To celebrate the release of tick, tick,..BOOM! and the legacy of Jonathan Larson, Netflix has dropped a video featuring emerging teen performers and filmmakers. Students and performers from performing arts public high schools in Los Angeles, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, and one youth theater in New York, produced versions of “Louder than Words,” from tick, tick,..BOOM!.
Lin-Manuel Miranda directs the Netflix film adaptation, which stars Andrew Garfield, Alexandra Shipp, Robin de Jesús, Joshua Henry, Vanessa Hudgens and more.
“I got my start in my school’s performing arts program," says Miranda as an introduction. "These programs are vital, not only to the entertainment industry, but to our culture. It’s important for us to celebrate the next generation of actors, singers and performers. So in the spirit of reaching for the stars and pursuing your dreams, we invited schools across the country to celebrate the debut of tick, tick...BOOM! on Netflix. ENJOY!”
The four schools (and one non-profit youth theater) are:
- Baltimore School for the Arts in Baltimore, Maryland (BSFA)
- Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing & Visual Arts in Dallas, Texas (BTWHPVA)
- The Chicago School for the Arts in Chicago, Illinois (ChiArts)
- Los Angeles County High School for the Arts in Los Angeles, California (LACHSA)
- TADA! Youth Theater in New York, New York
Lois Hunter, LACHSA Theatre Department Chair said, “Netflix presented our students and faculty an opportunity to collaborate on a project that was not only meaningful to our students’ personal lives, but an opportunity to improve their skills in the other areas of artistic expression, including acting, singing and cinematic arts.”
Janine Nina Trevens, Executive and Producing Artistic Director for TADA! Youth Theater said, “It was so great to be able to be in the theater again, live, rehearsing such a powerful song, "Louder Than Words," and have our teen performers see the connection between what's happening today in the world and what they want and a song that was written almost 30 years ago by Jonathan Larson.”
Tina Boyer Brown, Artistic Director at ChiArts said, "This is a story about perseverance and the risks we take as artists. ChiArts cultivates a safe space for students to create and explore. Our students were excited to dive into the rehearsal and filming process for this project and their hard work and commitment to excellence shows in the results."
Watch the video below:
tick, tick,..BOOM! is on Netflix now.