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Broadway-Bound Be More Chill Is Also Headed to the Big Screen

The musical, written by Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz, finds a home with the executive producers of Stranger Things and Supergirl.

Jason Tam as The Squip with Will Roland as Jeremy in the off-Broadway production of Be More Chill.
(© Maria Baranova)

Before it even takes its bow on Broadway, Be More Chill has added some additional street cred to its name with the announcement that a movie adaptation will not be far behind, according to published reports.

Shepherding the project to the screen are executive producers Shawn Levy (Stranger Things) and Greg Berlanti (Supergirl) through their production companies 21 Laps and Berlanti Productions, respectively. Additional information, including cast and timeline, has not yet been announced.

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 stage adaptation is directed by Stephen Brackett, with choreography by Chase Brock.

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.


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