The entire Off-Broadway cast of Be More Chill will make the move to Broadway when the musical transfers to the Lyceum Theatre in 2019. As previously reported, the Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz musical will begin performances on Broadway in February following a hit commercial run at the Pershing Square Signature Center this past summer.
Be More Chill will begin performances at the Lyceum February 13 ahead of a March 10 opening night. Stephen Brackett once again directs and Chase Brock choreographs.
Returning to the company will be Will Roland (Dear Evan Hansen, The Black Suits) as Jeremy; George Salazar (tick tick BOOM!, Godspell, The Lightning Thief) as Michael; Stephanie Hsu (SpongeBob SquarePants) as Christine; Gerard Canonico (Spring Awakening, Groundhog Day) as Rich; Katlyn Carlson (Dirty Dancing, The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin) as Chloe; Tiffany Mann (Waitress, Jerry Springer the Opera) as Jenna; Lauren Marcus (The Humans at St. Louis Rep, Company at Barrington Stage) as Brooke; Britton Smith (Shuffle Along, After Midnight) as Jake; Jason SweetTooth Williams (Freaky Friday, Benny and Joon, Bloodsong of Love) as Mr. Heere - Mr. Reyes - Scary Stockboy; and Jason Tam (Jesus Christ Superstar, KPOP) as The Squip.
"We are absolutely thrilled that the entire New York premiere company will be making the journey with us to Broadway," says Gerald Goehring, lead producer of Be More Chill." This company has collaborated to bring Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz's beautiful and universal musical to life off-Broadway this summer and we could not have been more thrilled with the outpouring of love we received from our fans around the world. The entire company cannot wait to bring the production to an even greater audience at The Lyceum in the new year."
Cameron Bond (Finding Neverland), Anthony Chatmon II (The Book Of Mormon), Morgan Siobhan Green (Sweetee), Troy Iwata (The Boy Who Danced on Air), Talia Suskauer (Love in Hate Nation) and Joel Waggoner (School of Rock) are the company understudies.
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 easygoing
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 an extended Off-Broadway debut in 2018.
First Look at the Off-Broadway Premiere of Be More Chill
Be More Chill features scenic design by Beowulf Boritt (Come From Away), costume design by Bobby Frederick Tilley II (Lizzie Borden, Top Girls); lighting design by Tyler Micoleau (The Band's Visit); sound design by Ryan Rumery (Fool For Love); projection design by Alex Basco Koch (Buyer & Cellar); hair and makeup design by Dave Bova; musical direction by Emily Marshall; music supervision and orchestrations by Charlie Rosen (Prince of Broadway, Honeymoon in Vegas); fight direction by J. David Brimmer; production supervision by SenovvA Inc.; casting by Telsey + Company / Adam Caldwell, CSA & Rebecca Scholl, CSA; production stage management by Amanda Michaels (The Children, Thérèse Raquin).
John Corker and Lisa Dozier King are general managers for the Broadway run of Be More Chill. Be More Chill is presented by Gerald Goehring, Michael F. Mitri, Jennifer Ashley Tepper, Marc David Levine, Marlene and Gary Cohen, 42nd.club, The Baruch Frankel Viertel Group, Jenny Niederhoffer, Robert and Joan Rechnitz, Jenn Maley and Cori Stolbun, Chris Blasting/Simpson & Longthorne, Ben Holtzman and Sammy Lopez, Koenigsberg/Federman/Adler, YesBroadway Productions, Kumiko Yoshii, Phil Kenny/Jim Kierstead, Bruce Harris and Jack Batman, Jay and Cindy Gutterman/Caiola Productions, deRoy/Winkler/Batchelder, Jonathan Demar/Kim Vasquez, Alisa and Charlie Thorne, Fred and Randi Sternfeld, Brad Blume/Gemini Theatrical, Connor Tinglum/Andrew Hendrick, Ashlee Latimer and Jenna Ushkowitz and Two River Theater.