New York | 2h 30m | Open run

Be More Chill (NYC)

From 43 critic and 138 member reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Quirky, Great singing, Funny

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. (Previous Reviews) 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)


80
During previews
Some critics pan as mindless teeny-bopper musical; sit back and relax and you'll find it an immense amount of fun

See it if Goofy in best sense; incredibly talented actors you’ve never heard of; subversive anti-social media message you’ll get but kids won’t

Don't see it if leans heavily on hackneyed HS tropes about how everyone feels like a failure; much is really juvenile

Also NY Times savaged this musical for a second time first off Broadway, no... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Audience specific, Loud, Energetic, Sci fi flavored, Shouted emotion

See it if want 2 be chill, desire "youth" oriented event, crave seeing next generation on BWY stage, willing 2 turn devices off, need audio assault

Don't see it if fear hearing loss, tired of teen knock-off musicals, can wait for your local highschool production, want realistic depiction of teen angst

80
During previews
Entertaining, Clever, Quirky, Long

See it if you want to see another musical about surviving high achool. Great cast, interesting set and story but too long.

Don't see it if you don’t want to remember what it was like trying to find your place in high school. Geared toward younger generation and hip old folks

Also I’m not sure how long the off Broadway version was but I felt like cer... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Entertaining, Great singing, Relevant, Quirky, Great acting

See it if You were a fan of the book (I presume), if you like new, refreshing music that's relevant to today's teens - it speaks to that audience.

Don't see it if You can't handle LOUD moments, if you have zero interest in topics on teenage angst; it may not be for members of another generation

Also I did not read the book, and really felt like I was missing something ... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Clever, Long, Entertaining, Quirky, Funny

See it if See it for some great individual performances and one truly incredible song. Best for middle and HS kids.

Don't see it if It's surprisingly long for a fun family show. I enjoyed it all, but I bet the best 90 minutes of it would have been an even better show.

Also Great to see so many new artists making their debuts. There's a lot to... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Clever, Enchanting, Great staging, Funny

See it if you like shows with lots of great lighting, costumes and staging.

Don't see it if you are looking for a show with big-time ballads and big dancing.

78
During previews
Some enjoyable songs, Hard working cast, High school script with a bway production, Simplistic theme, Disappointing

See it if you can overlook a simplistic plot/theme a la "Starmites" (Sci-Fi w/no depth). Staging & cast work hard to deliver some humor w/ the angst.

Don't see it if you don't like pop/rock musicals and need multi-levels in character, plot, and theme. This is a one-note pony about teenage angst.

78
During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Edgy, Hilarious, Quirky

See it if As said before, you are younger or have kids. However, it could be good if you love an original plot with some standout songs

Don't see it if You need something deep, thought-provoking, or don't like quirky references/"random" humor

Also Not my favorite musical by any means, but an original story combined w... Read more Read less

76
During previews
Fast paced, Silly, Cute

See it if you want a fast paced romp with some dirty jokes, this is kinda R rated for a kids musical

Don't see it if idk, you want something more thoughtful

76
During previews
Quirky, Slow, Entertaining

See it if You are a millennial and a fan of the book.

Don't see it if If you are not a fan of the book or if you are interested in going to a more traditional or original Broadway show.

Also Many of the songs seemed to sound the same. The music was not the stro... Read more Read less

76
During previews
Great singing, Funny, Great acting, Slow, Entertaining

See it if you like Sci-Fi, and are in your teenage years.

Don't see it if You're not into Sci-Fi.

76
During previews
Clever, Overrated, Great staging

See it if you've got kids who read the book. To me this is like the SPONGE BOB SQUARE PANTS for Gen Z's sans the cartoon.

Don't see it if you're expecting it to live up to the hype. To me this is a really good kids show. Cute story, decent songs with excellent staging.

Also I gave this a 76 (one more than SPONGE BOB) because it does an excelle... Read more Read less

76
During previews
Clever, Fluffy, Great singing

See it if You have a tween or teen. Bring them. Do not pay for Squib Zone! Rip Off!!!!

Don't see it if You’re expecting the next great breakthrough 21st century American musical. It’s not. Combination of Sponge Bob & a bad Dear Evan. Act 2>1.

75
During previews
Delightful, Enchanting, Clever, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if U are opened to new subject matter. Good for the young market. Very imaginative. Voices were good.

Don't see it if U are not imaginative and don't like new storylines.

75
During previews
Funny, Great singing, Overrated, Quirky, Edgy

See it if You’re into obscure/sci fi stories, a teen/recently a teen, want to laugh.

Don't see it if You saw it off broadway and didn’t love it, can’t stand cult like fan groups, or don’t want to see something a little different different.

75
During previews
Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You saw the earlier off Bway production to see the improvements made

Don't see it if You prefer traditional big Bway musicals

75
During previews
Predictable, cliche, overrated

See it if you are a teenager who doesn't need a storyline that engages the viewer.

Don't see it if you expect a show that will surprise you and want a more believable story.

75
During previews
Clever, Great singing, Relevant

See it if you want to see a unique play with a sophomoric premise but themes presented are very real.

Don't see it if you cannot tolerate people being bullied.

71
During previews
Great staging, Clever

See it if You are a millennial. If you like good but loud music.

Don't see it if You are expecting a deep plot or a serous storyline. You hate loud music

71
During previews
Clever, Great acting, Great singing, Quirky

See it if You want to know what it's about. You like to see young talented preformers. You are in high school

Don't see it if you don't like silliness

70
During previews
Overamplified, energetic, creative

See it if You are looking for something different, modern and energetic. This had a few great musical performances and was visually intense.

Don't see it if You are expecting something great based on prior success of the show and music. There was potential in this.

Also I hope there is better balance on the sound before this opens. I was s... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Clever, Dizzying, Fluffy

See it if you want to see Heathers for the modern beta male with a bit of Little Shop thrown in. All of my high school students love it and I get why

Don't see it if you don't like shows about soical dynamics between nerds and popular kids in high school

70
During previews
Great singing, Overrated, Ambitious, Confusing

See it if you're a fan of the performers. The score was great and they all did a phenomenal job with each song.

Don't see it if you are looking for a clear cut story. It's a typical teen story, but it tries to be too many things, making it confusing.

70
During previews
Ambitious, Indulgent, Quirky, Dizzying, Slow

See it if you are the target demographic, enjoy original musicals or want to be surrounded by a group of the shows' "stans."

Don't see it if you like musicals that operate on a brisk pace or have trouble suspending your disbelieve.

69
During previews
Not for me, White male teenager angst, High school story, Long, Loud

See it if you have a 12-17 yo in tow. Songs sound the same, sound cranked to 11, teen fans scream. Talented cast, but subpar material. Cliches abound.

Don't see it if you want sophistication, originality, good melodies, strg lyrics. BMC isn't painful, but bring earplugs & check your good taste at the door.


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