Be More Chill Will Transfer to Broadway This Spring
The new Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz musical gets ready for its Broadway debut.
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.
The off-Broadway engagement stars Will Roland as Jeremy and George Salazar as Michael. They are joined by Gerard Canonico as Rich, Katlyn Carlson as Chloe, Stephanie Hsu as Christine, Tiffany Mann as Jenna, Lauren Marcus as Brooke, Britton Smith as Jake, Jason Tam as The Squip, and Jason SweetTooth Williams as Jeremy's Dad and Mr. Reyes. Cameron Bond, Troy Iwata, and Talia Suskauer are the company swings.
Be More Chill features music and lyrics by Iconis and a book by Tracz. The story is described as follows: "Jeremy Heere is your average, nothing-special teenager at Middleborough High in nothing-special New Jersey...until the day he finds out about 'The Squip.' Thus begins a journey that pits Jeremy's desire to be popular against his struggle to remain true to his authentic self."
The musical premiered in 2015 at Two River Theater, in Red Bank, New Jersey.
The creative team includes Beowulf Boritt (scenic design), Bobby Frederick Tilley II (costume design), Tyler Micoleau (lighting), Ryan Rumery (sound design), Emily Marshall (musical direction), and Charlie Rosen (orchestrations).