Already closed | 2h 30m | Midtown W

Be More Chill (NYC)

From 795 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 (795)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Quirky, Funny, Clever, Great singing

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

10
Overloud, Overrated, Excruciating, Dizzying, Disappointing

See it if you are a teen or tween and your ears are already numb. You will see anything for a bargain price.

Don't see it if you are not the target audience and U still value your hearing; story line cute but not enough to make up for lousy jerky dancing, music.

Also Give this one a miss if you are not a young teen.

21
Boring, Insipid, Excruciating, Cliched, Banal

See it if you are under 20.This is a show for the young 'uns.It is hackneyed, totally predictable, dull.Nothing about this was new or fresh.

Don't see it if you are looking for something fresh.At intermission,there was a mass exodus of adults.Show is probably terrific for teens, not for adults.

40
Great acting, Confusing, Raunchy, Cliched, Sophomoric

See it if you are average or lower intellect 12-16 year old, have that intellectual level, like Will Roland or George Salazar, or are related to cast.

Don't see it if you avoid yet another high school coming of age story comparing poorly to Fast Times/Grease, cheap sexual and LGBTQ jokes, biracial romance.

Also I won tickets to this performance in a raffle, and would not have spen... Read more Read less

3
Disappointing, Dated, Banal, Cliched, Overrated

See it if you fall into the trap of advertising.

Don't see it if you don't like teenage high school musicals.

Also Now I understand why "Be More Chill" wasn't nominated for a Tony. It i... Read more Read less

40
Overrated, Fluffy, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if Horrible story and weak score. The cast was just ok! No huge talent set was cheap. It was bad regional theater quality.

Don't see it if This is up there as one of the worst broadway shows I ever seen. I do like stupid humor and like teenage driven comedy, this show sucked!!

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..."

7
Overrated, Confusing, Cliched

See it if you are a teenager with problems

Don't see it if like a well written show with good music

20
Indulgent, Excruciating, Cliched

See it if you liked it on YouTube, I guess?

Don't see it if unless you know you're in the target audience, just don't see it.

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

30
Insipid, Indulgent, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if If you enjoy Disney channel tween sitcoms.

Don't see it if If you enjoy mature, witty, musicals about human beings.

Also I appreciate this show is geared for a younger generation but this pro... Read more Read less

45
Overrated, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you want a musical about teen angst and high school. Though i would recommend you see Mean girls or DEH instead

Don't see it if You want a quality musical, expect Broadway quality or dont want to see a played-out cliche

Also I really dont know what the hype is all about with this show. It certa... Read more Read less

45
Excruciating, Overrated, Puerile, Over-amped, Disappointing

See it if You're a young teen or a tween

Don't see it if you expect a Broadway show to be better than a big-budget high school production

Also Best part of the evening: theorizing origins of this musical. It's the... Read more Read less

26
Overrated, Banal, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if You like bad high school musicals

Don't see it if You want reasonably intelligent lyrics, decent choreography and quality entertainment. Obviously, I hated the show.

10
Insipid, Excruciating, Dizzying, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you want to see a bunch of teenagers freaking out over a terrible show

Don't see it if you want to see a Broadway caliber show

2
Horrible, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if Don't

Don't see it if you want to see good theatre. This musical is damaging for teens and is a bad cycle to the already big problem facing most of our teens.

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

20
Disappointing, Cliched, Grating, Tasteless, Excruciating

See it if you are a teenager 16 and under who feels like you don't belong among your peers or you're a big fan of George Salazar.

Don't see it if you want characters to root for/a show where all of the leads can sing, or you are put off by production design that overpowers its material

20
Excruciating, Dizzying, Disappointing, Confusing, Cliched

See it if you have money to burn

Don't see it if you value a storyline that makes sense, with characters who can act and sing at the same time

29
Cringe-worthy, Dated, Quirky, Overrated, Banal

See it if youre in middle/high-school, already know you like the show, you really REALLY want to support original musicals, want to see George Salazar

Don't see it if you're in college or older, want a smart book that doesnt indulge in "hello, fellow kids", want a non-amateurish production, want >1st draft

30
Borderline offensive, Disappointing, Boring, Cliched, Banal

See it if You know someone in the show and want to support their career

Don't see it if Stereotypical characters singing dull music bothers you, or if the genre including “women as prizes” is offensive to you

10
Overrated, Excruciating, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You somehow talked to the cult followers and they convince you that it’s worth seeing and you do t mind being totally confused.

Don't see it if You think it’s like DEH...the music is confusing, the story line is bizarre and even the quality of singing is questionable.

25
Ear-numbing, Excruciating, Cliched, Banal

See it if you can’t discern a quality musical from a loud, obnoxious one or you’re a hyperactive tween that can’t sit still or can’t hear.

Don't see it if you want a musical with memorable tunes and witty lyrics, or one where the performances and decibel level are not loudly over-the-top.

Also I didn’t see “Be More Chill” in its original, off-Broadway version but... Read more Read less

0
Poor, Torture, Overrated, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if Don’t, even for free

Don't see it if You like theater. This was one of the most disappointing experiences ever.

40
Insipid, Overrated, Excruciating, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You like adult actors playing pseudo high school characters. Overhyped storied brought to the stage. You like “Michael In the Bathroom.”

Don't see it if You want to save your money for good theatre. A bad book bothers you. You don’t like sci-fi meets stupid.

Also This show did not live up to the initial hype. It is closing for a rea... Read more Read less


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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