Cast: Three Time Tony Nominee Joshua Henry (See) joins as “Roger,” Emmy Award Winner Bradley Whitford (The Handmaid’s Tale, Perfect Harmony) as “Stephen Sondheim” and Emmy and Tony Award Winner Judith Light (The Politician, Transparent) as “Rosa Stevens.” They will star alongside previously announced cast members Academy Award Nominee Andrew Garfield as “Jon”, Alexandra Shipp as “Karessa”, three-time Tony nominee Robin de Jesus as “Michael” and Vanessa Hudgens as “Susan”
Director: Tony Award Winner Lin-Manuel Miranda
Tony, Grammy, Emmy and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, lyricist and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda also starred in the New York City Center's Encores!Off-Center production of tick, tick…BOOM!
This marks Miranda’s film directorial debut.
Writer: Tony Award Winner StevenLevenson(Dear Evan Hansen, Fosse/Verdon) to adapt the screenplay based on the original stage show by the late Rent creator Jonathan Larson
Larson is the playwright behind Rent, the multiple award-winning musical, including the Tony Award for Best Musical in 1996. Rent was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1996, an honor Miranda’s Hamilton also received in 2016. Only nine musicals have won the Pulitzer for Drama. Larson tragically died the night before the show’s first preview performance Off-Broadway. Rent ultimately spent twelve years on Broadway, making it the 11th longest running show in Broadway history.
Producers: Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Julie Oh for Imagine Entertainment; and Lin-Manuel Miranda
ExecutiveProducers: Julie Larson, Steven Levenson, Celia Costas
The film is being developed with the support of Julie Larson, sister to late Rent creator Jonathan.
Choreographer: Two-time Grammy nominee Ryan Heffington
Synopsis: Set in 1990, tick, tick…BOOM! tells the story of Jon, an aspiring theater composer who is waiting tables in New York City while writing Superbia - which he hopes will be the next great American musical and finally give him his big break. Jon is also feeling pressure from his girlfriend Susan, who is tired of continuing to put her life on hold for Jon’s career aspirations. Meanwhile, his best friend and roommate Michael, has given up on his creative aspirations for a high paying advertising job on Madison Avenue and is about to move out. As Jon approaches his 30th birthday, he is overcome with anxiety – wondering if his dream is worth the cost.
About Imagine Entertainment
Founded in 1986 by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, Imagine Entertainment is an award-wining global entertainment company telling stories that inspire and empower, and create unforgettable entertainment experiences across all genres of film, television, documentary, kids and family, and brand integrated content. Imagine’s productions have been honored with more than 60 prestigious awards including 43 Academy Award nominations and 195 Emmy® award nominations. Past productions include the Academy Award Best Picture winner A Beautiful Mind, as well as Grammy Award Best Film winner The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years. Additional filmsinclude Get on Up, Rush, J. Edgar, Frost/Nixon, American Gangster, The Da Vinci Code, Apollo 13, 8 Mile, Liar, Liar, Backdraft, and Parenthood to name a few. Recent films include the critically acclaimed Pavarotti, and The Spy Who Dumped Me staring Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon which won of the 2018 People Choice Award for Best Comedy. Current film productions include the documentary Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band which opens in select on theaters February 21, 2020; the film adaption of the NY Times bestseller Hillbilly Elegy; tick, tick...BOOM! directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda; Curious George based on the beloved children’s character;a re-imaging of the hit Imagine films Friday Night Lights and Fear; the documentary Dads; and the documentary Rebuilding Paradise, which follows the community of Paradise, California, as it rebuilds following the devastation of the 2018 California wildfires. Current television projects in production include Genius: Aretha (NatGeo), Wu-Tang: An American Saga (Hulu), 68 Whiskey (Paramount), Swagger (Apple), Why Women Kill (CBS All Access), and Filthy Rich (Fox). Additional television productions include Fox’s Empire, Shots Fired and the 24 franchise; NatGeo’s Genius anthology series; NBC’s Parenthood and Friday Night Lights; Fox’s and Netflix’s Arrested Development; and HBO's From the Earth to the Moon, for which Howard and Grazer won the Emmy® for Outstanding Mini-Series. Grazer and Howard began their collaboration in the early 80’s with the hit comedies Night Shift and Splash, and continue to run Imagine Entertainment as chairmen. www.imagine-entertainment.com
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