‘Spectacular’ Andrew Garfield wows viewers as composer Jonathan Larsen in Tick Tick…Boom! – who spent five years writing Rent but died of an aortic aneurysm HOURS before it was performed for the first time

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  • Andrew Garfield plays the late musician Jonathan Larson in Tick, Tick… Boom!
  • The autobiographical story of the playwright before writing the Netflix musical rants
  • The character grapples with the challenges of turning 30 and life as a struggling artist
  • Unfortunately, Jonathan died at the age of 36 on the morning of the first preview of Rent
  • Viewers are blown away by Garfield’s performance in the new film

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Netflix audiences are blown away by Andrew Garfield’s ‘fantastic’ portrayal of composer Jonathan Larson in the new musical film TickTick…

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

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He spent years working in a diner in New York and living in a small apartment that didn’t even have heating, as he tried to make it as a musician and playwright.

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

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Many viewers have been impressed by the artist’s portrayal of Garfield, with one writing: ‘What an incredible film and a fantastic story. Thank you Jonathan.’

Netflix audiences are blown away by Andrew Garfield's 'remarkable' portrayal of composer Jonathan Larson in the new musical Tick Tick...

Netflix audiences are blown away by Andrew Garfield’s ‘remarkable’ portrayal of composer Jonathan Larson in the new musical Tick Tick… (Left, hired musician Jonathan Larson, and right, Andrew Garfield in the new film)

Larson was born on February 4, 1960, in New York to Nanette and Alan Larson, and became interested in the performing arts at an early age.

During his childhood, he learned to play a variety of instruments including piano, trumpet and tuba.

In high school, he became involved in acting and played lead roles in various performances at his school.

After graduating in 1978, he received 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 of composer/playwright Jonathan's early days, when he turns 30 and struggles with the harsh reality of life as a struggling artist.

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

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

During his college years, he began composing music, writing music for small student productions.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, he moved to a loft without heating on the fifth floor of a building in Lower Manhattan, where he lived with various roommates.

For the next nine-and-a-half years, Larson worked as a waiter at the Moondance dinner in New York on weekends, and worked on composing and writing music during the week.

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

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

What are aortic aneurysms and why are they so deadly?

In 2016, 1,670 British men over the age of 65 were killed by an aneurysm that suddenly burst, making it a greater cause of death than many cancers, including those of the skin, testis or thyroid.

Up to 50 percent of people with ruptured aneurysms die before reaching the hospital, and those who do have only a 50-50 average chance of survival.

An aortic aneurysm can cause discomfort, but most people don’t know they have one until it is picked up on a scan.

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

No one knows for sure the cause, but smoking is involved and it is associated with hardening of the arteries.

A high-fat diet and being overweight also increase the risk of blood vessel rupture.

The long-term prognosis for aneurysm patients is excellent, but quitting smoking is important.

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This was a difficult period for Larson, who attempted to write several theater shows with varying success.

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

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

His next job, Tick, Tik… BOOM! Documented his feelings of rejection due to Superbia’s dismay.

In it, Larson groans and worries as he turns 30 and grapples with the harsh reality 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, then on the Upper West Side.

In 1988, playwright Billy Aronson got the idea to write a musical update of La Boheme.

He wanted to create ‘a musical inspired by Giacomo Puccini’s La Boheme, in which the luscious splendor of Puccini’s world would be replaced by the grossness and noise of modern New York’.

The following year, he approached Larsen to collaborate on the project.

He wanted to write about his own experience, and in 1991, he asked Aronson if he could use the original concept they had collaborated on and make the rent his own.

Larsen brought autobiographical elements to the project, including He and his classmates keep an illegal wood-burning stove due to lack of heat in their building.

By this stage, Larson had lost many friends to the AIDS crisis – and music evolved to tell the story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling and living in the East Village of Lower Manhattan in the shadow of HIV/AIDS. was struggling to make.

but a few days ago As Fares was to be previewed on stage, Larson developed severe chest pain, dizziness, and shortness of breath.

The musician continued to write Rent, which premiered off-Broadway on January 25, 1996 (pictured)

The musician continued to write Rent, which premiered off-Broadway on January 25, 1996 (pictured)

After Larson's death, and the massive success of Rent, Pulitzer-winning playwright David Auburn (Proof) was brought in to reconfigure the one-man show Tick, Tick... Boom into a three-character musical ( Pictured, Andrew Garfield in the film)

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

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