Jason Tam will appear in the Off-Broadway premiere of Be More Chill, taking on the role of the SQUIP (Super Quantum Unit Intel Processor). As previously reported, the musical, featuring a score by Joe Iconis and a book by Joe Tracz, will begin performances July 26 at the Irene Diamond Stage at the Pershing Square Signature Center.
Tam recently won a Lucille Lortel Award for his performance in Off-Broadway's KPOP; his additional credits include NBC's Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (playing Peter) and Broadway's A Chorus Line and If/Then.
The coming-of-age musical premiered in 2015 at New Jersey's Two River Theater. Several members from the original company will reprise their performances, including George Salazar, Gerard Canonico, Katlyn Carlson, Stephanie Hsu, and Lauren Marcus. (The role of the SQUIP was played in New Jersey by the King Kong-bound Eric William Morris).
Will Roland (currently on Broadway in Dear Evan Hansen) will star as Jeremy, an average teenager who, tempted by the promise of popularity, takes a pill purported to make people more...chill.
The Stephen Brackett-helmed production will also feature Jason SweetTooth Williams as Jeremy's Dad and Mr. Reyes.
Opening night is set for August 9.