Recently, the legendary Stephen Sondheim passed away at the age of 91. Remembering Richard Kind, collaborator of Sondheim, the actor wrote the following: “When I met him, I introduced myself and told him that I was only going to gush once … after gushing, he assured me ‘I’m not my songs. I’m just a nice Jewish boy from the Upper West Side.’ ”
Sondheim was not his music, and yet this music sustained him in life and altered the molecules of the air he and those around him breathed; he was also special for the gracious way he responded to Kind and countless others. This is a dynamic skillfully explored in “Encanto” and the recent “Tick, Tick … Boom”, directed by composer “Encanto” Lin-Manuel Miranda and an autobiographical story by Jonathan Larson, the Broadway prodigy. from the 90s who also passed away. soon to be 35 years old.
Larson was positioned to be an heir to the Sondheim throne. Life had other plans. But the way Larson lived influenced his genius as much as the notes of his heart, a dynamic Miranda brought to light throughout the original Netflix musical and which is impeccably captured by the great Andrew Garfield. For adult viewers who enjoyed “Encanto,” “Tick, Tick … Boom” is a sequel worthy of Larson, Sondheim, and anyone who has ever wished to inspire countless others.