Already closed | 2h 30m | Midtown W

Be More Chill (NYC)

From 767 member  reviews
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. 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.

2h 30m | Already closed | Lyceum Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (767)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Quirky, Funny, Clever, Great singing

67
Fluffy, Disappointing, Flat

See it if Loved it off broadway thanks to a raucous crowd. The broadway audience was dead, which saw me really see how weak the show is.

Don't see it if You want a deep show with an important message,

67
Overrated, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Dizzying

See it if You really want to see a high school musical that made it to Broadway. A super interesting concept, great acting, staging, singing.

Don't see it if You aren't an angsty teenager. The story is insipid and silly, the songs are mostly forgettable. Some funny moments, but so over the top.

Also Not my cup of tea on the whole, but not an unenjoyable night of theate... Read more Read less

69
Overrated, Quirky, Indulgent, Dizzying, Ambitious

See it if See comments

Don't see it if See comments

Also Imagine that a millennial geek crosses with Cinderfella in Oz and Hair... Read more Read less

67
Loud, Fluffy, Indulgent, Disappointing, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in what the "kids" are into these days.

Don't see it if you don't like loud, bright, crazy shows.

Also I think my brother said it best: Be More Chill is Dear Evan Hansen mee... Read more Read less

67
Cliched, Glittery, Superficial, Silly, Entertaining

See it if you're an adolescent; find humor in a Hairspray/Grease wannabe with elaborate set design,fun costumes, some good songs, no real dancing

Don't see it if you're want a musical with an original message. This one brazenly borrows bits & pieces from other shows that have more social redemption

Also Fun but clichés abound. Some knowing bits but overall just a mindless,... Read more Read less

56
Amateurish, Corny, Bad singing, Thinks it's edgy, Cliched

See it if You're a teenager that wants to see a show about how to become cool in high school.

Don't see it if You want a big production because this is an Off-Broadway show that was plopped onto a Broadway stage before it was ready.

Also The night I saw it there were many understudies including the two lead... Read more Read less

69
Loud, throbbing rock score, Talented ensemble cast, Funny, Banal, Cliched

See it if you're a teenager or young adult or share that age group's sense of humor. Also if you're into loud, throbbing, repetitive pop-rock music.

Don't see it if you have an 'older' ear or prefer more traditional musicals. There are other, better teen identity musicals like 'Dear Evan Hansen'.

67
Quirky, Fluffy, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you love new musicals (this one penned by Joe Iconis) with a youthful energy, with several strong performances.

Don't see it if you need a show with more substance. Much of the show feels sketched in and not fully fleshed out.

57
Overrated, Disappointing, Dated, Cliched, Banal

See it if You are a true fan of the music

Don't see it if You are looking for a well written script and lyrics. This should have stayed off Broadway... bigger is NOT better

Also I read all the hype... how millions of downloads were happening, how r... Read more Read less

60
Overrated, Quirky, Dizzying, Confusing

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

Also I must say that this show left us completely bemused as to its meaning... Read more Read less

50
Insipid, Confusing, Cliched, Banal

See it if You are fifteen or younger, love video games, superheroes, trite moral lessons, jokes about texting.

Don't see it if You are a mature adult. You want a sensical story and good, melodic songs.

Also The characters are cliched and two-dimensional. The only halfway decen... Read more Read less

69
Mediocre, Overrated, Great singing, Disappointing

See it if you get tickets as a gift or perhaps free!

Don't see it if you're expecting a wonderful and melodic score to a weak and unmemorable silly story!

60
I wasn’t the target demographic

See it if You are in high school and would enjoy a wish fulfillment musical about a computer/pill that makes you popular.

Don't see it if You have graduated from high school.

66
Cliched, Quirky, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if You enjoy sensory overload shows about cliche issues.

Don't see it if You want a rounded out musical with a believable, even if otherworldly, plot.

65
Quirky, Uneven, Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if you like musicals about high school angst.

Don't see it if you're expecting a strong, Broadway-level experience.

Also My expectations were fairly high for "Be More Chill", and it didn't li... Read more Read less

65
Cliched, Quirky, Fluffy, Disappointing

See it if you want to see another play about teenage angst with a sci fi plot twist.

Don't see it if you are tired about plays about geeky teenage boys who want to be cool.

Also The cast is energetic and the teenage girls in the audience appear to ... Read more Read less

69
Cartoonish, Futuristic, Overrated, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if you are in High School or love sci-fi. Great singing specifically from George Salazar.

Don't see it if you want to see anything profound or mature. It’s oddly similar to Little Shop..

69
Fluffy, Overrated, Quirky, Great staging, Funny

See it if you're a young person obsessed with the cast album.

Don't see it if a story about a kid who wants really badly to be popular, but at the same time wants really badly to date an unpopular girl doesn't appeal.

67
Bad music, Overrated, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you want to be a part of the conversation and see the musical that has garnered a cult-following, despite only receiving 1 Tony nomination.

Don't see it if you're exasperated by bad lyrics.

63
Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Insipid, Slow

See it if you like pizzazz with no real substance, was kinda painful to watch, adolescents would like it

Don't see it if you want a real Broadway show with substance

60
Colorful, Sophomoric, Energetic, Disappointing

See it if You are young, into loud music and like your theatre experience not to be too deep.

Don't see it if You are looking for substance, good music and good choreography.

Also I have to admit that the two leads were charming and hugely talented. ... Read more Read less

69
Entertaining, Quirky, Great staging, Great singing

See it if if you're looking for something different. This show is definitely geared towards a younger audience. They seem to really enjoy it.

Don't see it if if you're looking for something more serious. There is a message in the show, but most of the rest of the show is pretty silly.

50
Great singing, Ambitious, Overrated

See it if You are into video games and sci-fi

Don't see it if If appreciate Dear Evan Hansen because it has a similar pilot of a serious statement and if you don't like flashing lights.

62
Insipid, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You like “i’m a teenager and don’t fit in oh wow look here’s something that makes me popular do I keep my integrity or not” shows.

Don't see it if You’re tired of shows about teens who feel like they don’t fit in.

Also I was expecting something more truthful, with much better music. This ... Read more Read less

60
Cliched, Excruciating, Slow

See it if You want to see a high school type production. Nothing new repetitive.

Don't see it if You are interested in something insightful and at the same time with original dancing and music


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 ma...
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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 d...
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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...
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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 an...
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