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Be More Chill: From Broadway to the West End

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Be More Chill: From Broadway to the West End

After delighting Broadway audiences earlier this year, the geeky, feel-good musical Be More Chill will receive its London premiere at The Other Palace in 2020. Following a New Jersey teenager who just wants to be popular, it’s a musical centred around social media likes and teenage angst with schoolkids just trying to be liked. With a critically-acclaimed score, book your tickets now for Broadway’s newest cult phenomenon as the original and hilarious show Be More Chill opens in London next year.

Be More Chill at The Other Palace

Why should I see Be More Chill?

If you’re a fan of Heathers, Six, Falsettos or Dear Evan Hansen, you’ll love Be More ChillWith its catchy, infectious melodies as well as its high school setting, young audiences will be able to resonate with the themes discussed and the musical’s stand-out eccentricity! It’s also perfect for theatregoers looking for brand new shows to see in London; with the musical performed on Broadway earlier this year. So, book your tickets to Be More Chill now to guarantee your seat at one of the newest shows in town.

What’s the storyline of Be More Chill?

At the start of Be More Chill, audiences meet Jeremy Heere, a high schooler whose deemed a social outcast at school. When he sees his crush Christine auditioning for the school play, he reluctantly joins. Thrust into working with ‘popular’ cast members, he’s confronted by Rich who tells him about a pill called a ‘super quantum unit Intel processor’ or SQUIP for short – containing a computer that tells the user how to behave. Influenced, Jeremy buys a SQUIP and becomes tired of being a loser, but will he be true to himself?

Be More Chill: The journey to Broadway

Be More Chill received its world premiere at the Two River Theater in New Jersey in 2015, immediately gaining a following with young adults who identified with the musical’s theme. Three years later, the musical transferred off-Broadway for a three month engagement in 2018, extending by an extra week due to popular demand.

At the end of the off-Broadway run, Be More Chill was announced to transfer to Broadway, with previews from 13th February 2019 ahead of an official opening on 10th March 2019. The production ran to 11th August 2019 having played 30 previews and 177 performances.

Is Be More Chill based on a true story?

Be More Chill is based on a 2004 fictional novel by Ned Vizzini. An American childrens writer, Vizzini’s works include Teen Angst? Naaah… and House of Secrets.

Who will star in Be More Chill?

Casting for Be More Chill is to be announced.

The Broadway company starred Will Roland as Jeremy Heere, who originated the role of Jared in Dear Evan Hansen. The company also starred George Salazar, Stephanie Hsu, Gerard Canonico, Katlyn Carlson, Tiffany Mann, Lauren Marcus, Britton Smith, Jason SweetTooth Williams and Jason Tam.

Are there any songs to listen out for in Be More Chill?

Be More Chill features an original Tony Award-nominated soundtrack by Joe Iconis, which climbed up the charts to number 2 when it was released. If there’s one song you need to listen to, it’s ‘Michael in the Bathroom’ performed by George Salazar, which has been streamed over 30 million times worldwide! Listen to the Be More Chill soundtrack here.

What did critics think of Be More Chill?

“The music is relentlessly upbeat and the lyrics witty, Be More Chill follows teen-angst tropes… Be More Chill is so appealing to a youth demographic that traditionally doesn’t attend Broadway.”
Donna Herman
New York Theatre Guide

“Iconis’ pop/rock score, augmented for its Broadway debut with an additional, inconsequential song, “Sync Up,” is catchy enough. It features some fun, upbeat numbers, including the title tune and “Upgrade,” while another, “Michael in the Bathroom,” is a terrific showcase for Salazar, who gets a huge ovation when he first walks onstage, signifying how familiar many audience members already are with the show.”
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

Be More Chill has been hot hot hot. Be More Chill has a foot planted firmly in nostalgia, especially for the movies and music of the 1980s. Even for no-longer-young adults, it has entertaining moments. Iconis’s cannily crafted score features several nifty pop hooks.”
Adam Feldman
Time Out

Where is Be More Chill being performed?

Be More Chill is at The Other Palace from 12th February 2020. The Other Palace is located on Palace Street (SW1E 5JA). The closest train station is London Victoria, which is a 5-minute walk away from the theatre. Victoria, District and Circle line underground services are available from Victoria tube station.

Photo credit: Maria Baranova (from Broadway production)