Lin-Manuel Miranda on Tick, Tick, Boom and Jonathan Larson’s Songwriting


If you want to see a phenomenal performance look no further than Andrew Garfield in Lin-Manuel Miranda fantastic first film as a director, tick, tick… Boom!. While Garfield has already proven himself to be a gifted performer with his previous stage roles in Angels in America and in movies like Never let Me Go and Hacksaw ridge, he rose to another level in the way he brought Jonathan larson come back to life in tick, tick… Boom!. Not only did he capture Larson’s energy and zeal for life, but he also made it sound effortless, including when he had to sing loudly while delivering an emotional performance. Again, if you want to see a real “tour de force” that is sure to be nominated for an Oscar, you want to check out tick, tick… Boom!.

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With the film now being released in select theaters and streaming on Netflix, I recently had the opportunity to speak with Lin-Manuel Miranda. During the interview, he revealed what he learned about Jonathan Larson’s songwriting process during his visit to the Library of Congress, the scenes he would like to show Larson, which l ‘had surprised in the editing process, why he cut “Green Green Dress” from the film, if he had a longer cut from the film, and more.

If you are not familiar with tick, tick… Boom! and i haven’t seen the trailers, the film, which is set in 1990, is a semi-autobiographical tale of aspiring playwright Jonathan Larson. In the weeks leading up to his thirtieth birthday, Larson is stricken with doubt and fears about his lack of accomplishments, leading him to wonder if he has chosen the wrong career path. In addition to the existential fear, he begins to feel the pressure of his girlfriend Susan (Alexandra shipp) – who dreams of living beyond the city limits and teaching ballet to rich children – and his best friend Michael (Robin of Jesus) – who has already given up being an actor in financial security.




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Larson originally performed the work solo, but it was revived and revamped after his death and made his Off-Broadway debut in 2001, then toured the United States in the early 2000s. Larson went on to write the hit musical To rent but tragically passed away the day before the first glimpse of this show. The film also stars Joshua Henri, Mr. J. Rodriguez, Bradley Whitford, Tariq Trotter, Judith Lumière, and Vanessa Hudgens. Tic, Tic … Boom! was written by Steven Levenson and produced by Brian grazer and Ron howard for Imagine Entertainment, Julie oh, and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Check out what Lin-Manuel Miranda had to say in the player above and below, that’s exactly what we talked about


Lin-Manuel Miranda

  • What was it like going to the Library of Congress and seeing all of Jonathan Larson’s work up close?
  • If he could show Jonathan Larson a scene from tick, tick… Boom! which scene would he show her first?
  • Since this is his first feature film, what surprised him about the editing process?
  • How they edited the film in his house where the editors moved in and stayed with him and his family.
  • Did he get a longer cut from the movie?


Lin-Manuel Miranda and Andrew Garfield on the set of Tick, Tick ... Boom
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