BUILD Series: Will Roland & Joe Iconis Speak On Broadway's "Be More Chill"

BUILD Series: Will Roland & Joe Iconis Speak On Broadway's "Be More Chill"

What if popularity came in a pill? Would you take it, no questions asked? In "Be More Chill," achieving the “perfect life” is now possible thanks to some mysterious new technology—but it comes at a cost that’s not as easy to swallow. Blending the contemporary with retro sci-fi, this thrillingly exciting, comically subversive and deeply felt…

Be More Chill Has Been Nominated for 4 Lortel Awards, Including Outstanding Musical

Be More Chill Has Been Nominated for 4 Lortel Awards, Including Outstanding Musical

The Off-Broadway League has announced the nominations for the 34th Annual Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway. As previously announced, the awards will be handed out on Sunday, May 5 at the NYU Skirball Center for Performing Arts, beginning at 7pm EST. Wayne Brady will host the ceremony. The Classic Stage…

Be More Chill Featured At the Sheen Center This Spring

Be More Chill Featured At the Sheen Center This Spring

On April 15, the Sheen Center's new Backstage Broadway series continues when Alexander Gemignani looks at the runaway success of the new musical Be More Chill, which began life as a young adult novel, was converted into a musical that debuted at a regional theater in New Jersey, became a cult phenomenon with teens and young adults…

Be More Chill Cast Recording Will Get an 'Upgrade'; Broadway Album Due Out This Spring

Be More Chill Cast Recording Will Get an 'Upgrade'; Broadway Album Due Out This Spring

Be More Chill, the celebrated musical featuring an original score by Joe Iconis, has announced the release of an original Broadway cast recording from Ghostlight Records. The album will be released digitally and on CD this spring. Be More Chill first gained its legion of fans via a cast album of the world premiere production at Two River…

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…

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…