TICK, TICK… BOOM! 2021 (Available for streaming on Netflix) Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda who wrote and starred in Hamilton makes his feature directorial debut with this musical. The film is, at least in part, an adaptation of a futuristic sci-fi musical, Superbia, by Jonathan Larson. Larson later revolutionized musical theater as the creator of Rent which opened in 1996 and became a Broadway smash hit running for 12 years and making it one of the longest-running shows on Broadway. But even before Rent he wrote TICK, TICK…BOOM!  It was an autobiographical musical, a one-man show detailing his creative process and being young and hungry in New York in the early 1990s. The young theater composer was waiting tables at a New York City diner in 1990 while writing what he hoped would be the next great American musical. The1990’s setting means the AIDS crisis casts a shadow over the period. Larson lived his life and wrote his music like he was running out of time, and he was only in his early 30’s. The tragic irony is that he was right to fear the ticking clock. He died of an aortic aneurysm at age 35 on the day of Rent's first public preview and he never saw any of its success. Playing the lead in this film is Andrew Garfield, an Academy Award nominee and Tony Award winner who gives a fantastic performance in this energized and powerful movie. One critic wrote, “Andrew Garfield doesn’t portray Larson, he BECOMES Larson.” Barbara and I loved the movie which speaks to our theater background. But even if you aren’t a fan of musicals, I think there is enough in this film that by the end you will need Kleenex. GRADE A