Tick, Tick…BOOM! Release Date, Cast and More

tick tick boom release date

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Do you hear that ticking? It’s the countdown to the release of tick, tick…BOOM! which released an explosive first trailer this month and introduced the world to a singing, dancing Andrew Garfield. The feature directorial debut of Hamilton creator and star Lin-Manuel Mirandatick, tick…BOOM! is set debut on Netflix this fall and continue the movie musical Renaissance that we’re all enjoying this year. Here’s everything we know about tick, tick…BOOM!

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annette trailer

A musical starring Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard is already one of the most anticipated movies set to debut at the Cannes Film Festival — and why would it not be? Annette comes from director Leos Carax (Boy Meets GirlHoly Motors) and has music written by Sparks, the pop/rock band recently profiled in Edgar Wright’s first documentary feature, The Sparks Brothers. But if all those things can’t convince you to be excited for the film, check out the intriguing Annette trailer below.

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5 Musicals to Watch After ‘In the Heights’

musicals to watch after in the heights

Director Jon M. Chu‘s vibrant, joyful film adaptation of the musical In the Heights hit theaters and HBO Max one week ago. If you’ve seen that movie but want to continue to immerse yourselves in the singing, dancing, and wonderfully choreographed world of musicals, here is a list of five musicals to watch after In the Heights.
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In the Heights colorism

Lin-Manuel Miranda, who created and starred in the stage musical of In the Heights, has responded to the criticisms of colorism in the feature film directed by Jon M. Chu. The criticism had been brewing over the past week on Twitter, after an interview with the cast and crew pointed out the lack of Afro-Latino actors in the film, despite being set in the famously diverse New York neighborhood of Washington Heights. Miranda issued an apology over the “hurt and frustration” caused by this erasure, and admitted that “we fell short.”

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Central Park Season 2 Trailer

Last spring, Central Park combined the animation and comedy style of Bob’s Burgers with the joy of musicals in one of Apple TV+’s most entertaining shows yet. Now, the series is returning for a second season later this month, and it should come as no surprise that elderly heiress and entrepreneur Bitsy Brandenham (Stanley Tucci) is still trying to snatch up all the land in Central Park to turn it into apartments shopping centers and restaurants. And the Tillerman family are the only ones who can stop her. Watch the trailer for season 2 below. Read More »

tick tick...boom trailer

“Do you know how many Jonathan Larsons there are? One.” Andrew Garfield plays the one and only musical genius, the composer and playwright behind Rent, who died suddenly on the night before the show’s off-Broadway premiere. But he left in his wake a Broadway touchstone, as well as tick, tick…BOOM!, an acclaimed autobiographical musical which will now be adapted to the screen by Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda in his feature directorial debut. Watch the tick, tick…BOOM! trailer below.

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In the Heights Writer Interview

Long before Quiara Alegría Hudes wrote the screenplay for the new movie musical In the Heights, she wrote the book for…well, the stage musical In the Heights, sharing duties with songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda. But a lot happened between those projects. She’s kept busy. She’s written more plays, more musicals. She wrote a children’s book. She won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play Water by the Spoonful. Not asking her back to shepherd her Tony Award-winning Broadway musical about life and love in Washington Heights would’ve been a crime.

Ahead of the theatrical and streaming release of In the Heights this Friday, I spoke with Hudes over Zoom. We chatted about seeing the movie with an audience, what you can do on film that you can’t on stage (food close-ups!), and how her additional role as a producer allowed her to ensure the film remained authentic and true to the neighborhood in which it is set.

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in the heights in theaters

It’s been roughly 15 months since the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic hit and we were last able to see movies safely in theaters. Some moviegoers have already started braving the cinemas in recent months to get that long-missed big-screen screen experience. But others have reasonably been cautious about going to the movie theater, either because of crowds or lack of vaccinations.

But both In the Heights director Jon M. Chu and screenwriter Quiara Alegría Hudes want to tell moviegoers that their new musical movie will be worth the trip to the theater.

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In the Heights Director Interview

The only thing more energetic than the new musical In the Heights is the man who directed it. Jon M. Chu has made a career out of creating high energy movies like Step Up 2: The Streets, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and Crazy Rich Asians, but his particular skill set feels so perfectly in line with this latest project. His film adaptation of the Tony Award-winning musical about the hopes and dreams of the denizens of Washington Heights in New York City is a big movie: big on romance, big on drama, big on comedy, and even big on running time. But if the film is inexhaustible, that’s because Chu himself is just that.

I spoke with Chu ahead of In the Heights‘ theatrical and streaming debut this week, and he showcased a unique ability to cram 20 minutes of information into a 10-minute interview. We talked about his advice for making a great musical, the big sequence he fought to protect, the agonizing process of killing your darlings, and why you should absolutely see the film in theaters.

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In the Heights Trailer

When a movie gets close to hitting the big screen, movie studios often like to use marketing with testimonials from real people who have seen early screenings of the film. However, since studios aren’t quite back to normal when it comes to their pre-release marketing routines, the new In the Heights trailer relies on testimonials from big name celebrities. The likes of Oprah Winfrey and Dwayne Johnson took the time to praise the movie musical from director Jon M. Chu and Broadway show creator Lin-Manuel Miranda by recording a quick video on their phones. Celebrities! They’re just like us. Read More »