To celebrate the launch of tick, tick…BOOM!, the feature directorial debut from Pulitzer Prize, Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda, Netflix is shining a spotlight on emerging teen performers and filmmakers to celebrate the arts and honor the legacy of beloved American composer and playwright Jonathan Larson (1960-1996).
Students and performers from performing arts public high schools in Los Angeles, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, and one youth theater in New York, concepted and produced their own unique rendition of the iconic musical ballad, “Louder than Words,” from tick, tick,..BOOM!, a biographical retelling of Larson’s life.
The student-led productions resulted in a brand new music video to celebrate the film’s launch on Netflix on Friday, November 19.
By the way, several of my friends have already seen the film and have been raving about it on social media all week.
“I got my start in my school’s performing arts program,” says Miranda in an introduction to the video. “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 participating public high schools and one non-profit youth theater include:
• 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