‘Tick, Tick… Boom!’ review: Musical sings praises of art, big dreams

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The Detroit News

A stirring tribute to the creative process, the very nature of creativity and the need to express oneself, “Tick, Tick… Boom!” is a knockout, a movie musical that grabs hold of the viewer at the beginning and never lets go. Andrew Garfield is electrifying as Jonathan Larson, the playwright and composer who gave the world “Rent,” the Gen X smash that put a new face on Broadway in the mid-1990s. “Rent” would come after “Tick, Tick… Boom!” and “Tick” is largely about the long path to get to “Rent,” and all the hurdles and self-doubt and quarter-life crises along the way. There is indeed a tic…

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