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

76
Uneven, Quirky, Entertaining, Fun

See it if you like quirky teenage angst with a pseudo-sci-fi​ twist. Great music but half the time clumsy lyrics. Great acting.

Don't see it if Odd choreography and longer than it needs to be.

Also The show didn't translate well to a Broadway stage. Off-Broadway​ much... Read more Read less

80
Campy, Good music, Fun, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy stories set in high school w/ a sci-fi twist. Reminiscent of Little Shop of Horrors.

Don't see it if You are looking for something more serious. I saw it off broadway and enjoyed it better in the intimate venue but it's still very fun.

89
Great writing, Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You want to see something that feels truly original, clever and fun without being fluffy and without meaning. GREAT sets/lights/costumes.

Don't see it if You’re looking for deep, dark or dangerous. While this could actually be described with any of those words it’s simultaneously none of them.

Also I saw this off-Broadway and loved it. This Broadway version is even be... Read more Read less

78
Thought-provoking, Overrated, Hilarious, Fluffy, Dizzying

See it if Will Roland and George Salazar are still on target.. Lighting is well used. Huge crowd of young folks loved it.

Don't see it if Enjoyed it more in smaller space.. Sound blasting. The older theaters need elevators and more Men/Ladies rooms.

92
Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Great singing

See it if you're 4 everything a musical on young people & our cyber world is, all rolled up into a fun story of relationship adapting w/real language.

Don't see it if you do not like the way young people speak today, do not like loud music or do not care for another story of young people finding their way.

78
Fluffy, Colorful, Fun, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if you are or remember being a teenager in high school. Sci fi pills aside the play explores the pain of transitioning to adulthood for everyon

Don't see it if peppy loud music disturbs you. I didn't need my ear plugs but I brought them, you could bring yours.

88
Quirky, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if Out-of-step nerd leans on magic-potion pill to be helped through teen stressors in an out-of-breath musical.Arrives to B'way w/ cult intact.

Don't see it if Only hits stride when male leads hit stage.Until then...waiting.Once they exit...waiting.For 2.5 hours...waiting.Wait at stage door 2get old

100
Funny, Great singing, Great acting, Quirky, Clever

See it if Young man who wants to be in the in crowd and funny and silly adventure begins.

Don't see it if You didn't like to laugh or you want a serious show.

Also Saw this show Off Broadway 2018, it was funny, silly. It's great for t... Read more Read less

85
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you like a musical where there is a good message for young people. The lyrics are intelligent and surprisingly, so is this entertaining show

Don't see it if you don't like a cast of mainly young people or only like mature drama or musicals.

Also I expected a show like Rock of Ages, very loud and very silly. This sh... Read more Read less

80
Quirky, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy high-energy musicals that deal with high school/teen issues. Appreciated for entertainment value, but probably a polarizing show.

Don't see it if you don't like the ridiculous storyline & are looking for something more intelligent, have no patience for loud screaming teens in audience

81
Grating, Practical and forward-thinking about tech's influence on individuality, Relevant, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Not really scifi—this level of surveillance is pretty much here; accurate that char’s 1st exposure to data netwrk drives purchasing decision

Don't see it if you don’t like period pieces because every show you see after this will look aged and dated AF

Also Liked how this show personified cloud computing & snuck in sponsored c... Read more Read less

70
Teen appeal, Great singing, Quirky, Energetic

See it if a show geared to teens & sci-fi fans; High energy cast (including 4 understudies who were excellent); positive message; crowd pleaser

Don't see it if looking for more adult entertainment; somewhat repetitive score; positive but simplistic message; I realize I'm not the target demographic.

Also There was a tech glitch where a prop (a bed) was supposed to be onstag... Read more Read less

90
Underrated, Great writing, Funny, Quirky, Ambitious

See it if you want to experience one of the best scores ever written for musical theater, couched in a coming-of-age tale with a twist.

Don't see it if you don’t have a sense of humor, love originality, or recall the gauntlet that is high school. But, see it anyway & recapture those things.

Also This is going to be one of those shows that most will enjoy, but those... Read more Read less

73
Overrated, Relevant, Disappointing, Dizzying, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy something new, clever use of music, scifi pots, and the teenage experience

Don't see it if You want a traditional sounding musical or one with great complexity.

82
Genre mash-up and raunchy humor leaves it with a questionable intended audience, Sometimes mindless, sometimes meaningful, Entertaining, Provocative, Quirky techno-humor

See it if a high school-rooted, cyber-world-inspired fresh new musical with questionable themes, sci-fi flair, and irreverent attitudes delights.

Don't see it if seeking smart lyrics (music is solid; the words, cliche), unpredictable work, or a moral that is more than the obvious “always be yourself."

Also I saw Be More Chill off-Broadway, piqued sufficiently to see it again.... Read more Read less

75
Young, Entertaining

See it if Growing up's tough, but it's still better than cheating out of it with escapism. Spongebob Musical-ish feels, less mature Dear Evan Hansen.

Don't see it if More for a younger audience. For more mature folks, may feel "been there, done that." Doesn't dig that emotionally deep.

Also Diversity: 2 Asian American characters! Asian female lead who's a bada... Read more Read less

77
Score was pretty undistinguished but it had its moments, Kind of far-fetched but it won me over

See it if You're in the age range roughly 13 to 18 and are looking to see a Broadway show.

Don't see it if You're older than 18 and want to see a Broadway show.

Also I took advantage of a great deal on Show Score even though I am quite ... Read more Read less

85
Resonant, Intelligent, Great staging, Clever, Entertaining

See it if You have low expectations because it got no love from the Tonys. It was a fun show and way better than I expected.

Don't see it if You're stuck up.

75
Sweet, Fun, Conventional, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if you want pop-rock musical w/"after-school-special"-theme re: high school popularity. Earnest, sweet, great performances. Fully engaging.

Don't see it if you want DEAR EVAN HANSEN or SPRING AWAKENING. This is sometimes trite, but tries hard to please. Energetic score w/some clever lyrics.

83
Quirky, Fluffy, Fun, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a different twist on a teen angst storyline. It's got fun characters and a great score

Don't see it if you are looking for a realistic storyline or you can't access your inner teen. This is a show that has a definite teen focus.

Also I saw this show off-Broadway and after it made the transfer to Broadwa... Read more Read less

80
Frenetic, Ambitious, Entertaining, Quirky, Dizzying

See it if you want a glimpse of where musical theatre is heading. The show is loud and frenetic, blending sci-fi, teen angst, and pop-rock.

Don't see it if you want fully-developed female characters, need traditional musical theatre structure or storytelling, or are allergic to neon.

72
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Entertaining, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if you were a fan of Little Shop of Horrors and Dear Even Hanson! This little show will charm the pants right off you.

Don't see it if a new musical about teenage angst is something you can' relate to because it's been too many years since you graduated from high school.

Also TALENTED, HARD WORKING cast of unknown actors singing and dancing thei... Read more Read less

73
Fluffy, Funny, Disappointing, Cliched, Clever

See it if you'll enjoy a musical comedy about the social anxiety of high schoolers. Plot is trite. Characters stock, but execution is excellent.

Don't see it if you don't like campy shows. Description says this is "edgy." It''s more nostalgic than edgy.

Also On Wednesday nights, there's an extra song performance by a guest audi... Read more Read less

74
Formulaic, Uninspired music, Silly, Talented cast, Entertaining enough

See it if Talented and energetic cast (including a few understudies) do a great job with mediocre material.

Don't see it if you're not very interested teenagers and/or sci-fi. Stories of teen angst have been done before and done better.

70
Goofy, Indulgent, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if looking for a fluffy, wacky, high-energy Broadway musical appealing to your inner teen. Cast, w/ 3 subs @ the performance, does a great job.

Don't see it if wanting smarter, more original story; tired of high school settings, mean girls, or inept-but-well-meaning "adults" as part of the formula.


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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