Broadway.com: The (Nerd) Future Is Now

Broadway.com: The (Nerd) Future Is Now

The new musical Be More Chill examines what happens when an ordinary high schooler ingests a super computer pill (or SQUIP, Super Quantum Unit Intel Processor) that transforms him from dork to popular. Prolific composer/lyricist JOE ICONIS worked with scribe Joe Tracz to adapt Ned Vizzini’s YA novel into a retro sci-fi teen…

Joe Iconis & Joe Tracz's Be More Chill Officially Opens on Broadway

Joe Iconis & Joe Tracz's Be More Chill Officially Opens on Broadway

Be More Chill, the fan-favorite musical written by Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz, celebrates opening night at Broadway's Lyceum Theatre on March 10. Arriving direct from a sold-out off-Broadway engagement, the musical began main-stem previews on February 13. Based on the novel by Ned Vizzini, Be More Chill is the story of Jeremy Heere (played…

Playbill: Why Joe Iconis' 'Broadway Here I Come' Almost Didn't Stay in Smash

Playbill: Why Joe Iconis' 'Broadway Here I Come' Almost Didn't Stay in Smash

This week in the life of Seth Rudetsky, Seth shares stories from a recent interview with Be More Chill composer Joe Iconis, plus teases upcoming concerts with Jeremy Jordan and Gavin Creel. It’s not that I forgot to write my column this week, it’s just that I kept putting it off and it’s now Friday. Regardless, here it is! Last week was my second week…

New York Magazine: Freaking Out About Be More Chill

New York Magazine: Freaking Out About Be More Chill

At the center of the Lyceum Theatre, a Broadway house built in 1903, the Be More Chill set protrudes into its filigreed Beaux-Arts surroundings with concentric frames resembling the beveled outlines of an iPhone. The set has the sheen of a giant video screen, rigged with projections that display the circuitry and computer code essential to the…

Vanity Fair: The Cast of Broadway’s Be More Chill Is Ready for Their Close-Up

Vanity Fair: The Cast of Broadway’s Be More Chill Is Ready for Their Close-Up

The futuristic novel-turned-musical finds its final home on the theater stage and expects to draw crowds from across the country. “Mean Girls meets The Matrix” is how a cast member from the initial run of Be More Chill described the musical in 2015. Today, lead actor Will Roland likes to call it “Little Shop of Horrors meets Ready Player One.” Based…

How Be More Chill Exploded Into An Internet Sensation And Landed On Broadway

How Be More Chill Exploded Into An Internet Sensation And Landed On Broadway

In 2012 Joe Iconis’ agent gave him a novel by Ned Vizzini called Be More Chill. Iconis is a prolific and crazy-talented composer, lyricist and writer, whose credits include writing the song “Broadway, Here I Come” for Smash. The agent said, “Check this out. This book reminded me of you.” The moment he read the novel Iconis immediately knew the…

‘Be More Chill’ Composer Joe Iconis’ New Musical Sets Off-Broadway Premiere; ‘Orange Is The New Black’ Actress To Star

‘Be More Chill’ Composer Joe Iconis’ New Musical Sets Off-Broadway Premiere; ‘Orange Is The New Black’ Actress To Star

EXCLUSIVE: New musical Broadway Bounty Hunter from Be More Chill composer Joe Iconis will get its New York premiere Off Broadway this summer with Orange is the New Black actress Annie Golden reprising her critically acclaimed lead performance. The new musical will begin previews Tuesday, July 9 at Greenwich House Theater in…

The Guy Behind ‘Be More Chill’ Is Keeping It in the Family

The Guy Behind ‘Be More Chill’ Is Keeping It in the Family

Joe Iconis exploded out of N.Y.U. on a wave of hope. A songwriter with a knack for story and a taste for strange, he won the Jonathan Larson grant for early career composers. He scooped up the Kleban prize for most promising lyricist. He was hailed by Newsday as “ginormously talented.” The descriptors piled up until they made no sense any…

Be More Chill Plays to Sold-Out Crowds, Breaking House Record During First Week on Broadway

Be More Chill Plays to Sold-Out Crowds, Breaking House Record During First Week on Broadway

Be More Chill, which arrived on Broadway February 13 following an extended Off-Broadway engagement, played to 98.3 percent capacity crowds during its first week on the Great White Way. The contemporary musical from Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz brought in $738,384 over seven performances during the week ending February 17, marking…

7 Broadway Shows That Used Masquerades to Flip the Script

7 Broadway Shows That Used Masquerades to Flip the Script

Some of the most memorable songs from Joe Iconis' breakout show Be More Chill take place at a Halloween party, a location that serves as a metaphor for the theme of performing a new identity for social acceptance. And since performances began February 13 at the Lyceum Theatre (with an official opening scheduled for March 10) that…