Swell Superbia: the Supporting Men of tick, tick…BOOM!

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tick, tick…BOOM! supporting standouts Robin de Jesús and Joshua Henry talk about discovering Jonathan Larson, their twenties, and how Spike Lee’s Crooklyn is due for the musical treatment.

Out now in theaters and streaming on Netflix, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s adaptation of Jonathan Larson’s autobiographical stage musical tick, tick…BOOM! is generating plenty of buzz across the Letterboxd boards. Part of that praise has been heading to supporting stars Robin de Jesús, who plays Larson’s departing roommate and closest friend Michael, and Joshua Henry, who serves alongside Vanessa Hudgens and others as part of Larson’s de-facto Greek chorus.

Hopping on the line with Letterboxd’s Jack Moulton, the duo discuss their personal connections with Larson’s work: “I got an appreciation for his passion for authenticity, for his desire to bring his very diverse group of friends to the forefront and present them onstage and say: look world, this is how all of us live”, says Henry.

Other topics on the table include working with star Andrew Garfield (who Henry is “in awe” of), reflecting on their twenties (“forget regret, life is yours to miss”, says de Jesús), and their favorite comfort musicals.

Head to Journal for the full conversation.