Be More Chill (NYC)
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Be More Chill (NYC)
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Be More Chill (NYC) NYC Reviews and Tickets

76%
(822 Ratings)
Positive
76%
Mixed
16%
Negative
8%
Members say
Entertaining, Quirky, Funny, Clever, Great singing

About the Show

The viral musical hit comes to Broadway. An edgy, comic look at coming of age in the digital age, through the lens of sci-fi films of the 50s, horror flicks of the 80s, and teen movies of the 90s.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (822)

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772 Reviews | 148 Followers
100
Funny, Great singing, Great acting, Quirky, Clever

See it if Young man who wants to be in the in crowd and funny and silly adventure begins.

Don't see it if You didn't like to laugh or you want a serious show. Read more

91 Reviews | 17 Followers
100
Delightful, Refreshing, Hilarious, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You want a fun upbeat modern musical. Great singing, staging, clever premise and characters, great musical numbers and costumes, funny too!

Don't see it if You want a more classical theatre experience or don't like bright lights flashing.

67 Reviews | 5 Followers
100
Hilarious, Masterful, Relevant, Must see, Epic

See it if You are in the mood to see a 21st centruy musical. If you loved Dear Evan Hansen you would love Be More Chill.

Don't see it if if you like a classical musical fan and are not a person who is into technology

137 Reviews | 13 Followers
99
Great singing, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you still remember the awkward years of high school

Don't see it if you like your musicals with more meat to them Read more

65 Reviews | 14 Followers
97
Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you love sci-fi motifs, high school theatrics and some amazing costumes

Don't see it if you want down to earth and gritty content

219 Reviews | 88 Followers
96
Refreshing, Quirky, Entertaining, Clever, Ambitious

See it if You are interested in sci-fi, the inner lives of high schoolers, original music, energetic performers.

Don't see it if You want something traditional and classic. You don’t like loud effects and amplification (very loud speakers). You are bored by high school Read more

57 Reviews | 14 Followers
95
Must see, Funny, Epic, Great singing, Great acting

See it if Just amazing. Knockout performances, the book was funny, the sound and lighting really added to it, the songs were fun.

Don't see it if You want to have a bad time at the theater.

59 Reviews | 16 Followers
95
Earnest, High-energy, Buoyant, Smart, Great writing

See it if you think you'll love "lunchroom politics" meets sci-fi set to a fun, inventive score that Alan Parson might have engineered.

Don't see it if you hate the idea that young people might enjoy theater, or if you might find the cartooniness too grating.

Critic Reviews (50)

The New York Times
March 10th, 2019

"This latest entry in the puberty musical sweepstakes has traits that undeniably set it apart from its competition. For one thing, it is — by cold critical standards — the worst of the lot, with a repetitive score, painfully forced rhymes, cartoonish acting...But this ostensible amateurishness may be exactly what sells ‘Be More Chill’ to its young target audience...The show’s current incarnation remains a festival of klutziness...The acting, singing and dancing are all, to put it kindly, frenetic."
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Time Out New York
March 10th, 2019

"Appealing though it often was in a smaller venue, the show has a different energy in this new space. The heat is off...Even for no-longer-young adults, it has entertaining moments. Iconis’s cannily crafted score features several nifty pop hooks...Directed in broad strokes by Brackett, the show doesn’t take itself seriously enough; many of the jokes are underbaked, and by the time it reaches its wacky, hectic finale, it has thrown internal logic out the window."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
March 10th, 2019

"The zippy, delightfully devilish ‘Be More Chill’ is the latest tale of teen angst to convert crippling self-doubt and frustrated desire into the sound of music, and the results are enjoyable not just for their energy and charm but also for the streak of knowing wickedness running through all the pop and fizz...Drama nerds know the power of a good play within a play, and it’s a treat to watch the chaos of ‘Be More Chill’ merge with the chaos of ‘Midsummer.’"
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The Wall Street Journal
March 14th, 2019

"'Be More Chill' is one of the strongest new musicals of the past decade, a charming, astutely crafted tale of neurotic post-millennial geeks in love whose appeal is in no way limited to those whom it portrays...Here as in the original off-Broadway run, Ms. Hsu is the winsome star of the show—I don’t know when I last saw a more engaging stage performer—but Mr. Roland runs her a close second, and the rest of the cast is as close-knit an ensemble as you could hope for."
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Deadline
March 10th, 2019

"Amped up just enough to suit Broadway demands without swamping the heart and humor that caught everyone’s attention in the first place...Impossibly catchy pop show tune combining upbeat, even joyous musicality with some truly dark and uncompromising sentiments...For all of its storyline predictability and maybe too-happy-resolutions, Joe Tracz’s book and, especially, Iconis’ lyrics don’t flinch from the darkness and panic of the teenage mind."
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Variety
March 10th, 2019

"There is a breathless quality to everything that squeaky baritone Roland does in his attempt to break free and be cool. And those thrills aren’t just for kids. Traditional theatergoing audiences...will find delicious favor in Iconis’ contagious melodies and tricky lyrics...The Broadway 'Be More Chill' feels more even and flows more smoothly than it did Off Broadway...Still, rushed or relaxed, 'Be More Chill' is Broadway’s wiliest and socially savviest night out for teens and parents alike."
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The Hollywood Reporter
March 10th, 2019

"Iconis' pop/rock score...is catchy enough. It features some fun, upbeat numbers...But for theatergoers not already smitten with the score, the musical contains serious problems. The book devolves into silliness...The central narrative certainly succeeds in tapping into themes of teenage angst and even has some symbolic resonance, but the sophomoric humor and cliched situations feel more appropriate for MTV than Broadway."
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The Washington Post
March 10th, 2019

"'Be More Shrill' would be a better title for director Stephen Brackett’s heinously overamplified and overacted production...You get the feeling that Iconis’s score — with lyrics often resorting to doggerel — and Tracz’s satire-laced book might have retained some measure of charm in less hyperventilating style and more intimate surroundings...2½ hours of teenage insecurities turned into pop opéra bouffe make for a patience-trying endurance test."
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