Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz’s musical Be More Chill continues its Off-Broadway premiere production, which began performances July 26 and officially opens August 9. Based on Ned Vizzini’s cult novel, the coming-of-age musical tells the story of Jeremy Heere, an average teenager who, tempted by the prospect of popularity, takes a pill purported to make people more…chill. Watch highlights from the new production in the video above.
Be More Chill, directed by Stephen Brackett and choreographed by Chase Brock, is currently sold out and set to play a limited engagement through September 23 at the Irene Diamond Stage at the Pershing Square Signature Center.
The Off-Broadway premiere presents a revised version of the work that received its world premiere in 2015 at New Jersey's Two River Theater.
The cast includes Gerard Canonico (Spring Awakening, Groundhog Day) as Rich, Katlyn Carlson (Dirty Dancing, The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin) as Chloe, Stephanie Hsu (SpongeBob SquarePants) as Christine, Tiffany Mann (Waitress, Jerry Springer the Opera) as Jenna, Lauren Marcus (The Humans at St. Louis Rep, Company at Barrington Stage) as Brooke, Will Roland (Dear Evan Hansen) as Jeremy, George Salazar (tick...tick...BOOM!, Godspell, The Lightning Thief) as Michael, Britton Smith (Shuffle Along, After Midnight) as Jake, Jason Tam (Jesus Christ Superstar, KPOP) as The Squip, and Jason SweetTooth Williams (Freaky Friday, Benny and Joon, Bloodsong of Love) as Jeremy's Dad/Mr. Reyes, and Cameron Bond (Finding Neverland).
The production features scenic design by Tony Award winner Beowulf Boritt (Come From Away), costume design by Bobby Frederick Tilley (Lizzie Borden, Top Girls), lighting design by Tony Award winner Tyler Micoleau (The Band's Visit), sound design by Ryan Rumery (Fool For Love), projection design by Alex Basco Koch (Buyer & Cellar), musical direction by Emily Marshall, orchestrations by Charlie Rosen (Prince of Broadway, Honeymoon in Vegas), casting by Telsey + Co. / Adam Caldwell, CSA & Rebecca Scholl, CSA, production stage management by Amanda Michaels (The Children, The Ballad of Little Jo), general management by Lisa Dozier King, and production management by SenovvA Production Core.