New York | 2h 30m | Open run

Be More Chill (NYC)

From 44 critic and 168 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)


95
Theatermania

"Everything about the show feels new, exciting, and alive...'Be More Chill' is that rarest of wonders: a successful sci-fi musical. Its combination of humor, social commentary, catchy music, and spectacular staging is everything a Broadway musical should be...Teenagers may have been the first to discover 'Be More Chill,' but this is a musical that any adult can appreciate...The best kind of science-fiction in that it draws a direct line from the way we actually live to the fantastic world it ... Full Review

95
The Wall Street Journal

"'Be More Chill' is one of the strongest new musicals of the past decade, a charming, astutely crafted tale of neurotic post-millennial geeks in love whose appeal is in no way limited to those whom it portrays...Here as in the original off-Broadway run, Ms. Hsu is the winsome star of the show—I don’t know when I last saw a more engaging stage performer—but Mr. Roland runs her a close second, and the rest of the cast is as close-knit an ensemble as you could hope for." Full Review

90
BroadwayWorld

"Hard-rocking, super-charged, and very well written...A musical comedy with realistic, relatable characters singing well-placed songs...‘Be More Chill’ is good musical theatre disguised as a pop phenomenon...Tracz's book solidly moves the story along, with Brackett's staging nailing comic moments without sacrificing sincerity...But it's Iconis' score that really lights up the evening; mature in craft while conveying the musical and verbal vernacular of the show's young characters." Full Review

90
Theater Pizzazz

“Edgy, raucous, rockin’, can’t keep a good thing down musical...Fast moving, fast talking, with exceptional projection design...The out of the box costumes are a wild fantastical fantasia...With genius Brackett at the helm directing, the cast is kept on its toes and more so with Brock’s robotic, quick moving choreography...The comedy and fun fly brilliantly. This is a show that speaks directly to the young generation and makes parents happy that their kids now want to attend theater." Full Review

90
DC Metro Theater Arts

"Even more exuberant, even more colorful, even more fluid than ever before, but still as funny and moving and insightful and connected as it always was...It’s not just the youthful spirit and engaging sense of fun that make 'Be More Chill' a hit. It’s also the important message for kids to be themselves, to develop a sense of self-worth, to stop the bullying, and to connect with others around you, even if they seem different than you on the outside." Full Review

90
hypable

"The show is a high-octane delight, which will have audiences tapping their feet to Joe Iconis’s score throughout the show...One thing I appreciated is that the two leads genuinely look and act like high schoolers who wouldn’t be top of the food chain...There isn’t a single weak link in the cast...Scenes are heightened for effect, but never quite veer into caricature — this musical in sincere in its regard for teenagers’ plights, which is why it’s resonated so well." Full Review

85
AM New York

"A sublimely silly, exciting sci-fi teen musical comedy...A pop-rock score by Joe Iconis that is both addictively catchy and a master class in post-Sondheim dramatic integration...It brings fresh air and youthful vitality...The show’s weakest link is Joe Tracz’s book, which occasionally sputters and resorts to pandering...But on the whole, the production is both a supercharged piece of popular entertainment and a sincerely-felt portrait of vulnerable teens...The diverse, big-voiced cast is su... Full Review

85
CurtainUp

"An account, both touching and upbeat, of that universal downer — adolescence...Tracz and Iconis have modified Vizzini's plot judiciously, simplifying it for dramatic purposes...The musical captures the sadness and agitation of Vizzini's characters; and Iconis makes the characters sing in ways reminiscent of Broadway's golden age yet appropriate to the source material...Director Stephen Brackett kept his 10 actors moving with the precision and velocity of a computer program." Full Review

85
Deadline

"Amped up just enough to suit Broadway demands without swamping the heart and humor that caught everyone’s attention in the first place...Impossibly catchy pop show tune combining upbeat, even joyous musicality with some truly dark and uncompromising sentiments...For all of its storyline predictability and maybe too-happy-resolutions, Joe Tracz’s book and, especially, Iconis’ lyrics don’t flinch from the darkness and panic of the teenage mind." Full Review

85
Interludes

"Some may find the musical’s frenetic energy and juvenile worldview tiresome. I, however, found these qualities to be actually refreshing, but perhaps unintentionally...Stephen Brackett’s tight, peppy staging remains a treat. He’s aided by a tireless, pumped-up cast of just ten, all of whom appeared in the Off-Broadway edition of the show. It’s a joy to see these young, hardworking performers." Full Review

85
NJArts.net

"The show still feels a bit like a scruffy underdog — a big-hearted, wildly energetic concoction build around the theme of adolescent awkwardness...One of the best things about Tracz’s book and Iconis’ lyrics is that while most of the characters seem one-dimensional at first, they are given more sides, some quite surprising, in the course of the musical’s two acts...The misfits triumph. Putting up a smooth, assured façade is shown to be a pointless exercise." Full Review

85
Variety

"There is a breathless quality to everything that squeaky baritone Roland does in his attempt to break free and be cool. And those thrills aren’t just for kids. Traditional theatergoing audiences...will find delicious favor in Iconis’ contagious melodies and tricky lyrics...The Broadway 'Be More Chill' feels more even and flows more smoothly than it did Off Broadway...Still, rushed or relaxed, 'Be More Chill' is Broadway’s wiliest and socially savviest night out for teens and parents alike." Full Review

80
Talkin' Broadway

"The creative team behind 'Be More Chill' understands and is respectful of its target audience of teens and young adults better than pretty much any other show around...It is hyperkinetic, with songs by Iconis that rely on a highly amplified, steady pounding beat and simple straightforward lyrics...Everything works becomes all of the elements work so smoothly together: the performances, Stephen Brackett's direction, Joe Tracz's book, Chase Brock's mostly frenetic choreography." Full Review

80
Theater Life

"Blenderizes teen tuner tropes...But Joe Tracz’s book and Joe Iconis’s score provide enough originality and zip to compensate for the familiarity. Stephen Brackett’s direction and Chase Brock’s choreography keep the action moving quickly and smartly enough to gloss over any dull patches...'Chill' is not an earthshaking groundbreaker, but it is a clever hoot causing audiences under 40 to fall in love with musical theater. Not such a bad thing." Full Review

80
New York Magazine / Vulture

"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 pop and fizz...Drama nerds know the power of a good play within a play, and it’s a treat to watch the chaos of ‘Be More Chill’ merge with the chaos of ‘Midsummer.’" Full Review

80
Stage Left

"In sum, the narrative is clearer and the manic and zany camp tone tighter and more even, thanks no doubt to the benefit of additional time and skillful revision by director Stephen Brackett...While Mr. Iconis’ lyrics can be cloyingly cute, baldly expositive, and often predictable, the music in this musical quite literally justifies its existence, and there’s a lot of interesting texture and instrumentation in Charlie Rosen’s smart orchestrations." Full Review

80
New York Stage Review

"An exuberant new musical...The show is a bright and boisterous entertainment populated by a delightful ensemble and driven by propulsive music and some frequently frenzied dancing...Breezy and broad as ‘Be More Chill’ gets, it occasionally underscores the angst that adolescents feel...This production is well worth seeing. Stephen Brackett, the director, has put together an extremely energetic, extremely flashy attraction that visually embodies its youthful viewpoint." Full Review

80
Newsday

"A high-octane pop score by Garden City native Joe Iconis that comes at you full blast, the rock concert vibe and universal emotional appeal sure to keep loyal fans snapping up for tickets...As for everyone else, the unique sci-fi twist makes for a story with far broader appeal...Roland is a powerhouse as Jeremy, a vocal force with impeccable timing...And he gets fine backup from the rest of the 10-person cast, directed in full-speed-ahead style by Stephen Brackett." Full Review

80
New York Stage Review

"Iconis’ tunes, which have earned him a major online following, are character-driven and catchy...But a lot of Iconis’ songs, and Vizzini’s story, gets lost in the chaos at the Lyceum. Director Stephen Brackett isn’t much for subtlety or soft moments. Roland, ideally cast in so many ways, is pushing too hard—vocally and otherwise...What I liked—actually, loved—about ‘Be More Chill’ more than anything is its potential...The songs would sound just as good without all the amplification. Perhaps ... Full Review

80
Rolling Stone

“’Be More Chill’ offers teachable moments galore, but luckily none of them get in the way of the show’s explosive high spirits. Director Brackett and choreographer Brock keep the action hopping and the sound-level deafening, a wise decision considering that ‘Be More Chill’ never achieves the touching gravity of ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ or the sharp wit that writer Tina Fey brings to ‘Mean Girls’. But, hot-damn, does this show know its audience.” Full Review

75
Broadway Blog

"Iconis and Joe Tracz deftly package these themes in a palatable oeuvre of musical theater, but director Stephen Brackett and choreographer Chase Brock’s hit-or-miss staging still can’t seem to find its groove...Roland and Salazar have found deeper roots since last summer’s Off-Broadway production...The chameleon-like ensemble keeps the action moving at a brisk pace...I’d say 'Be More Chill,' in spite of its directorial inconsistencies, is a pill worth swallowing." Full Review

75
The Theatre Times

"A sci-fi parable of digital life and teenage insecurity...Sleek and shiny, sardonically teen-focused, duty-bound by the aesthetic eclecticism of today’s youth and built by a score that sounds nearly like a 2008 Vampire Weekend mixtape...Iconis and Tracz’ creation succeeds in injecting some irreverence into its medium, a particular weirdness to its characters—not vacant eccentricity, but definition—that feels somehow new to its genre." Full Review

70
Front Row Center

“Although the music is relentlessly upbeat and the lyrics witty, ‘Be More Chill’ is really a strung-together collection of the usual teen-angst tropes...Perhaps if the main character of Jeremy was a little more interesting than a whiny kid who can’t see beyond his own misery, the show might attract more sophisticated viewers...But as long as its target audience is willing to travel...and their parents are willing to pay, I’m sure ‘Be More Chill’ is going to be around for a good long while.” Full Review

70
Out Magazine

“The entertaining new musical will be remembered for finally bringing edgy, accomplished downtown composer and lyricist Iconis to Broadway all while being plagued by Tracz’s uneven book and Brackett’s inconsistent direction. These elements collide to ensure that ‘Be More Chill’ cannot decide if it wants to be a campy, cult classic or a hard-hitting teenage drama...Brock’s dance vocabulary is absolutely one of the production’s strongest creative assets.” Full Review

70
Entertainment Weekly

"The show itself doesn’t live up to that social-media-sensation hype...It’s fine that the show’s arc is predictable...The problem is that those stakes still never feel high enough...The real star here is Salazar, whose breakout tune ‘Michael in the Bathroom’ easily becomes the show’s highlight...Iconis’ pop-rock songs are catchy and the show channels the angst and insecurities many young people experience, particularly in this social-media-driven age. I just wish there was more." Full Review


100
Must see, Masterful, Hilarious, Epic, Entertaining

See it if You want to be moved, laugh, get some catchy songs stuck in your head, and get to know some REALLY lovable and relatable characters!

Don't see it if You are out of touch with your high school self. This show is about high school kids. If that doesn't interest you, there's other stuff...

100
Great writing, Relevant, Ambitious, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You like new unique theatre. You want a story about high school (with a fun twist!)

Don't see it if You don't like pop-y musicals

97
Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you love sci-fi motifs, high school theatrics and some amazing costumes

Don't see it if you want down to earth and gritty content

95
Must see, Great singing, Edgy, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you enjoy incredible performances and a fun night out at the theater. Weird futuristic subject matter, fun characters, catchy tunes!

Don't see it if you don't like stories about high school or Dear Evan Hansen.

93
Great staging, Entertaining, Relevant, Funny, Clever

See it if You want to see a modern show with a loud, pop/rock score with songs that will be stuck in your head all night. If you like shows about HS.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy modern musicals, don't enjoy science fiction or shows with a great message. You would rather see a revival or an old show.

90
Nerdy, Refreshing, Quirky, Funny, Clever

See it if you like "Little Shop" "Bat Boy" "Heathers" & dark nerdy musicals about teen angst. Dynamic cast & cool digital projections. Loud & fun.

Don't see it if loud, fast-moving, Bway production "upgrade" of small show is too cute & clever for you. Teen fans stan BMC & woo hoo for every #

Also Utterly charming performance by lead & company in multiple fun roles. ... Read more Read less

90
Edgy, Great staging, Indulgent, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you are OK with a musical aimed at and dealing with teenagers, technology and the desire to be wanted.

Don't see it if you think of yourself as in any way above any of the aforementioned things or are not a friend of raunchy humor.

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

90
Refreshing, Funny, Relevant, Edgy

See it if You liked Dear Evan Hansen but wished there were more zombies involved.

Don't see it if You like traditional theater, don't care for technology in your shows, or find teen dramas insipid.

90
Great score and rocking out, Refreshing, Must see, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You like a Loud brassy fun sci fi love story. Infectious music, High energy entertainment

Don't see it if Maybe a little loud but so much fun!

88
Exquisite, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever

See it if you love very energized musicals and creativity!!

Don't see it if not into teen musicals

88
Absurd, Entertaining, Quirky, Funny, Clever

See it if you’re ready for a vaguely vulgar absurdist sci-fi romp with a slight pinch of Disney’s Channel. The layers of absurdity work so well.

Don't see it if anything above doesn’t speak to you. It’s not great theatre in a conventional sense, but it’s still worth checking out.

88
Quirky, Great staging, Great singing, Funny, Clever

See it if You want to see a show that doesn’t take itself too seriously and is a funny show with great design and has different take on theater

Don't see it if You can’t understand/relate to high school in 2019 and don’t like loud shows that are not traditional theater

88
Refreshing, Great writing, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if You’ve ever felt like you don’t fit in, or ever went to (or plan to go to) high school. It’s a high-energy romp of a show.

Don't see it if You don’t want to see a rock score, aren’t up for something new and hip or if you hate sci-fi or musicals set in high school

88
Absorbing, Energetic, Riveting, Relevant, Funny

See it if you enjoy contemporary, new musicals.

Don't see it if you can't appreciate a show geared towards a younger generation.

Also I loved Be More Chill! I found myself fully absorbed by every second o... Read more Read less

87
Delightful, Must see, Great singing, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if You want to have an enjoyable night in the theater. A fan of the previous off broadway & NJ productions. Enjoy quirky stories with fun music

Don't see it if You are a stickler for perfect lyrics, music and book writing. Are tired of the teenage High School drama.

Also I went into Be More Chill having not read the book it’s based on, not ... Read more Read less

86
Delightful, Refreshing, Funny

See it if What if teen angst could be fixed with a chill pill? Catchy tunes, likeable cast, bright and fast paced. What a delightful matinee!

Don't see it if A silly story that addresses real teen concerns and resolves all in 2 acts.

Also The theater was filled with teens and their parents and grandparents. ... Read more Read less

86
Fluffy, Clever, Quirky, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy energetic teenage characters, rock music, and a very in-your-face type of show

Don't see it if you don't enjoy rock musicals, you prefer a realistic storyline

85
Delightful, Ambitious, Quirky, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you loved dear evan hansen, mean girls, or any other modern musical

Don't see it if you're a classical person. This is a very modern day show

83
Fluffy, Quirky, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy your teenage “get popular quick” parables with a dark, sci-fi twist. No big surprises in the plot, but the energetic cast is great

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy stories about high school or pop music scores

83
Entertaining, Quirky, Great singing, Great acting, Funny

See it if This show has a cult following for a reason. The songs are great, the performances even better. The high school sci-fi story is relatable.

Don't see it if This is a small show that started in a small regional theater. A cast of 10 plays all the parts. They are actor/singers, not dancers.

80
Refreshing, Fluffy, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if you want to see something not based off of a movie or tv show. Its got some funny parts and some of the music is catchy.

Don't see it if you can't find yourself just relaxing and letting go. Its no art piece, but simply a good time. Go in with low expectations.

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.

80
Energetic, Entertaining

See it if It is a fun musical with a talented cast

Don't see it if you don't like fast-paced musicals and you are looking for something with more substance.

80
Fluffy, Great singing, Quirky, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy musicals surrounding the cliched high school life

Don't see it if you don't like fantasy and comedy


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