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.
"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
"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
"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
"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
“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
"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
"'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
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.
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..."
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...
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!?!
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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