The film follows Jon (Academy Award nominee and Tony Award winner Andrew Garfield), a young theater composer who's waiting tables at a New York City diner in 1990 while writing what he hopes will be the next great American musical. Days before he's due to showcase his work in a make-or-break performance, Jon is feeling the pressure from everywhere: from his girlfriend Susan, who dreams of an artistic life beyond New York City; from his friend Michael, who has moved on from his dream to a life of financial security; amidst an artistic community being ravaged by the AIDS epidemic. With the clock ticking, Jon is at a crossroads and faces the question everyone must reckon with: What are we meant to do with the time we have?
The film is written by Tony Award winner Steven Levenson, and produced by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, Julie Oh, and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Produced by Grammy, Tony and Emmy winners Alex Lacamoire and Bill Sherman along with Kurt Crowley. Mixed by Grammy winner Greg Wells and music supervised by Grammy winner and Emmy nominee Steven Gizicki.