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‘Tick, Tick … Boom!’ Star Andrew Garfield on His ‘Spiritual’ Devotion to Jonathan Larson’s Legacy

Andrew Garfield describes winding up as the star of the film “Tick, Tick … Boom!” as a “very strange, magical cosmic experience.” Not only working with director Lin-Manuel Miranda, whom he had “a big kind of artistic crush on,” but developing an emotional kinship with the person he portrays, the late playwright Jonathan Larson.Lin-Manuel Miranda’s […]

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‘Tick Tick Boom’: Crafting the ‘Sunday’ Diner Scene as a Sondheim Tribute with Broadway Legends

The sublime “Sunday” diner scene with the Broadway legends in Netflix’s “Tick Tick Boom” has become even more tear-inducing and meta with the recent passing of Stephen Sondheim, whose “Sunday in the Park with George” musical about French pointillist painter Georges Seurat started it all. First, through Jonathan Larson’s (Andrew Garfield) tribute song, “Sunday,” set […]

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Lin-Manuel Miranda: ‘Doing Hamilton every night saved me. It kept my head from getting off the swivel’

When his Broadway show became a global phenomenon, the rigours of daily performance kept the actor and songwriter grounded. Then Disney and Hollywood came calling. Now, the ‘musical theatre fanboy’ has returned to his first loveAbout halfway through Tick, Tick … Boom!, the new movie directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the patrons of a diner in […]

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How Lin-Manuel Miranda Channeled Disney Legend Howard Ashman for the ‘Encanto’ Animated Musical

With Disney’s “Encanto”, Lin-Manuel Miranda finally got to work on his first animated musical from the ground up after getting a taste with Disney’s “Moana” (featuring his Oscar-nominated song “How Far I’ll Go”) and Sony/Netflix’s “Vivo.” In fact, it’s the latest milestone in what has been an incredible year for the very hot Miranda, following […]

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Andrew Garfield and Will Smith Brought Best Actor Race Into Focus at AFI Fest

So have we seen everything yet?AFI Fest, which just wrapped in Los Angeles, is the final prominent film festival to unveil a handful of awards hopefuls.Lin-Manuel Miranda’s directorial debut, “Tick, Tick … Boom!,” from Netflix, premiered to strong reviews and plenty of Oscar buzz. As part of a banner year for Miranda that includes involvement […]

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Tick, Tick…Boom! Early Buzz Has Overwhelming Love For Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Jonathan Larson Tribute

When “Tick, Tick…Boom!” was announced, everyone and their mother had an opinion about Lin-Manuel Miranda’s tribute to “Rent” creator Jonathan Larson. I didn’t; I am an outside observer who was friends with the theater kids but wasn’t one herself. If you heard me sing or watched me dance, you’d know I’m better off in the […]

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‘Tick Tick Boom’ Review: Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Directorial Debut Has the Highs and Lows of a Passion Project

It’s been over 30 years since Jonathan Larson’s first performance of “Tick Tick Boom” a work he categorized as a rock monologue. Just a few years before his tragic and wholly unexpected passing (on the eve of the premiere of his seismic musical “Rent”), he channeled his anxieties into a show about struggling to write […]

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tick, tick … Boom! review – Lin-Manuel Miranda’s heartfelt tribute to Broadway

Andrew Garfield plays Rent composer Jonathan Larson in Miranda’s sugar rush of showbiz highs and lowsLin-Manuel Miranda gives us an unashamed sugar rush of showbiz rapture and showbiz solemnity in this heartfelt tribute to Broadway legend Jonathan Larson, played here by Andrew Garfield. Larson was the composer who created the smash-hit 90s show Rent but […]

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Director Stephen Chbosky on Chasing ‘Dear Evan Hansen,’ Premiering at TIFF and Cutting Songs

Stephen Chbosky never intended to create a film series. But with the films “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” “Wonder” and now “Dear Evan Hansen” under his belt, he jokes that he has made “The First Day of School Trilogy.”Based on the Tony Award-winning musical, “Dear Evan Hansen” will open the Toronto International Film Festival […]

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‘The Water Man’ Trailer: David Oyelowo Crafts A Spielbergian Fantasy In His Directorial Debut

“The Water Man” marks his directorial debut and stars David Oyelowo (“Selma”), Rosario Dawson (“Sin City,” “Rent”), Lonnie Chavis (“This Is Us”), Amiah Miller (“War for the Planet of the Apes”), Alfred Molina (“Spider-Man 2”), and Maria Bello (“NCIS”). Harpo Films produced the film, with Oprah Winfrey serving as an Executive Producer. Considering the serious […]

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