(Just to be clear, I have never had any "street cred.") Anyway I don't want to say that I was exactly "wrong" here since there are plenty of examples of Movie Musicals that I totally dig -- The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and Moulin Rouge and Hedwig and the Angry Inch, as examples -- but I will say I was absolutely not going into my screening of Lin-Manuel Miranda's new movie Tick, Tick... Boom! with an open mind. The trailer (see here) made my skin crawl, actually crawl right off of my body, I have no skin anymore because of that trailer. It was the epitome of the things about Musical Theater that drive me away from Musical Theater -- all that big-time sincere theater kid energy... I just can't. OR CAN I???
Wtf I loved it— Jason Adams (@JAMNPP) November 11, 2021
That's right -- WTF I loved it. WTF??? It wasn't even ten minutes in and I could feel my defenses falling me, and by the time the big Moondance Diner scene happens I was rendered utterly defenseless from its charms. I think there are several reasons for this and I get into a lot of it with my review at Pajiba that went up today right here -- if you ignore the music the movie is a story about a Gen X Writer In NYC and very good being about all three of those things! -- but one thing I don't mention there is that Tick Tick Boom actually did make me miss Musical Theater. It made me want to go see something on Broadway. Something big and cheesy and gaudy and listen, the pandemic has done a lot to our brains. This will probably pass. But this movie tapped into a moment, a feeling, and props to it for that. It's like, even if you don't love cake (there are people!) you can tell when somebody has made a beautiful cake, and these folks have made a beautiful cake. I appreciate the cake!