Be More Chill Will Transfer to Broadway in 2019
The Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz musical, currently playing Off-Broadway, will begin Broadway performances in February.
The show may have taken a detour, but the creators of Be More Chill will finally see their dreams realized when the musical makes its Broadway debut at the Lyceum Theatre February 13, 2019, opening March 10. Following a world premiere at Two River Theater in New Jersey in 2015, the show steadily amassed a cult following online for three years, leading to a commercial Off-Broadway debut this summer.
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The Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz musical, which officially opened August 9 at the Pershing Square Signature Center, will continue its extended run through September 30 prior to its Broadway transfer, with previews beginning February 13. Opening night is set for March 10.
Based on Ned Vizzini’s novel, the show tells the story of an average teenager (currently played Off-Broadway by Dear Evan Hansen's Will Roland), who takes a pill purported to make people more—you guessed it—chill.
Casting for the Broadway transfer will be officially announced at a later date.
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Stephen Brackett directs a company Off-Broadway that also includes Gerard Canonico as Rich, Katlyn Carlson as Chloe, Stephanie Hsu as Christine, Tiffany Mann as Jenna, Lauren Marcus as Brooke, George Salazar as Michael, Britton Smith as Jake, Jason Tam as The Squip, and Jason SweetTooth Williams as Jeremy's Dad/Mr. Reyes.
"It's impossible to remain chill as we announce our Broadway opening later this season," lead producer Gerald Goehring said in a statement. "Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz have created a beautiful and universal musical that has inspired audiences throughout the summer, and now the entire company cannot wait to bring the production to an even greater audience at The Lyceum in the new year."
The production features choreography by Chase Brock, sets by Beowulf Boritt, costumes by Bobby Frederick Tilley II, lighting by Tyler Micoleau, sound design by Ryan Rumery, projection design by Alex Basco Koch, musical direction by Emily Marshall, and orchestrations by Charlie Rosen.