Be More Chill, the new Joe Iconis-Joe Tracz musical about an average high school teenager who swallows a pill-sized supercomputer that promises to make him cool, arrives on Broadway February 13 after a hit Off-Broadway run last summer.
Songwriter Iconis (Smash, The Black Suits, Things to Ruin) makes his Broadway debut with the production alongside book writer Tracz. The musical, based on the 2004 novel by Ned Vizzini, gained an online cult following after its 2015 premiere at Two River Theatre.
In the video above, the cast of Be More Chill—including Will Roland, Jason Tam, and Stephanie Hsu—give a sneak peek from rehearsals for the Broadway transfer.
They are joined by Iconis, Tracz, as well as director Stephen Brackett and choreographer Chase Brock, who share how they are expanding and re-exploring their work for the Broadway premiere.
Take a look at what the cast calls "Be More Chill 3.0."
The cast of Be More Chill also features George Salazar (tick tick BOOM!, Godspell, The Lightning Thief) as Michael; 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; and Jason SweetTooth Williams (Freaky Friday, Benny and Joon, Bloodsong of Love) as Mr. Heere/Mr. Reyes/Scary Stockboy.
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.
Opening night is March 10 at the Lyceum Theatre.