Starring: Andrew Garfield, Alexandra Shipp, Vanessa Hudgens, Robin de Jesús, Joshua Henry, Judith Light, Bradley Whitford
Netflix musical drama directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda based on the semi-autobiographical musical of the same name by Jonathan Larson. Tick, Tick…Boom (2021) follows Jon (Andrew Garfield), a young theater composer who’s waiting tables at a New York City diner in the ’90s while writing what he hopes will be the next great American musical. Days before he’s due to showcase his work, Jon is feeling the pressure from everywhere, from his girlfriend Susan (Alexandra Shipp), from his friend Michael (Robin de Jesús), amidst an artistic community being ravaged by the AIDS epidemic. With the clock ticking, Jon is at a crossroads and faces the question everyone must reckon with, “What are we meant to do with the time we have?”
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Jon: Hello. Hi. Welcome. I’m Jonathan Larson.
Jon: I am twenty-nine years-old. I work at the Moondance Diner.
Jon: [over phone] Do we take reservations? No, we do not take… We’re a diner.
Jon: I have an original rock musical, that I’ve spent the last eight years of my life writing.
Simon: He’s getting out. You’re going to be rich and famous. And rewriting. And rewriting.
Michael: Did you crack it yet?
Jon: Oh, I’m getting so close.
Karessa: Can I hear it?
Jon: Any day now.
Jon: Eight years! And the time keeps ticking. Tick. Tick.
Michael: You need to ask, are you letting yourself be led by fear, or by love?
Jon: Fear! A hundred percent fear!
Theater Director: I don’t know what the show is!
Susan: What if the workshop happens and nothing changes? What then, Jonathan?
Jon: Maybe I’m just wasting my time.
Michael: Do you know how many Jonathan Larsons there are? One.
Jon: There’s not enough time.
Jon: I went to three friends funerals last year, and nobody is doing enough. I’m not doing enough.
Rosa Stevens: Try writing about what you know.
Michael: It would be a tragedy to give up what you have.
Susan: No matter what. Keep going, okay?