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Be More Chill’ will transfer to Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre

“Be More Chill” will open on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre in March. The musical, with a score by Joe Iconis and a book by Joe Tracz, is currently running off-Broadway at the Signature Center through Sept. 30. “Be More Chill” originally premiered at the Two River Theater in New Jersey in 2015 and gained a second life after the cast recording caught on with fans.

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VIDEO: The BE MORE CHILL Cast Reacts to Their Broadway Upgrade!

It was reported today that the teen musical sensation Be More Chill will open on Broadway in 2019. See footage from inside the show's company meeting, where the team broke the news of their Broadway upgrade to a very excited cast. See the video below!

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Be More Chill is heading to Broadway in 2019

Get ready to Be More Chill about Broadway. The Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz musical, which debuted Off-Broadway this summer and steadily built buzz on social media, will transfer to Broadway next year. Based on the cult sensation novel by Ned Vizzini and directed by Stephen Brackett, Be More Chill show tells the story of a regular teenager (currently being played Off-Broadway by Dear Evan Hansen‘s Will Roland), who takes a literal chill pill. 

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Be More Chill’ Is Heading to Broadway, Fueled by Social Media

Be More Chill,” an energetic sci-fi musical set in the anxious halls of a high school, is coming to Broadway, propelled not by a presold megabrand or raves from critics, but a surge of social media. Producers are betting that Broadway, increasingly dominated by movie adaptations, jukebox musicals and plays starring celebrities, has room for a no-name show whose early evangelists have been adolescents converted to fandom by streaming the cast album online.

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The cult musical 'Be More Chill' is moving to Broadway

"Be More Chill," the too-cool-for-school Off-Broadway musical about a nerdy high schooler who becomes super-popular after ingesting a computer chip in pill form, will make the move to Broadway's Lyceum Theatre in March. The show, adapted from a young-adult novel by the late Ned Vizzini, has been a sellout during its 10-week run at Manhattan's Pershing Square Signature Center, which ends Sept. 30.

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Watch the Cast and Creative Team of Be More Chill React to the News of the Broadway Transfer

On September 5, Be More Chill announced that it would transfer from its sold-out Off-Broadway run to Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre. Performances will begin February 13, 2019.

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Be More Chill Will Transfer to Broadway This Spring

Following a sold-out run this summer at the Pershing Square Signature Center, Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz's Be More Chill will move to Broadway's Lyceum Theatre in early 2019. Previews are scheduled to begin February 13, with opening night set for March 10. Inspired by the novel by Ned Vizzini, the musical is directed by Stephen Brackett with choreography by Chase Brock.

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Off Broadway Internet Sensation Be More Chill Will Transfer to Broadway

Like a loner who suddenly, magically becomes popular, the Off Broadway hit Be More Chill is moving to Broadway. The musical adaptation of Ned Vizzini’s novel about a high-school kid who discovers a supercomputer that makes him cool, which has music and lyrics by Joe Iconis and a book by Joe Tracz, will transfer to the Lyceum Theater this spring.

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BWW Interview: Stephanie Hsu Brings the Heat and Heart to BE MORE CHILL

Stephanie Hsu wasn't prepared for Be More Chill's juggernaut trajectory when she originated the role of the theater-loving nerd Christine Canigula in a month-long production at Two River Theater in 2015. This sci-fi musical comedy about existential teenage angst, augmented by a super-charged pill, had a cast album recorded and let loose on social media with no great expectations. But Be More Chill blew up Spotify with 150 million streams.

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Warming to Broadway

Joe Iconis is about to explode. But this isn’t news to him. From the moment the composer-lyricist started winning up-and-comer awards after finishing NYU Tisch’s musical theater graduate program in 2005, Iconis has been told time and time again that he’s on the verge of his big break.

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Joe Iconis Talks Finding the Sound for Be More Chill’s Rock ’n’ Roll Score

“I’m just a fan of high school movies,” says composer-lyricist Joe Iconis. “Joe [Tracz] and I are super inspired by film. The thing that I loved when I read Be More Chill is this really exciting and specific high school story. They were archetypes, but they were complex. Everyone is sort of in between the boxes.

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How Did the Stars of Mean Girls, SpongeBob, Be More Chill, and More Spend Their Summers?

As the fall approaches, we look back on the summers of SpongeBob’s Ethan Slater, Mean Girls’ Park, Be More Chill’s George Salazar, The Lion King’s Bradley Gibson, Bandstand’s Laura Osnes, and The Band’s Visit’s Adam Kantor.

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Who Are the Characters of Be More Chill?

Ever since the cast album of New Jersey’s Two River Theater production of Be More Chill was released, listeners (predominantly of the teen variety) have latched on to the high-school narrative of the sci-fi musical written by Joe Tracz with a score by Joe Iconis, based on the novel by Ned Vizzini. Those fans have largely had to imagine the characters who sing these earworms—until now.

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The little musical that could: can Be More Chill become the next Hamilton?

When high school-set musical Be More Chill finished its month-long run at New Jersey’s Two River Theatre three summers ago, composer Joe Iconis was already familiar with the sinking disappointment of putting a show to bed. Many times before, he says, a musical of his had enjoyed a solid run off-off-Broadway, or at a regional theatre, and failed to gain traction after attempts to woo producers.

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Actor Jason Tam plays Squip in cult favorite ‘Be More Chill

Jason Tam, the Broadway actor from Honolulu, is in the cast of a new cult favorite, “Be More Chill,” playing to untold sellouts and cheers, in a limited run through Sept. 23 at the Signature Theatre on 42nd Street.

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BWW Exclusive: The Many Faces of BE MORE CHILL's Jason SweetTooth Williams!

Perhaps no show is more chill right now than Be More Chill, which after celebrating a triumphant opening earlier this month, and selling out it's entire run beforehand, has already extended through September 30 at The Pershing Square Signature Center.  Enjoying the show's success is Jason SweetTooth Williams, who is taking us backstage for an inside look at the many characters that he brings to life eight times a week!

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Young Fans Scream for 'Be More Chill' Musical

"Be More Chill" may be the best musical you've never heard of -- until now. Here's how the soundtrack started getting attention among young people across the country. Jen Maxfield reports.

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Jason Tam Shares His Evolution of Lewks as the Otherworldly, Animesque Be More Chill Villain, the SQUIP

In the new hit musical Be More Chill, suburban nerd Jeremy finds a pill from Japan that allows a quantum computer to implant itself in his brain to make him cool. It's called the SQUIP, it's evil, and it's played brilliantly by Jason Tam. Jason (A Chorus Line, If/Then, and Lysistrata Jones and the off-Broadway hit KPOP) appears to Jeremy as Keanu Reeves-inspired sensei of cool, and as Jeremy's life upgrades so does the SQUIP.

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‘Smash’ Songwriter Joe Iconis On How ‘Be More Chill’ Became Off-Broadway’s Stealth Sensation: On Theater

Theater producers are asking Joe Iconis how he did it. How did the composer turn a low-profile musical with the tween-friendly title Be More Chill, originally staged to little fanfare three years ago at a New Jersey regional theater, into a sold-out Off Broadway wonder?

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‘Be More Chill’ Star Gerard Canonico Finds ‘The Feels’ In The Viral Teen Hit

Gerard Canonico has made youthful angst part of his signature as an actor and singer. The New Jersey native brought a rebellious edge to Broadway’s “Spring Awakening” and “American Idiot,” and though his characters were defined by their steely confidence, he tapped into his experience being bullied as a teen to portray them.

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Off-Broadway's most 'Chill' leading man

In ‘Be More Chill,’ an unparalleled new Off-Broadway musical sensation currently taking New York by storm, teenaged outsider Jeremy Heere partakes in an honest, yet hilarious journey through a high school’s minefield to find his authentic self. Much like Jeremy, the actor playing him has an enormous heart. However, Will Roland says that he had to make it through his formative years in Locust Valley before he truly understood what it means to be a good person.

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A New Musical Explores the Temptation of Popularity

Joe Iconis, Will Roland, and George Salazar discuss the new musical Be More Chill. The play compares the fantasy of living the "perfect life" against the reality of being yourself. Iconis wrote the music and lyrics and Roland and Salazar star in the limited 9-week, off-Broadway engagement now playing through September 23 at The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center.

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Be More Chill: The Upgrade — Episode 5: "And All That Followed"

At long last, Be More Chill celebrated its off-Broadway opening night on August 9. The cast and creative team toasted their success with another milestone: After selling out their entire initial run, they sold out their extension in just nine hours. But is off-Broadway the end of the road?

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Why Will Roland Left ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ for ‘Be More Chill’

“Dear Evan Hansen” has ascended to a mainstream echelon of success that few pieces of theater achieve, so you would think leaving the show would be an impossibly hard decision for an actor to make, right? Actually, wrong—at least in the case of Will Roland, who was with that musical for four years.

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Listen: How Off Broadway Hit ‘Be More Chill’ Is Like ‘Hamilton’

It’s one thing to be told that the Off Broadway musical “Be More Chill” is a viral hit on the internet. It’s quite another to experience the hype live and in the room, where the audience explodes like it’s at a rock concert — or at another musical that’s playing just a few blocks away.

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AM 970 THE ANSWER: Be More Chill

Valerie Smaldone chats with the creators of Be More Chill, Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz.

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Be More Chill: The Upgrade — Episode 4: "Everything Is Going to Be Wonderful"

Tech is the period when the cast and creative team of a show leave the rehearsal room and head into the theater. It's an arduous process, as choreography is adjusted, sets come together, costumes are fitted, and the company begins performing with the band for the first time.

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Why the off-Broadway musical Be More Chill is a viral teen sensation

Be More Chill is an underground sensation of an off-Broadway musical. It is wildly adored by its teen fan base, but until this summer, it existed only in a brief month-long run in New Jersey theater in 2015, plus the accompanying cast album. That’s all there was — and that was all it took to make the show a sensation.

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LISTEN: Spotlight: Joe Iconis, “Be More Chill

Jena Tesse Fox interview Joe Iconis for Spotlight on Broadway Radio.

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BWW TV: Inside Opening Night of BE MORE CHILL Off-Broadway!

The highly anticipated musical Be More Chill is now running through September 23 at The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street, NYC) and opens tonight, August 9. Based on the cult sensation novel by Ned Vizzini.

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