VIDEO: Joe Iconis and George Salazar perform on Good Day New York
Joe Iconis and George Salazar of the cult phenomenon musical Be More Chill perform "Michael In The Bathroom" on Good Day New York.
VIDEO: Sitting down with the 'Be More Chill' family
Joe Iconis and his family – Will Roland, George Salazar and Lauren Marcus – tell us all about the smash hit off-Broadway musical “Be More Chill,” which has grown from humble beginnings in New Jersey to a certified viral sensation.
Mental Illness: [Enter Stage Right]
Musicals about mental illness are a lucrative artistic trend in theatre. And these productions are breaking new ground with their honest, entertaining portrayals of disorders that 1 in 5 Americans live with. Depicting these disorders help audiences better understand common challenges to mental health, but it can also take a toll on the actors. We check in on what it takes to suffer with mental illness on stage night after night, and talk about how theater uniquely treads into provocative territory in ways film and TV can’t.
VIDEO: Be More Chill: The Upgrade — Episode 2: "I Love Play Rehearsal"
Two weeks before Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz's musical Be More Chill began performances at the Pershing Square Signature Center, the production invited the Broadway press corps to an open rehearsal where the company presented several musical numbers. But what is the rehearsal process really like? Early on in the process, TheaterMania got the inside scoop for our ongoing series, Be More Chill: The Upgrade.
5 Shows to See in New York: Be More Chill
Not many musicals come to New York already a cult sensation. But after a 2013 production at Two River Theater in Red Bank, N.J., “Be More Chill” went viral on the internet for reasons that still mystify its authors, Joe Iconis (songs) and Joe Tracz (book). The cast album has been streamed more than 100 million times in the United States.
Joe Iconis & Lauren Marcus: How To Be Cool For School
Not a soul in our home (including our cat, Diane Kitten, a very smug creature we believe to have been the most well-liked among homeless felines of Queens County) is under any pretense that we were popular in high school. These days we are West Bank Cafe martini-drinkin, Sunday-afternoon-flea-market-scouting, Hell's Kitchen artist royalty. But when we take an honest gander at our school years, we can admit that high school was a bitch.
VIDEO: Up Close and Personal With Be More Chill’s Choreographer Chase Brock
Chase Brock is a choreographer working in theater, modern dance, ballet, opera, television and video games. He made his name on Broadway in SPIDER-MAN Turn off the Dark (dir. Julie Taymor) and Sam Gold’s Broadway revival of Picnic (Roundabout Theatre Company).
VIDEO: Broadway Unplugged: Be More Chill Cast & Creators Come Together For an Awesome, Acoustic Version of "The Pants Song"
Be More Chill fans, are you ready to have your mind blown for 3 minutes?! Because Joe Iconis dropped by the studio with two of the musical's stars, Jason "SweetTooth" Williams & George Salazar, Charlie Rosen, and Danielle Gimbal to perform an incredible, fun, acoustic new version of the "The Pants Song."
VIDEO: Up Close and Personal With Be More Chill’s Tiffany Mann
Tiffany Mann caught the natural acting and performing talent from her parents. Living and working in New York City, Tiffany is a performer in musical theater and opera. She made her Broadway debut as the scene-stealing, shade-throwing Nurse Norma in the hit musical Waitress. On TV, Tiffany co-starred as Cheryl on NBC’s Rise and Taystee’s mom on Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black.
Checking In With the "Chill" Joe Tracz
For most people, high school is a minefield to be navigated – something to get through and move past. But the world of theatre can’t help but revisit it, as recent musicals like Dear Evan Hansen and Mean Girls demonstrate. Audiences are eagerly anticipating the arrival of another member of the high school show club: Be More Chill. The show, based on the 2004 young adult novel by Ned Vizzini, has been adapted Joe Tracz, who worked with composer-lyricist Joe Iconis.
Why Be More Chill is the Dear Evan Hansen of the 21st century
Coming-of-age stories have always featured plenty of drama and outrageous characters — so why are they just now trending on Broadway? The last couple years have seen the genre become a popular niche in musicals, with Dear Evan Hansen racking up six Tony Awards and Mean Girls being the hottest new ticket of 2018. And the next big thing is Be More Chill.
What's It Like To Star In A Cult Musical?
Stephanie Hsu realized something was happening when she started getting tagged in fan art of her Be More Chill character: Christine Canigula. She was surprised that young people from all over the world had discovered an obscure musical that only ran for a month at New Jersey's Two River Theater back in 2015. "We had so much fun while we were out there, but I wasn't thinking that it would generate such a huge following," says Hsu.
VIDEO: Watch Episode 1 of Our New Behind-the-Scenes Series Be More Chill: The Upgrade
After playing 28 performances at Two River Theater in 2015, this adaptation of Ned Vizzini's young-adult novel seemed to have disappeared. But thanks to the cast recording, listeners began discovering it. Amassing a major fan base, Be More Chill became the second-most-talked-about musical on Tumblr (after Hamilton and before Dear Evan Hansen), and is now making it's off-Broadway debut.
VIDEO: Up Close and Personal With Be More Chill’s Will Roland
Dear Evan Hansen’s Will Roland will lead a company that also features members of the 2015 New Jersey premiere. Roland is also known for his role in the drama film One Penny. Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz’ new musical, Be More Chill based on the cult teen novel by Ned Vizzini.
VIDEO: Up Close and Personal With Be More Chill’s George Salazar
George Salazar is an American actor, singer, and musician known for his work on and off Broadway. He most recently appeared in Lucille Lortel Theatre’s production of The Lightning Thief. In 2011, he made his Broadway debut in the revival of Godspell. George appeared in his most recognizable role to date as Michael in Be More Chill at the Two River Theater. Salazar sings “Michael In the Bathroom” one of the shows most iconic songs.
'Be More Chill' star Lauren Marcus on her alopecia diagnosis: 'I'm trying to find the best in it'
When theater performer Lauren Marcus suddenly started losing her hair last fall at age 32, she was terrified for her health and her career. She says her diagnosis of alopecia areata affected every aspect of her life at a time when she’s gearing up for her highest-profile role to date, in Be More Chill.
VIDEO: BWW TV: Just Chillin' with the Company of BE MORE CHILL- Plus a Sneak Peek!
Be More Chill is headed for off-Broadway and we're taking you inside their rehearsal in preparation for the run. Check out the hot young cast in action and see BroadwayWorld's own Richard Ridge get up close and personal with the company before their NYC upgrade!
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.
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.
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 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.