Broadway Bucket List: Be More Chill Star George Salazar Breaks the Mold As He Sings His Dream Roles with the Help of Lauren Marcus & Joe Iconis
George Salazar is having a well-deserved moment right now originating the role of Michael Mell in Joe Iconis' new hit musical Be More Chill. His big song "Michael in the Bathroom" has millions of views on YouTube, and stops the show nightly as crowds go wild hearing it live.
Broadway Profiles: Joe Iconis
Broadway Profiles is a syndicated show offering viewers the best seat in the house to the heart and soul of Broadway. It includes exhilarating performances and interviews. Tamsen Fadal takes viewers on a tour of these great performances and behind-the-scenes insights from some of theatre’s most talented stars while highlighting memorable performance footage.
I Took My Teenager to see “Be More Chill” (and she thought I was cool for two minutes)
Most of the time, my middle child drives me absolutely insane. She’s loud and ambitious and talks a lot and LOVES Broadway shows. She sings in her room for hours and barely focuses on much of anything else. She’s pretty much exactly like me when I was her age. That’s why, one day, when she ran down the stairs to talk to me, I figured I’d listen. “Mom! This is work-related. Pay attention to me. Be More Chill!!! You gotta get tickets! …”
Billboard on Broadway Podcast: Viral Sensation 'Be More Chill'
It's not unusual for musicals to follow long and indirect paths to Broadway. But even by usual measures, the trajectory of the new musical Be More Chill is both unusual and incredible. The show started out in an off-off-Broadway run in New Jersey in 2015; closed and for a time went off the radar; mysteriously resurfaced on the internet via YouTube videos, fan art and more about a year and a half later; became a viral, streaming sensation; and, this summer, got an official, major off-Broadway run which immediately sold out -- preceding the recent announcement that the show would begin Broadway performances in February 2019.
How social media earned "Be More Chill" a spot on Broadway
The power of social media is catapulting one musical into Broadway's limelight. Producers announced last Wednesday that "Be More Chill" is expected to open on March 10, 2019 at the Lyceum Theatre. The show's growing buzz has Broadway fans wondering if it could become the next "Hamilton."
Off-Broadway musical 'Be More Chill' heads to Broadway
The off-Broadway high school themed show will soon move to Broadway after a surge in a fan following on Tumblr and Spotify. The cast of ‘Be More Chill’ says their social media growth is a testament to the organic storyline and the ability to connect with the characters in high school situations.
Stephanie Hsu Takes on Seven Questions About Be More Chill, Christine Canigula, Moving to Broadway, & SpongeBob
Stephanie Hsu gives a breakout performance as the leading lady of the hit new musical Be More Chill. Stephanie plays Christine Canigula, a high school theatre nerd who wins the heart of the main character, Will, and the school's jock heartthrob, Jake. Her big number "I Love Play Rehearsal" is a total showstopper and an anthem for musical geeks everywhere.
Broadway-bound 'Be More Chill' is a viral — and diverse — hit
When George Salazar was in college, majoring in musical theater, he had a Puerto Rican professor who told him, more than once, “You’re not going to work until you’re in your 40s.” Salazar is half Filipino and Ecuadorian, and was entering an industry with a lack of opportunities for people of color. To Salazar, that professor was preparing him “to get to New York and fail.”
Broadway Is About To 'Be More Chill'
When the sci-fi teen musical Be More Chill opened in New Jersey a few years ago, it got a ho-hum critical response. But then something surprising happened. The cast recording and some YouTube videos went viral. Then came fan art, fan fiction and fan covers of the songs on social media. When the show opened off-Broadway last month, it sold out entirely. In February, Be More Chill will move to Broadway.
“Personally Speaking” with Jason Tam
RADIO INTERVIEW: In this episode of Personally Speaking, Monsignor Jim Lisante is joined by actor Jason Tam. Jason’s currently starring in the hit Off-Broadway musical “Be More Chill”. Jason made his Broadway debut in the original production of “Les Miserables”, and he played the apostle Peter this past spring in NBC’s live production of “Jesus Christ Superstar.
“BE MORE CHILL”: STAR GEORGE SALAZAR AND COMPOSER JOE ICONIS TALK SLEEPER HIT’S VIRAL FAME
Unlike most shows that reach Broadway, “Be More Chill” became a hit not from stellar ticket sales during its original run or critical approval, but from a powerful young fan base who connected deeply with its characters and streamed the pop-rock soundtrack more than 160 million times.
Hit ‘Be More Chill’ heading to Broadway
“Be More Chill,” a new Off-Broadway musical with an unusually devoted fan following among teenagers and on social media, will transfer to Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre in February. Its sold-out Off-Broadway run ends on Sept. 30. Based on Ned Vizzini’s 2004 novel, with a pop-rock score by Joe Iconis and book by Joe Tracz, “Be More Chill” is a high school teen comedy combined with elements of sci-fi and video games.
Broadway Will ‘Be More Chill’ This Spring
Broadway will get an upgrade. Fans of the musical “Be More Chill” have reason to lose all chill entirely. Just before concluding its sold-out Off-Broadway run on Sept. 30, the megahit announced it will move to Broadway—this season. Previews will begin at the Lyceum Theatre on Feb. 13, 2019, ahead of an official opening on March 10. Though not yet confirmed, it’s likely that current stars Will Roland, George Salazar, and Stephanie Hsu will reprise their roles in the Main Stem run.
Viral Hit Musical ‘Be More Chill’ Heading To Broadway This Season
Joe Iconis’ Be More Chill – the musical that sold-out its 10-week Off Broadway run after a 2015 cast album went viral – will get its anticipated Broadway run. Performances begin Wednesday Feb. 13, 2019, with an official opening on Sunday, March 10, at Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre.
Broadway's Next Big Hit: "Be More Chill"
Paul visits the Signature Theatre and goes behind the scenes of the Off-Broadway hit "Be More Chill" to chat with composer/lyricist Joe Iconis and actors Will Roland and Stephanie Hsu. "Be More Chill" will make its Broadway debut in 2019.
Joe Iconis & Joe Tracz's Be More Chill Will Transfer to Broadway
This just might be the news of the day! Be More Chill, Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz's fan-favorite musical currently making its off-Broadway debut at the Pershing Square Signature Center, will move to Broadway's Lyceum Theatre in 2019. Previews will begin on February 13 followed by a March 10 opening night. Tickets are now on sale.