The Original Broadway Cast Recording of Be More Chill is now available for digital purchase. A physical CD and vinyl release from Ghostlight Records will follow (details to come).
The musical, featuring a score by Joe Iconis and a book by Joe Tracz, already has a popular album from its original 2015 run at New Jersey's Two River Theater. Many members of that company, including Stephanie Hsu, George Salazar, and Gerard Canonico, reprise their performances at Broadway's Lyceum Theatre. A karaoke album was also released earlier this year.
Leading the cast on Broadway is Will Roland as Jeremy, with Salazar as Michael, Hsu as Christine, Canonico as Rich, Katlyn Carlson as Chloe, Tiffany Mann as Jenna, Lauren Marcus as Brooke, Britton Smith as Jake, Jason SweetTooth Williams as Mr. Heere/Mr. Reyes/Scary Stockboy, and Jason Tam as The Squip. Each of them appeared in the musical’s Off-Broadway bow last year.
“The score of Be More Chill has mutated, deepened, gotten tons more heartfelt and a lot more explosive since our first production at Two River,” says Iconis. “I am so thrilled that our new Broadway cast recording will capture all of that growth and more. Fans of the show can expect the definitive version of the score, complete with tons of never-before-recorded musical goodies and expanded versions of songs they know and love.”
In addition to Iconis, the music team includes music director Emily Marshall and orchestrator Charlie Rosen. Iconis and Rosen produce the album with Ghostlight’s Kurt Deutsch, with Marshall co-producing with Ian Kagey.
Directed by Stephen Brackett and based on the novel by Ned Vizzini, Be More Chill tells the story of Jeremy Heere, an awkward high schooler who succumbs to the influence of the Squip, a pill-shaped supercomputer purported to make its user more chill.