners….

the film's director himself Lin Manuel Miranda as "Jon",

Leslie Odom Jr. as "Michael",

and

Karen Olivo as "Susan".

No official details have been made for the release of the new TICK TICK BOOM film.

Who is excited for this inspiring story about those dealing with rejection heading to the big screen?!!

Photo: Lin-Manuel Miranda Reveals TICK, TICK…BOOM! Has Wrapped Filming

Lin-Manuel Miranda announced yesterday that the upcoming film adaptation of Tick, Tick…Boom! has wrapped filming. 

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