Joe Iconis received his first Tony nomination this week for his score of Be More Chill, and now we've got an exclusive track from the show's new Broadway cast recording, being released tomorrow, May 3. Listen to "Upgrade" below.
Inspired by the novel by Ned Vizzini, Be More Chill features a score by Iconis and book by Joe Tracz. The Broadway cast features Will Roland as Jeremy, George Salazar as Michael, 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. Off-Broadway understudies Cameron Bond, Troy Iwata, and Talia Suskauer are joined by Anthony Chatmon II, Morgan Siobhan Green, and Joel Waggoner for the Broadway run.
Be More Chill is directed by Stephen Brackett with choreography by Chase Brock. 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). The musical premiered in 2015 at Two River Theater, in Red Bank, New Jersey, and ran in the summer of 2018 at the Pershing Square Signature Center.