Lin-Manuel Miranda’s’Tick, Tick… Boom’ Netflix Musical: What We Know So Far


Lin-Manuel Miranda & Tick Tick Boom emblem — Picture: Getty Images

Lin-Manuel Miranda is in high demand and Netflix was able to scoop the Hamilton celebrity for its upcoming film. Here is everything you want to know up to now about the musical biopic that is probably as a result of Netflix in 2021. 

The project was initially declared by Netflix in June 2019 through the Media Center and called the film within an acquisition.

Let us start off using the TL:DR details about the film before we dive to the nitty-gritty:

  • Lin-Manuel Miranda will guide which is his directorial debut and is not now anticipate to star.
  • Biopic musical on playwright Jonathan Larson
  • Steven Levenson is adapting to the screenplay.
  • Not due out on Netflix till at least 2021.

Who is behind Tick, Tick… Boom?

Netflix is obviously bankrolling the job but Picture Entertainment is supporting the project. The business is run by Ron Howard and has experienced enormous hits over the years such as Hurry, R.Edgard, Frost/Nixon, The Da Vinci Code, Indoors Man and a lot more.

You can get the official list for Tick, Tick… Boom about the Picture Entertainment website here.

They are also the production house behind the forthcoming Hillbilly Elegy film (which is led by Ron Howard himself) that is due out in late 2020.

Steven Levenson is supporting the screenplay adaptation of their first functions. He is famous for composing on FX’s Fosse/Verdon and Showtime’s Masters of Gender.

Back in January 2020, Theater Mania noted that Ryan Heffington is place to choreograph the film. He is famous for working on Sia’s Chandelier video.

What is the musical around?

The official synopsis given by Netflix is as follows:

“Place in 1990, Tick, Tick…Boom!  tells the story of Jon, an aspiring theatre composer who’s waiting tables in New York City while composing Superbia — that he expects will be the upcoming great American musical and eventually give him his big break. Jon is also feeling pressure from his girlfriend Susan, who’s tired of continued to put her entire life on hold for Jon’s career ambitions. Meanwhile, his very best buddy and roommate Michael, has given up on his creative ambitions to get a high paying advertising job on Madison Avenue and is going to go out. As Jon tactics his 30th birthday, he’s overcome with stress — wondering whether his fantasy would be well worth the price.”

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Pictured. City Center Encores! Creation of Tick, Tick… Boom.

Who was Jonathan Larson? )

American playwright and composer Jonathan Larson is most famous for his Tony Award-winning musical Rent. From a very young age, and growing up in Whitetail, New York, Larson was subjected to the arts. While growing up, he learned to play the trumpet, tuba, piano and could sing at the school’s choir. Larson would continue to get involved in performing arts during High School and attended Adelphi University in Garden City, New York to shoot to a four-year-scholarship.

After spending in a theater program in Michigan,” Larson returned to New York and proceeded into a diminished Manhatten apartment. During his time living in New York, Larson would operate in the Moondance Diner on weekends, but had been hard at work composing and writing music during the weekdays. Finally, he’d collaborate with fellow playwright Billy Aronson, who at the time was trying to write an upgrade to the musical La bohème.

Larson’s life adventure would seep on the pages of this musical, that morphed to the Tony award-winning musical Rent. He spent years working on the job, collaborating and documenting the musical as we understand it now. In a tragic twist of fate, Jonathan never seen the musical in its very first preview performance Off-Broadway, with died unexpectedly that afternoon. His death was a result of an aortic dissection, considered to be the reason behind undiagnosed Marfan syndrome. The week before departure, Larson was suffering from dizziness, chest discomfort and shortness of breath, and erroneous identification of influenza and stress has been given by the physicians in Cabrini Medical Center and St. Vincent’s Hospital. Upon investigating, it’s believed that had been diagnosed properly, and operation been completed, Larson could have lived.

Following Larson’s passing, the prevalence of Rent skyrocketed. The playwright posthumously was awarded a lot of awards for Rent, such as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and several Tony awards such as the Best Musical and Best Original Score.

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Pictured. Jonathan Larson

Who’s starring in Tick, Tick… Boom on Netflix?

As we mentioned previously Lin-Manuel Miranda will lead (that is his directorial debut) but is not now expected to celebrity.

The initial huge throw statements came from November 2019 as it was disclosed that Vanessa Hudgens and Robin de Jesus was cast.

Bradley Whitford will star as Stephen Sondheim. NYTimes reporter Kyle Buchanan talked to Lin-Manuel concerning the casting who stated the next:

“The best part was emailing Steve to state’Bradley Whitford is enjoying with you,’ and he answered,’I do not know who is, but he’s a title just like a Jane Austen character. ”’

tick tick boom cast grid

Back in July 2020, we have word that Joanna Adler had joined the cast. She’ll play the role of Molly and has had roles in Western Crime Story, The Sinner, and also The Blacklist. And of course that her stint on Netflix’s Orange is the New Black where she performed Chaplain Royce.

Here is the complete cast list for Tick, Tick… Boom at July 2020:

Actor/Actress Role
Vanessa Hudgens Karessa
Judith Light Rosa Stevens
Bradley Whitford Stephen Sondheim
Andrew Garfield Jon
Alexandra Shipp Susan
Jordan Fisher Simon
Joanna Adler Molly
Joshua Henry Roger
Robin de Jesus Michael
David Iacono Youthful Michael
Alex D. Jennings Lifeguard
Marie Rose Baramo Fly girl

When is Netflix filming Tick, Tick… Boom?

Pre-production started shortly after the film was declared with Lin-Manuel Miranda prepping for the film as late as October 10th, 2019 if he was working on the job.

On October 7th, 2019, we have a little glimpse of this script albeit the majority of it had been blacked out.

The show has been expected to get underway with filming at the middle of February 2020 and though it’s certainly the case filming did begin, it did not get too much before all productions have been ordered to stop on account of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic.

The musical is defined as mostly filmed in New York itself, not a studio setup to appear like New York. Lin-Manuel Miranda is no stranger to New York City having been born there and having dwelt as well as worked on Broadway.

The last documented date of filming (based on Getty Images — not the most dependable ) has been March 12, 2020. IMDb also includes a humorous post that on the afternoon the production was closed down, they were still filming out the former residence of Jonathan Larson (again unverified).

Here is an assortment of the on-set photographs for Tick, Tick… Boom.


As you can see from the majority of the images, a huge section of the film has been filmed in Central Park hence the way the paps were able to find the images.

That is all we know for now. We’ll be updating this article as and once we get more info on the upcoming musical!

Let us know in the comments if you are looking ahead to Tick, Tick… Boom coming on Netflix.


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