New York | 2h 30m | Open run

Be More Chill (NYC)

From 44 critic and 165 member reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Quirky, Funny, 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 | Open run | Lyceum Theatre (Midtown W)


45
The New York Times

"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, fren... Full Review

45
The Wrap

"Unfortunately, The Squip fails to prevent Jeremy from making the most mundane rhymes when it comes to singing Joe Iconis’ repetitive score...Iconis’ musical score can best be described the way fast-food chains sometimes advertise their processed chicken. It’s crispy. No matter that crispy is neither a flavor nor a tune...These overwrought people on stage recall the street performers in nearby Times Square." Full Review

45
Daily Beast

"It left me puzzled, cold, and (at moments) plain furious...The cartoonish acting, the ‘crazeee’ expressions and heightened everything means that every moment comes at you like an ‘OMG!!!’ sledgehammer...You can pick whatever message path you want through this brightly lit madness...The worst feeling during ‘Be More Chill’ is that you’ve seen all these characters before…‘Be More Chill’ feels squawkily split between camp sci fi romp and searing teenage-life-today commentary." Full Review

45
Los Angeles Times

"The heightened intensity is part of the originality. But the relentlessness is wearying and the hyperbolic style is at odds with the protagonist’s predictable emotional arc...Iconis writes in an indie-rock style that succeeds chiefly in conveying the inner turmoil shaking the characters. The clobbering effect is potent yet monotonous...With a 2½-hour rackety running time, the musical’s dimensions are out of whack." Full Review

40
StageZine

“Science fiction is the uninspired twist that sets ‘Be More Chill’ apart from other teen angst musicals...The narrative often seems like an excuse to pad the story...The performances from the cast are mostly forgettable...There is ultimately nothing redeeming whatsoever about the characters...An unsatisfying evening of theater and reeks of amateur writing...Watching the show is akin to being on a bad acid trip—awkward, painful, jarring and unsatisfying." Full Review

40
Broadway News

"I find the implicit messages the material sends to young people repellent enough that I would advocate for impressionable minds to take in this musical with caution...I found its tone increasingly off-putting...The diverse and talented cast often seem pushed to the edge of caricature by cheap jokes and manic performances...The characterization of Jeremy’s peers, particularly the young women, also left me cold." Full Review

35
The Washington Post

"'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." Full Review


49
Cliched, Insipid, Overrated, Banal, Amateurish

See it if you're an unsophisticated post-Millennial who might enjoy a loud, shrill, silly "sci-fi lite" musical PSA re: being cool vs. being yourself.

Don't see it if u expect more than just shallow stereotypes; u don't like repetitive lyrics; u don't like repetitive lyrics; u don't like repetitive lyrics.

Also While it's true that I am not the target audience for this show (I'm n... Read more Read less

45
Antiquated, Adolescent, Slight, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you're a high school drama teacher intent on inspiring your students to write, compose, costume, direct, and choreograph their own musical.

Don't see it if you're a high school drama teacher taking a class to see a flashy Broadway show. (The design work is scrappy and there' s no big chorus.)

Also Memorable line: "But I am a masturbator..."

45
Quirky, Overrated, Messy, Loud, Dizzying

See it if wow, I don't know. You have some time and money to kill? You like high school and science fiction?

Don't see it if you're expecting strong songs, good choreography, stellar performances, a good plot, relevant humor, a realistic portrayal of high school...

Also I didn't *hate* it. But yikes, I don't get what all the fuss is about.... Read more Read less

10
Overrated, Ambitious, Dizzying, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if um... don't see it.

Don't see it if You are expecting a Dear Evan Hansen masterpiece. This show tries too hard to reach a teenage audience and ultimately ends up making fun of

Also This show tries too hard to reach a teenage audience and ultimately en... Read more Read less

49
Ambitious, Banal, Overrated, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You enjoy over the top teen musicals

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy exaggerated characters expressed through overacting. Or if you don’t like a generic score with little stand outs.

Also Be More Chill on broadway has begun a downward spiral. The original of... Read more Read less

17
Banal, Cliched, Dated, Excruciating, Overrated

See it if You like mindless cliches and overacted singing. Like beyond over the top.

Don't see it if If you want to see an actual show written well with catchy music.

31
Confusing, Banal, Dizzying, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You want to take a nice nap and be totally annoyed.

Don't see it if You want an actual musical with a great book and clever score

49
During previews
Slow

See it if you are a middle or high schooler that is about it

Don't see it if you are not a child, its way to childish/silly

40
During previews
Cringey, Over-acted, Overrated, Excruciating, Cliched

See it if you are curious what the hype is about. if you are young and part of the Gen Z culture. if you don't mind a show with zero nuance

Don't see it if you expect good writing or music. both the book and score seem like they were written by teenagers. some lyrics are pretty cringe inducing

30
During previews
Confusing, Cliched, Disappointing, Dizzying, Quirky

See it if you want the feeling of being beside yourself.

Don't see it if you're an adult!! It's an exhausting show that is definitely catered to tweens.

30
During previews
Dizzying

See it if you have someone 11-17 years-old in your life, who is likes musical theatre.

Don't see it if if you are looking for an original book or hummable score. I realize it's based on existing material, but it still feels very cliché.

Also I understand it could appeal to a teenage audience. But as an adult I ... Read more Read less

25
During previews
Banal, Disappointing, Quirky

See it if You are a tween and don't want a moving night at the theatre.

Don't see it if You are over 15, expect a well-crafted plot or any storylines for an adult to latch on to.

25
During previews
Disappointing

See it if You’re curious about all new musicals. If you’re curious what “Little Shop of Horrors” would be like if the plant was a computer instead.

Don't see it if You’re looking for a serious musical.

Also I may not be the demographic for this show, but I still hoped to find ... Read more Read less

20
During previews
Cliched, Silly, Overrated, Well-intentioned, Disappointing

See it if you already know and love the material. This thing has DEDICATED fans (mostly very young), so there's something there folks connect with.

Don't see it if you expect Broadway-caliber writing, design, or story-telling. You want a well-cast lead. You're over 25.

Also I saw this off-Broadway and disliked it, but people were so in love th... Read more Read less

42
During previews
Cliched, Boring, Dizzying

See it if Your 8-17. (The Prom, Mean girl, Dear Evan 100 times better)

Don't see it if Your over 17. So boring and such a dumb concept. A teen takes a pill to become cool in high school. What the heck!?!

25
During previews
Dated, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal, Fluffy

See it if Young people who do not yet have a depth of taste will enjoy it.

Don't see it if The show is not innovative, and it's a bit misogynistic. Besides that, the score is not great.


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