A new musical that tells the story of an average teenager who takes a pill purported to make people more…chill.
From the producers: 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.
"Be More Chill" is based on the 2004 novel of the same name by Ned Vizzini. Composer Joe Iconis is a recipient of the 2006 Jonathan Larson Award, the 2007 Ed Kleban Award, and a Backstage Bistro Award. He has written musicals and cabaret-style pieces, including "Plastic! The Musical" and "Triumphant Baby!" His song, “Broadway, Here I Come!” was featured on the first episode of the "Be More Chill" premiered in 2015 at New Jersey's Two River Theater before gradually amassing a large fan following online due to the release of the cast album. Here's some rehearsal footage:
Several members from the original company reprise their performances in this production, including Gerard Canonico, Katlyn Carlson, Stephanie Hsu, Lauren Marcus and George Salazar. They are joined by Tiffany Mann, Britton Smith, Jason Tam and Jason SweetTooth Williams. Stephen Brackett directs.