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BE MORE CHILL To Open On Broadway in 2019
Cast Members from Be More Chill (Maria Baranova)
Be More Chill will have it’s much anticipated Broadway bow in 2019. After concluding its sold-out 10-week engagement on September 30th, Be More Chill will begin performances at Broadway’s Lyceum Theater (currently home to The Play That Goes Wrong) on February 10th with an opening night set for March 10th.
Be More Chill, features music and lyrics by Joe Iconis (NBC's "Smash," The Black Suits, Broadway Bounty Hunter) and a book by Joe Tracz (The Lightning Thief, Netflix's "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events") based on the cult sensation novel by Ned Vizzini. Stephen Brackett (Buyer & Cellar) directs and Chase Brock (HBO's "Last Week Tonight," Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark) choreographs
The current New York casts includes Gerard Canonico as Rich, Katlyn Carlson as Chloe, Stephanie Hsu (SpongeBob SquarePants) as Christine, Tiffany Mann (Waitress, Jerry Springer the Opera) as Jenna, Lauren Marcus as Brooke, Will Roland (Dear Evan Hansen, The Black Suits) as Jeremy, George Salazar (tick tick BOOM!, Godspell, The Lightning Thief) as Michael, Britton Smith as Jake, Jason Tam (NBC's "Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert," KPOP) as The Squip, and Jason SweetTooth Williams as Jeremy's Dad/Mr. Reyes. Cameron Bond, Troy Iwata, and Talia Suskauer are the company swings.
The official synopsis from the press release reads: "What if popularity came in a pill? Would you take it, no questions asked? In Be More Chill, achieving that elusive "perfect life" is now possible thanks to some mysterious new technology-but it comes at a cost that's not as easy to swallow. What could possibly go wrong? Blending the contemporary with retro sci-fi, this thrillingly exciting, comically subversive, and deeply felt new musical takes on the competing voices in all of our heads. And ultimately proves, there's never been a better time in history to be yourself-especially if you're a loser...geek...or whatever"
Before arriving in New York, Be More Chill had already amassed an unprecedented following across various online platforms, with millions of fans from Brazil to Japan to New Jersey sharing fan art, streaming the album (over 170 million streams to date), and talking about the show. In 2017, Tumblr ranked Be More Chill as the #2 most talked-about musical on their platform, following Hamilton.
The New York premiere production of Be More Chill currently is currently running through September 30 at The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street, NYC).