The Fascinating Success Story Of The Cult-Hit Musical That Almost Didn't Happen
"Be More Chill" is a musical success story that almost didn't happen. The Off-Broadway show debuting later this month enjoyed modest success when it first premiered at Two River Theater in New Jersey in 2015. The production ran for six weeks and a cast album got made. Two years later, without warning or any particular prompt, fan interest took off in the form of an underground viral obsession, particularly among young people. Streams of the cast recording were downloaded more than a hundred million times and the blizzard of attention led to the revival opening July 26 at the Pershing Square Signature Center.
Lortel Winner Tiffany Mann & More Complete the Cast of Off-Broadway's Be More Chill
2018 Lucille Lortel Award-winning actress Tiffany Mann (Jerry Springer—The Opera) is among the final stars announced to appear in the off-Broadway premiere of Be More Chill, featuring music and lyrics by Joe Iconis and a book by Joe Tracz. Mann will play Jenna in the musical set to play The Pershing Square Signature Center from July 26 through September 23. Stephen Brackett will direct and Chase Brock will choreograph the show, which will officially open on August 9.
Meet Joe Iconis and Be More Chill Stars at Box Office Event
The stars of Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz's upcoming off-Broadway musical Be More Chill will greet fans at a box office event on Friday, June 8, at the Pershing Square Signature Center.
The event will feature selfies, giveaways, and other surprises, with Iconis, director Stephen Brackett, and stars Katlyn Carlson, Lauren Marcus, Will Roland, George Salazar, and Jason SweetTooth Williams hanging out with fans and ticket buyers.
Jason Tam Joins Off-Broadway’s Be More Chill
Jason Tam will appear in the Off-Broadway premiere of Be More Chill, taking on the role of the SQUIP (Super Quantum Unit Intel Processor). As previously reported, the musical, featuring a score by Joe Iconis and a book by Joe Tracz, will begin performances July 26 at the Irene Diamond Stage at the Pershing Square Signature Center.
Be More Chill Will Play Off-Broadway; Will Roland to Star
The underground favorite Be More Chill will receive its New York premiere this summer. The musical, featuring a score by Joe Iconis (The Black Suits, Smash) and a book by Joe Tracz (The Lightning Thief), will play a limited engagement beginning July 26 at the Irene Diamond Stage at the Pershing Square Signature Center.
"How an Anxious-Adolescent Musical (No, Not That One) Found Its Fans"
Before “Be More Chill” even starts previews at the Pershing Square Signature Center on July 26, it will already be one of the most popular new musicals in America, with a passionate fan base that dwarfs the number of people who have ever seen the show.