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. More…
Jeremy Heere is your average, nothing-special teenager at Middleborough High in nothing-special New Jersey...until the day he finds out about 'The Squip.' A tiny supercomputer inside a pill. Swallow one and a personalized voice will tell you how to dress, how to speak, how to…become cool. Thus begins a journey that pits Jeremy's desire to be popular against his struggle to remain true to his authentic self.
"If all of its overplayed, overwrought freneticism could have been avoided, we’d actually have an interesting Broadway show…‘Be More Chill’ has a very Millennial male filter on teen life; the girls in the show seem always to be seen through the eyes of the guys...The show is at its best when either Roland’s Jeremy or Salazar’s Michael are alone on stage singing terrific Iconis songs...Those are the well-performed moments when you start to feel something for these kids." Full Review
"A high school comedy infused with techy sci-fi–the element that sets it apart from other Broadway productions...'Be More Chill' is committed to its high school genre, though even its archetypes can feel by-the-numbers...Even if you don’t dig the teen drama, 'Be More Chill’s' main attraction is its science-fiction flash...Its digestibility is geared toward Generation Z and Millennial audiences...Joe Iconis’s lyrics fires pop culture references at a hit-miss rate, with some allusions sailing o... Full Review
"‘Be More Chill’ has some seriously devoted fans...I wish I could share more fully in their ardor for this show...The story, a mix of satire, high school bestiary, and sci-fi, serves best as setting for the loud, lively and often tuneful score...It no longer feels like the little show that could. It's a noisy, high-powered commercial enterprise, selling itself largely to kids...I do regret the moments in the musical when the high school students feel one-note." Full Review
"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." Full Review
"The latest orgy of adolescent angst...The show is simply so-so. It’s loud, lively, and mostly lacking in surprises...The question at the musical’s core is provocative. If a pill could change your life, would you take it? The answer the show offers is, alas, pedestrian...Songs by Iconis get points for quirky subjects and self-aware wordplay. But they’re also long-winded and repetitive...Through it all, the actors are game and winning as they channel inner teens...It’s easy enough to swallow." Full Review
“’Be More Chill’ is likely to get a cool reception from anyone past prom age. Iconis’s score has a tuneful array of teen empowerment songs, but Tracz’s book can’t consistently deliver a compelling story or characters. Spending two and a half hours with them feels...like being stuck in detention...The tone lands somewhere in the lumpy middle of campy parody and heartfelt teen vehicle." Full Review
"The fact that the musical itself doesn’t match the greatness or inspiration of the mythical buzz that propelled it is a bit of a downer...The story is bogged down by well-worn conventions of the geeky-male-teen genre, and it doesn’t seem very interested in subverting them...The show redeems itself in the thoroughly enjoyable second act, when its charms become apparent and the many promises of its quirky plot come to fruition. It’s not a masterpiece, but I get what its fans see in it." Full Review
"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." Full Review
"It is clearly aimed at young audiences...As for older folk, beware. The super-loud electronically oriented pop music and mostly witless lyrics are by Joe Iconis, and the book about high school angst by Joe Tracz...The cast does its job big-time, eliciting loud applause for solo numbers from the adoring audience members who act as if they are experiencing euphoria...I do have one optimistic takeaway: anything that introduces a younger generation to the theater is a plus." Full Review
"A frenetic and unnerving new musical…‘Be More Chill’ is as confused and un-self-aware as a hormonal teenage boy — and nearly as reckless...Salazar stands out with the score’s best song, though his character seems merely coded as queer in a show lacking courage enough to follow through...In the end Jeremy still has voices in his head, the loudest of which he says is his own. The problem is, he still hasn’t learned that the only thing he needs to be is more…himself." Full Review
"A technicolor, high energy swirl of buzzwords and ideas that a corporate boardroom thought might appeal to Today's Youth but miss the mark...Some of ‘Be More Chill’ works. It's a fun and rare idea for a musical to have a sci-fi twist…‘Be More Chill’ doesn't grapple with the issues right in front of its face. It wants to say something profound about the pressures of being a young person in 2019, but instead settles for a stereotype-filled retrograde story straight out of the '80s." Full Review
See it if you are a late teen or in your twenties and want to be reminded that teenage angst is normal. However, the actors can belt out their songs.
Don't see it if you want great drama. This show is trite. It may have a cult following, but for no legitimate artistic reasons.
See it if you gravitate towards teen-angst musicals with a sci-fi twist. Some moments are relatable, but majority of the story is "out there."
Don't see it if you don't wish to revisit your cliched high school years.
See it if you want to watch George Salazar & Jason Tam be phenomenal or you want to see what the teens are enjoying
Don't see it if this show is about an obnoxious, privileged kid who thinks he deserves a lot of things - everyone is one dimensional. I don't get the hype
See it if You are a teenager or can relate to the experience of teenagers feeling like they don't fit in. You like to see actors giving their all.
Don't see it if You are looking for a strong Broadway musical. A lot of this show is unsophisticated, including the lyrics and the dancing.
See it if If Social justice buzzwords excite you even without context then you will be happy.
Don't see it if A story we have seen over and over. High school kid feels left out no one knoes him an he will never get the girl.
See it if You like high school musicals with a curious twist. If you are under 30 years of age and can follow the strange dialogue and songs
Don't see it if You DON'T like high school musicals and you are over 30 years of age
See it if you're a teenager who likes relating to other teenagers who are going through angsty times; you like Joe Iconis
Don't see it if you're expecting something deep. It's the plot of Little Shop, set in today's high school world.
See it if you like shows about teenage angst and corny flashbacks to your high school memories.
Don't see it if you have high expectations of it being dear evan hansen take two. Expected it to be clever but it fell short of hitting the mark.
See it if You enjoy musicals meant for the crowd and not musical lovers. Be More Chill is more of a crowd pleaser rather than what they were going for
Don't see it if You love musicals a lot. Personally, I thought that the story didn't belong in any type of musical, the score was just repetitive.
See it if life as a normal white male highschooler seems a hurdle one needs to overcome in this country
Don't see it if you're not into cliche's, or have seen Dear Evan Hansen and Mean Girls which are more relevant and better executed.
See it if you have a 12-17 yo in tow. Songs sound the same, sound cranked to 11, teen fans scream. Talented cast, but subpar material. Cliches abound.
Don't see it if you want sophistication, originality, good melodies, strg lyrics. BMC isn't painful, but bring earplugs & check your good taste at the door.
See it if You want to see another show where being popular in high school is the key to a happy teenage life
Don't see it if You want to good acts. The first act is fun and entertaining but very similar to Dear Even Hansen. The 2nd act is too frantic
See it if Must see what the hype is about for yourself. Some good singing and interesting staging. First act drags a bit but the second act delivers.
Don't see it if Don't enjoy campiness and sci-fi in your shows and are bothered by teenage girls screaming and giggling throughout the show.
See it if you're young, maybe? The performers are all extraordinary. I can see why this was a hit off-Broadway.
Don't see it if Feels as if story and music have been done before and better. Would help to LOWER volume and cut 30 mins.
See it if you want to see a somewhat entertaining high school-set musical with decent acting and some good songs.
Don't see it if you are not interested in seeing a story about high school kids.
See it if you enjoy quirky stories about angsty teens, or you’re 12 years old.
Don't see it if you’re looking for sophisticated writing or stories that challenge you. This is created for a Gen Z audience and has eye-rolling moments
See it if you didn't see it off Broadway or in Jersey, I guess?
Don't see it if you saw an earlier version of the show. They RUINED it in the transfer up. It went from being earnest and lovely to a hollow caricature.
See it if you're a high school outcast who is looking for a new community and to feel seen and heard.
Don't see it if you're expecting to have an experience similar to Dear Evan Hansen.
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