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Netflix viewers were stunned by Andrew Garfield when he plays Jonathan Larsen in Tick Tick…Boom!

Netflix viewers were blown away by Andrew Garfield’s ‘spectacular’ portrayal of composer Jonathan Larson in the new music film Tick Tick…Boom!

Starring Andrew and Vanessa Hudgens, the film is a semi-autobiographical story about the early days of composer/playwright Jonathan as he struggles with his 30s and the harsh realities of life as a struggling artist.

He worked for years in a New York restaurant and lived in a small apartment that didn’t even have heating, while trying to make it as a composer and playwright.

Larson would become known for his groundbreaking musical Rent, though the playwright died suddenly at 36 a.m. on the morning of Rent’s first preview performance.

Many viewers were impressed by Garfield’s portrayal of the artist, one of whom wrote: ‘What an incredible film and a fantastic story. Thanks Jonathan.’

Netflix viewers were blown away by Andrew Garfield's 'remarkable' portrayal of composer Jonathan Larsen in the new musical Tick Tick...Boom!

Netflix viewers were blown away by Andrew Garfield's 'remarkable' portrayal of composer Jonathan Larsen in the new musical Tick Tick...Boom!

Netflix viewers were blown away by Andrew Garfield's 'remarkable' portrayal of composer Jonathan Larsen in the new musical Tick Tick...Boom!

Netflix viewers were blown away by Andrew Garfield’s ‘remarkable’ portrayal of composer Jonathan Larsen in the new musical Tick Tick…Boom! (left, Rent composer Jonathan Larson, and right, Andrew Garfield in the new movie)

Born to Nanette and Allan Larson in New York on February 4, 1960, Larson became interested in the performing arts from an early age.

Throughout his childhood, he learned to play an assortment of instruments, including piano, trumpet and tuba.

In high school, he got involved in acting and took the lead roles in several performances at his school.

After graduating in 1978, he was awarded a four-year scholarship to Adelphi University in New York, where he studied acting.

Starring Andrew and Vanessa Hudgens, the film is a semi-autobiographical story about the early days of composer/playwright Jonathan as he struggles with his 30s and the harsh realities of life as a struggling artist.

Starring Andrew and Vanessa Hudgens, the film is a semi-autobiographical story about the early days of composer/playwright Jonathan as he struggles with his 30s and the harsh realities of life as a struggling artist.

Starring Andrew and Vanessa Hudgens, the film is a semi-autobiographical story about the early days of composer/playwright Jonathan as he struggles with his 30s and the harsh realities of life as a struggling artist.

While in Adelphi, Jonathan wrote a fan letter to Stephen Sondheim, who wrote back to him and became his mentor.

During his student days he started composing music and wrote music for small student productions.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, he moved into an unheated loft on the fifth floor of a lower Manhattan building, where he lived with several roommates.

For the next nine and a half years, Larson worked weekends as a waiter at New York’s Moondance Diner and weekdays composing and writing musicals.

Many viewers were impressed by Garfield's portrayal of the artist, some saying they were left in tears by the 'incredible' film

Many viewers were impressed by Garfield's portrayal of the artist, some saying they were left in tears by the 'incredible' film

Many viewers were impressed by Garfield’s portrayal of the artist, some saying they were left in tears by the ‘incredible’ film

WHAT ARE AORTA ANEURYSMAS AND WHY ARE THEY SO DEADLY?

In 2016, 1,670 British men aged 65 and over were killed by aneurysms that suddenly burst, making it a greater cause of death than many cancers, including skin, testicular or thyroid cancer.

Fifty percent of people with a ruptured aneurysm die before they reach the hospital, and of those who make it, the average chance of surviving surgery is only 50-50.

An aortic aneurysm can cause discomfort, but most people aren’t aware they have one until it’s picked up on a scan.

If it ruptures, it causes massive internal bleeding, which is usually fatal.

No one knows the cause for sure, but smoking has been implicated and associated with hardening of the arteries.

High-fat diets and being overweight also increase the risk of blood vessel bursting.

The long-term prognosis for aneurysm patients is excellent, but smoking cessation is vital.

It was a difficult period for Larson, who tried to write several theatrical plays, with varying degrees of success.

Between 1983 and 1990, Larson wrote Superbia, intended as a futuristic retelling of George Orwell’s book Nineteen Eighty-Four.

However, despite some successful performances, it was never fully produced.

His next work, Tap, Tap… Boom! documented his feelings of rejection caused by Superbia’s disappointment.

In it, Larson moaned and brooded as he struggled with turning 30 and the harsh realities of life as a struggling artist.

The show was performed off-Broadway at the Village Gate in Greenwich Village, as well as at the Second Stage Theater and then on the Upper West Side.

In 1988, playwright Billy Aronson came up with the idea to write a musical update of La Bohème.

He wanted to ‘make a musical, inspired by Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème, in which the opulent splendor of Puccini’s world would be replaced by the coarseness and noise of modern New York’.

The following year, he contacted Larson to collaborate on the project.

Wanting to write about his own experience, in 1991 he asked Aronson if he could use the original concept they worked on and make Rent his own.

Larson brought autobiographical elements into the project, including: he and his roommates operate an illegal wood stove due to lack of heat in their building.

By this stage, Larson had lost several friends to the AIDS crisis—and the musical evolved to tell the story of a group of impoverished young performers struggling to survive and build a life in lower Manhattan’s East Village in the shadow of HIV/AIDS.

But days before Rent was to be seen on stage, Larson began experiencing severe chest pain, dizziness and shortness of breath.

The composer then wrote Rent, which premiered on January 25, 1996 in Off-Broadway (pictured)

The composer then wrote Rent, which premiered on January 25, 1996 in Off-Broadway (pictured)

The composer then wrote Rent, which premiered on January 25, 1996 in Off-Broadway (pictured)

Following Larson's death and Rent's huge success, Pulitzer-winning playwright David Auburn (Proof) was brought in to turn the one-man show Tick, Tick...Boom into a three-character musical (pictured, Andrew Garfield in the movie)

Following Larson's death and Rent's huge success, Pulitzer-winning playwright David Auburn (Proof) was brought in to turn the one-man show Tick, Tick...Boom into a three-character musical (pictured, Andrew Garfield in the movie)

Following Larson’s death and Rent’s huge success, Pulitzer-winning playwright David Auburn (Proof) was brought in to turn the one-man show Tick, Tick…Boom into a three-character musical (pictured, Andrew Garfield in the movie)

Doctors at Cabrini Medical Center and St. Vincent’s Hospital couldn’t find any signs of an aortic aneurysm even after doing a chest X-ray and an electrocardiogram, so they misdiagnosed it as the flu or stress.

What is Marfan Syndrome?

Marfan syndrome is a disorder of the body’s connective tissues – a group of tissues that maintain the structure of the body and support internal organs and other tissues.

Children usually inherit the condition from one of their parents.

Typical features of Marfan syndrome include:

  • be tall
  • abnormally long and slender limbs, fingers and toes (arachnodactyly)
  • heart defects
  • lens dislocation – the lens of the eye falls into an abnormal position

There is no cure for Marfan syndrome, so treatment focuses on managing symptoms and reducing the risk of complications.

However, Larson died at his home in the early morning hours of January 25, 1996, the day of Rent’s first Off-Broadway preview performance.

He suffered an aortic dissection, believed to be caused by undiagnosed Marfan syndrome.

New York State medical researchers concluded that if the aortic dissection had been correctly diagnosed and treated with surgical repair, Larson might have lived.

Hours after his death, Larson’s parents gave their blessing to open the show.

Rent played to sold-out crowds through his planned engagement and was continually renewed.

It moved to Broadway and opened at the Nederlander Theater on April 29, 1996.

It played its Broadway debut until September 7, 2008.

After Larson’s death and Rent’s huge success, Pulitzer-winning playwright David Auburn (Proof) was brought in to turn the one-man show Tick, Tick…Boom into a three-character musical.

The revamped Tick, Tick… Boom debuted on Off Broadway in 2001, starring Raul Esparza as Jon, Jerry Dixon as Michael and Amy Spanger as Susan.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, who played Jon in the encores! Off-Center revival in 2014, directed the film adaptation, starring Robin de Jesus as Michael and Alexandra Shipp as Susan.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, who played Jon in the encores!  Off-Center revival in 2014, directed the film adaptation, starring Robin de Jesus as Michael and Alexandra Shipp as Susan

Lin-Manuel Miranda, who played Jon in the encores!  Off-Center revival in 2014, directed the film adaptation, starring Robin de Jesus as Michael and Alexandra Shipp as Susan

Lin-Manuel Miranda, who played Jon in the encores! Off-Center revival in 2014, directed the film adaptation, starring Robin de Jesus as Michael and Alexandra Shipp as Susan

It premiered on Netflix last weekend and many viewers admitted they were amazed by Garfield’s portrayal of Larson.”

One person commented: ‘Finally watching TickTickBoom and I’m already crying after the first song so it’s going to be a long night I guess? But love every minute.’

Another wrote: ‘Barely past the credits – already crying.’

A third commented, “Tick, Tick…Boom is great. I’ve been through the gamut of emotions and even now feel like I need to cry. Lin Manuel Miranda has a bright future directing movies alongside Broadway shows.”

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