Know the Cast: ‘Tick, Tick… Boom!’

Tick, Tick... Boom! Cast - Every Performer and Character in the Netflix Movie

The Tick, Tick… Boom! cast features Andrew Garfield, Alexandra Shipp and Robin de Jesús. This info article contains minor spoilers for Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 2021 Netflix movie. Check out more streaming guides in Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section.

Tick, Tick… Boom! centers on the late American playwright Jonathan Larson. During the early 90s, he worries about turning 30 and tries to develop a dream project. The storyline explores the subject’s creative process and spotlights the most influential people in his life. Here’s every main player in Tick, Tick… Boom!, an adaptation of Larson’s posthumously produced musical.

Tick, Tick… Boom! Cast: Andrew Garfield as Jonathan Larson

Tick, Tick... Boom! Cast on Netflix - Andrew Garfield as Jonathan Larson

Character Profile: The late American playwright. In 1990, he hopes to complete his dream project, “Superbia,” while approaching his 30th birthday. Jon worries about wasting time and thus experiences conflict with his girlfriend Susan.

Garfield’s Resume: Eduardo Saverin in The Social Network (2010), Spider-Man/Peter Parker in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), Desmond Doss in Hacksaw Ridge (2016), Sam in Under the Silver Lake (2018), Jim Bakker in The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2021)

Tick, Tick… Boom! Cast: Alexandra Shipp as Susan

Tick, Tick... Boom! Cast on Netflix - Alexandra Shipp as Susan

Character Profile: Jon’s girlfriend. She’s a dancer and Midwest native who studied biology in college. Susan receives a job offers in the Berkshires and contemplates her future with Jon.

Shipp’s Resume: Kim in Straight Outta Compton (2015), Ororo Munroe/Storm in the X-Men Movie Franchise (2016-), Abby in Love, Simon (2018), Riley Jean Stanheight in Endless (2020), Regina in Asking for It (2021)

Tick, Tick… Boom! Cast: Robin de Jesús as Michael

Tick, Tick... Boom! Cast on Netflix - Robin de Jesús as Michael

Character Profile: Jon’s longtime friend and roommate. He’s a gay man who works in advertising. Michael receives bad news about his health, which has a profound effect on Jon.

De Jesús’s Resume: Michael in Camp (2003), Jose Silva in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2012-16), Romeo Torres in Hair Brained (2013), Emory in The Boys in the Band (2020), George in Milkwater (2020)

Tick, Tick… Boom! Cast: Vanessa Hudgens as Karessa Johnson

Tick, Tick... Boom! Cast on Netflix - Vanessa Hudgens as Karessa Johnson

Character Profile: Jon’s musical collaborator, a vocalist. She has a few speaking scenes but mostly sings throughout the movie. Karessa performs a comedic duet with Jon about his relationship with Susan.

Hudgens’ Resume: Gabriella Montez in the High School Musical Movie Franchise (2006-08), Candy in Spring Breakers (2012), Stacy/Margaret/Fiona in The Princess Switch Movie Franchise (2018-), Kelly in Bad Boys for Life (2020)

Tick, Tick… Boom! Cast: Joshua Henry as Roger

Tick, Tick... Boom! Cast on Netflix - Joshua Henry as Roger

Character Profile: Jon’s colleague, a vocalist. He performs in several musical numbers.

Henry’s Resume: Will in Sex and the City (2008), Wilber in Nip/Tuck (2010), Quincy in Army Wives (2013), Gravesman in Winter’s Tale (2014), Jerlamarel in See (2019-)

Tick, Tick… Boom! Cast: Jonathan Marc Sherman as Ira Weitzman

Tick, Tick... Boom! Cast on Netflix - Jonathan Marc Sherman as Ira Weitzman

Character Profile: The head of musical theatre at Playwright Horizons. He leads a workshop of “Superbia.” Ira doesn’t have the funds to financially support Jon’s dream project.

Sherman’s Resume: An American Playwright Known for Serendipity and Serenity (1987 and Women and Wallace (1988) — Also, Don Quixote Student #2 in Quiz Show (1994), Party Philosopher in The Hottest State (2006), Sam in Blaze (2018)

Tick, Tick… Boom! Cast: MJ Rodriguez as Carolyn

Tick, Tick... Boom! Cast on Netflix - MJ Rodriguez as Carolyn

Character Profile: Jon’s co-worker at Moondance Diner. She provides updates on the health of their sick friend, Freddy. Carolyn wants Jon to stay in midtown Manhattan.

Rodriguez’s Resume: Lonna in Nurse Jackie (2012), Sister Boy in Luke Cage (2016), Ebony in Saturday Church (2017), Blanca Rodriguez in Pose (2018-), Emma in Adam (2019)

Tick, Tick… Boom! Cast: Ben Levi Ross as Freddy

Tick, Tick... Boom! Cast on Netflix - Ben Levi Ross as Freddy

Character Profile: Jon’s Moondance Diner co-worker. He is HIV positive and spends time in the hospital.

Ross’ Resume: An American Stage Performer (Dear Evan Hansen) — Also, Feste in Acting for a Cause (2020), Feature Movie Debut in Tick, Tick… Boom!

Tick, Tick… Boom! Cast: Judith Light as Rosa Stevens

Tick, Tick... Boom! Cast on Netflix - Judith Light as Rosa Stevens

Character Profile: Jon’s agent. She seems aloof but remembers about a “Superbia” presentation. Rosa urges Jon to move forward with a new project.

Light’s Resume: Angela Bower in Who’s the Boss? (1984-1992), Claire Meade in Ugly Betty (2006-10), Shelly Pfefferman in Transparent (2014-19), Dede Standish in The Politician (2019-20), Susan Carpenter-McMillan in American Crime Story (2021)

Tick, Tick… Boom! Cast: Bradley Whitford as Stephen Sondheim

Tick, Tick... Boom! Cast on Netflix - Bradley Whitford as Stephen Sondheim

Character Profile: The famous American composer. He praises Jon’s “first rate lyric and tune” in “Superbia.” Stephen tells the young composer that he’s missing a song for Elizabeth in the turning point of the stage production.

Resume: Eric Gordon in Billy Madison (1995), Josh Lyman in The West Wing (1999-2006), Hadley in The Cabin in the Woods (2011), Dean Armitage in Get Out (2017), Joseph Lawrence in The Handmaid’s Tale (2018-21)


The Tick, Tick… Boom! cast also includes Laura Benanti (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Supergirl), Danielle Ferland (Radio Days, Mighty Aphrodite), Micaela Diamond (Feature Debut), Utkarsh Ambudkar (Blindspotting, Free Guy), Gizel Jimenez (Neighbors, Dexter: New Blood), Kate Rockwell (Almost Family, Blue Bloods), Aneesa Folds (Feature Debut), Joel Perez (Person of Interest, Odd Mom Out), Anna A. Louizos (Feature Debut) and Robyn Goodman (The Rehearsal).

Q.V. Hough (@QVHough) is Vague Visages’ founding editor.

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