The New York Times: How Be More Chill Found Its Fans

The New York Times: How Be More Chill Found Its Fans

Before “Be More Chill” even starts previews at the Pershing Square Signature Center on July 26, it will already be one of the most popular new musicals in America, with a passionate fan base that dwarfs the number of people who have ever seen the show. All this after a barely noticed monthlong run in New...

Be More Chill to Play Off-Broadway This Summer

Be More Chill to Play Off-Broadway This Summer

It’s called a Squip. A tiny supercomputer inside a pill. Swallow one and a personalized voice will tell you how to dress, how to speak, how to… become cool. Jeremy Heere is your average, nothing-special teenager at Middleborough High in nothing-special New Jersey... until the day he finds out about “The...

Love In Hate Nation Opens Penn State's New Musicals Initiative

Love In Hate Nation Opens Penn State's New Musicals Initiative

Twenty-year-old Amina Faye is onstage, playing Susannah, a teen living in an early 1960s all-girl juvenile hall. Susannah expresses her fears of “two girls going steady,” singing, “I’ll just keep it to myself. Oh, well.” Peering from behind the glow of his laptop, composer Joe Iconis drums his hands lightly...

VIDEO: Joe Iconis Performs "Halloween" From Be More Chill

VIDEO: Joe Iconis Performs "Halloween" From Be More Chill

Joe Iconis, one-half of the creative duo behind Be More Chill, stopped by the Playbill studios to perform “Halloween” from the hit musical. Watch Iconis in the video above. Based on the novel by Ned Vizzini, Be More Chill is a musical by Iconis and Joe Tracz about high school, popularity, and a tiny supercomputer...

The 10th Annual Joe Iconis Christmas Extravaganza

The 10th Annual Joe Iconis Christmas Extravaganza

A New York City Twisted Holiday Tradition celebrates its Tenth Splendiferous Year! Joe Iconis and his merry band of musical theater punks are proud to bring their insane celebration of all things red and green back to Feinstein’s/54 Below. Written by Joe Iconis, Directed by John Simpkins and Produced by...

VIDEO: "Helen Sharp" (Joe Iconis)

VIDEO: "Helen Sharp" (Joe Iconis)

"Helen Sharp." Brand new song, inspired by Death Becomes Her. It's about jealousy and being an artist and (in the words of Madeline Ashton) blah blah blah blah... I like this vid because people keep getting in the way of the shot and you have to struggle to see me. From #Halloween at The Laurie Beechman...

VIDEO: "Lydia's Song" (Lauren Marcus)

VIDEO: "Lydia's Song" (Lauren Marcus)

In which Lauren Marcus sings my virtually unheard, #Beetlejuice-inspired tune in costume AS Winona Ryder AS #LydiaDeetz at The Laurie Beechman Theatre. And once again proves that she is an unfathomably brilliant musical theater performer who should never not be performing on a stage in...

Photos: 2017 Halloween Special

The 8th Annual
Iconis and Family
Rock and Roll Haunted Halloween Special

photos by Steph Wessels