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Making the Music: Joe Iconis Discusses Be More Chill's "Michael in the Bathroom"

The Tony-nominated composer talks about how he came up with the emotional number.

Even though a supporting character sings it, the "Michael in the Bathroom" number turns out to be an emotional highpoint of the Broadway musical Be More Chill: a ballad in which Michael (played by George Salazar) finds himself isolated in a bathroom at a Halloween party and gives heartrending voice to all of his insecurities. In the latest installment of our "Making the Music" series, we invited the musical's Tony-nominated composer, Joe Iconis, to Birdland Jazz Club to discuss the way he came up with what is arguably Be More Chill's most iconic tune.