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Vanessa Hudgens and Alexandra Shipp on Filming Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘Tick, Tick… BOOM!’

By Walter Bernal / Published on Wednesday, 16 Jun 2021 10:18 AM / No Comments / 77 views

While Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony-winning musical In the Heights has finally come to the big screen, the Hamilton creator has yet another project hitting screens later this year. Miranda’s directorial debut tick, tick… BOOM! is poised to be released in select theaters and on Netflix this fall, with Andrew Garfield fronting a wildly talented ensemble for a tremendously emotional adaptation. The film is based on the autobiographical musical by Jonathan Larson and tells the story of an aspiring composer living in New York City in 1990 who grapples with his career choice. Larson performed the work as a solo piece, but it was revived and revamped after his death and debuted Off-Broadway in 2001. Larson, of course, went on to write the hit musical Rent but tragically died the day before that show’s first preview performance.

Miranda, having been a young and ambitious composer and writer himself, sparked to tick, tick… BOOM! so strongly that he decided to direct the adaptation himself. Garfield plays the lead character, and the terrific ensemble cast is filled out by the likes of Alexandra Shipp, Robin de Jesús, MJ Rodriguez, and Vanessa Hudgens.


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So with tick, tick… BOOM! being one of the most highly anticipated films of the year, when Collider’s own Steve Weintraub spoke with Hudgens and Shipp at the Tribeca Film Festival about their new film Asking for It, he asked about the experience of making the tick, tick… BOOM! movie. Hudgens revealed that they were only a couple of days into filming when the pandemic hit and they had to shut down:

“We started right before COVID. We were in rehearsals every day, dancing, singing, just being put through the whole musical theater works – which we both love. We love it. We live for that. That’s like playtime. And then we started principal photography and I think got only a couple days in and had to shut down the entire thing. And then we picked it back up in September, and we had to go back into rehearsals because it had been months, but we picked it up there.”

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