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)


69
During previews
Entertaining, Indulgent, Quirky

See it if You want to see another show where being popular in high school is the key to a happy teenage life

Don't see it if You want to good acts. The first act is fun and entertaining but very similar to Dear Even Hansen. The 2nd act is too frantic

69
During previews
Disappointing, Fluffy, Indulgent, Great singing, Clever

See it if Must see what the hype is about for yourself. Some good singing and interesting staging. First act drags a bit but the second act delivers.

Don't see it if Don't enjoy campiness and sci-fi in your shows and are bothered by teenage girls screaming and giggling throughout the show.

69
During previews
Loud, long, plot-heavy, did i say loud?

See it if you're young, maybe? The performers are all extraordinary. I can see why this was a hit off-Broadway.

Don't see it if Feels as if story and music have been done before and better. Would help to LOWER volume and cut 30 mins.

67
During previews
Banal, Cliched, Funny, Fluffy, Relevant

See it if you want to see a somewhat entertaining high school-set musical with decent acting and some good songs.

Don't see it if you are not interested in seeing a story about high school kids.

66
During previews
Quirky, Indulgent, Funny, Cliched, Clever

See it if Contemporary musical comedy that reaches younger audiences.

Don't see it if You are looking for a rich story or something with impact.

65
During previews
Teen angst. sci fi. loud unmelodic music.

See it if You like te3nage sci fi musicals

Don't see it if You want good story and music

65
During previews
Cliched, Disappointing, Inane, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You’re in high school looking for a sophomoric musical

Don't see it if You’re looking for great writing with a sophisticated story.

53
During previews
Resonant, Cliched, Fluffy, Overrated, Quirky

See it if you enjoy quirky stories about angsty teens, or you’re 12 years old.

Don't see it if you’re looking for sophisticated writing or stories that challenge you. This is created for a Gen Z audience and has eye-rolling moments

Also The lyrics sound as if they were written by a preteen, the story is pa... Read more Read less

51
During previews
Ambitious, Disappointing, Great singing, Caricature of what it was, Relevant

See it if you didn't see it off Broadway or in Jersey, I guess?

Don't see it if you saw an earlier version of the show. They RUINED it in the transfer up. It went from being earnest and lovely to a hollow caricature.

Also I'm unspeakably disappointed in the transfer up to Broadway after seei... Read more Read less

50
During previews
Overrated, Insipid, Cliched, Disappointing, Funny

See it if you're a high school outcast who is looking for a new community and to feel seen and heard.

Don't see it if you're expecting to have an experience similar to Dear Evan Hansen.

49
During previews
Slow

See it if you are a middle or high schooler that is about it

Don't see it if you are not a child, its way to childish/silly

40
During previews
Cringey, Over-acted, Overrated, Excruciating, Cliched

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

30
During previews
Confusing, Cliched, Disappointing, Dizzying, Quirky

See it if you want the feeling of being beside yourself.

Don't see it if you're an adult!! It's an exhausting show that is definitely catered to tweens.

30
During previews
Dizzying

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.

Also I understand it could appeal to a teenage audience. But as an adult I ... Read more Read less

25
During previews
Banal, Disappointing, Quirky

See it if You are a tween and don't want a moving night at the theatre.

Don't see it if You are over 15, expect a well-crafted plot or any storylines for an adult to latch on to.

25
During previews
Disappointing

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.

Also I may not be the demographic for this show, but I still hoped to find ... Read more Read less

20
During previews
Cliched, Silly, Overrated, Well-intentioned, Disappointing

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.

Also I saw this off-Broadway and disliked it, but people were so in love th... Read more Read less

100
During previews
Clever, Edgy, Funny, Intelligent, Great singing

See it if You like a show with excellent music and story line. If you like a show with amazing acting, singing and dancing.

Don't see it if You don’t like shows about high school and teens.

100
During previews
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing

See it if You like good shows

Don't see it if You do not understand language used by people in college and under

100
During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Relevant, Quirky, Great acting

See it if you're interested in experiencing new musical theater.

Don't see it if you don't feel there is a place on Broadway for anything non-traditional

Also The music is more clever and the story is more relatable than some are... Read more Read less

94
During previews
Quirky, Resonant, Refreshing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you want to watch something sci-fi with catchy music, hilarious dialogue, lgbt+ representation, and painfully relatable story line.

Don't see it if You're not good with flashy lights and constant high energy.

93
During previews
Quirky, Clever, Funny, Great singing, Great writing

See it if ...you want to watch a fun, breathtaking show that tackles teen difficulties with drama, comedy, and science fiction elements.

Don't see it if ...you prefer traditional Broadway shows.

92
During previews
Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Refreshing, Delightful

See it if Although the story has been staged before in many different forms. The staging, acting, and energy make this unique.

Don't see it if You want a serious or old fashioned musical.

Also The most delightful, energetic show I’ve seen all year. The acting is ... Read more Read less

92
During previews
Delightful, Great staging, Quirky, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if You like irreverent theater. It's hard not to smile at the loveable characters all of whom are portrayed delightfully. Fun, engaging music.

Don't see it if You don't like shows like "Little Shop of Horrors" or if you're looking for profound theater. It's goofy, quirky, and fun- but not "deep."

Also I saw this first night in previews with an absolutely ELECTRIC crowd, ... Read more Read less

91
During previews
Great singing, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if You want a fresh show, like nothing on Broadway. Cast incl. the swings are crazy talented. Characters are more developed than past versions.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy science fiction or teens. This is a PG13+ show so know the content if you are bringing teens.


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