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Be More Chill (Off-Broadway)

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Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Great singing, Quirky

About the show

This New York premiere musical is an edgy, comic look at coming of age in the digital age. Get tickets to the Broadway transfer here!. 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.


Member Reviews (298)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Great singing, Quirky
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Avg Score

90
Clever, Great singing, Funny, Refreshing, Quirky

See it if You want to see something new, fun and original. Young and fresh with a unique story and super talented actors/singers.

Don't see it if You expect...anything...this is pretty off the wall. Part love story, part sci-fi, part coming of age.

Also I think as much as I liked this (and I liked it very much) it will onl... Read more Read less

90
Delightful, Entertaining, Enchanting, Relevant

See it if It is fun, fun, fun. . Nothing deep but it relates to High School. life today and forever. Special talent by Salazar and Roland &Tam..

Don't see it if Always a full house. Noise may be too much for some "older" folks. Many parents hung out in the lobby Tickets are hard to get..

75
Clever, Quirky, Intense, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if Another musical about usual teenage insecurties but w/ a digital twist Often clever & sincere but nothing new to say Tons of energy & talent

Don't see it if Unfair comparisons to Evan Hansen will abound but it's just not as vocally complex or textured Very loud w/drowned out lyrics & lame choreo

77
Sweet, but banal, adaptation of fan favorite novel

See it if you enjoy discovering new musicals, fan of Joe Iconis, enjoy young casts, reliving high school days, outcasts becoming heroes, mix of music

Don't see it if don't like loud music or screaming teen audiences, shows about high school, sci-fi plots, or expecting to see a "Dear Evan Hansen"

84
Funny, Great writing, Quirky, Resonant, Clever

See it if You love modern rock musicals with upbeat scores (one of the best in recent memory) and timeless messages about being true to yourself.

Don't see it if You don’t think you’d relate at all to a show about high schoolers.

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

See it if Funny story of a boy want to fit in. That is how him adventure begin, for he thinks he is a lose

Don't see it if you laugh a lot during this show.

Also A show for everyone, great dancing and very funny. It remind me of Lit... Read more Read less

89
Ambitious, Delightful, Great singing, Great staging, Edgy

See it if Contemporary musical of teen-age trappings and angst set to pop-rock beat w/ demonstrative fanbase. "Evan Hansen" adjacent.

Don't see it if Only hits stride when male leads hit the stage, until then...waiting. Once they exit...waiting. For 2.5 hrs. Waiting.

Also B'way bound and taking the cult with it.

98
Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if You enjoy a high-energy rock musical about a "magic pill" but things aren't what they seem. Fast paced, great songs, want the soundtrack!

Don't see it if You prefer a talky drama instead, or if you don't have earplugs (music super loud)

85
Quirky, Refreshing, Clever

See it if you must see what all the kids are talking about, and you enjoy coming of age stories with a quirky bent.

Don't see it if you don't like sci-fi, rock music, or excited teens in the audience.

80
Entertaining, Quirky, Fun, Silly, Fluffy

See it if you want to have fun, you're a teenager, you enjoy a talented cast, interested in sci fi & musical comedy, want tips on how to be popular.

Don't see it if you're looking for great, memorable music, a realistic premise, you don't want to relive high school & you don't like happy endings.

Also The play is lots of fun bringing smiles to your face through most of i... Read more Read less

79
Funny, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy sci-fi stories and plots about young people, peer-pressure and growing-up.

Don't see it if if you prefer mature topics, are sensitive about drug abuse, or do not care for sci-fi themes.

88
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Great singing

See it if a high-energy brightly colored (costumes & scenery) show about teenage angst and popularity with a sort of sci-fi element; mostly sung

Don't see it if you don't like loud (the fellow next to me did not). The music can be loud especially in some of the ensemble numbers.

Also A higher energy version of Dear Evan Hansen & (I couldn't put my finge... Read more Read less

71
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Overrated, Ambitious

See it if You are a teen or felt like an outsider when you were one. The kids, especially the theatre kids I talked to in the audience loved it.

Don't see it if You are expecting something profound. It’s a high concept show that has I think has limited adult appeal. Just OK.

82
Quirky, Edgy, Entertaining, Mature themes, Inconsistent writing & ambiguous morals

See it if a teen-set show that essentially feels like an homage to the 1980s, 1990s, and now—with futuristic spins and a bit of 1950s sci-fi—appeals.

Don't see it if expecting either serious OR light teen issues—content can be uncomfortably raunchy, dangerous (drugs/alcohol), and inappropriate for tweens.

Also A talented cast leads this Mean Girls-meets-Dear Evan Hansen-meets-Rea... Read more Read less

85
Funny, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if you liked the cast album and want an easy fluffy show. Think Dear Evan Hansen meets Little Shop meets Mean Girls meets Matrix.

Don't see it if you want an interesting plot. Basic high school drama set to fun and catchy tunes.

Also The response to this show from the fans of the cast album are amazing ... Read more Read less

65
Disappointing, Great singing, Overrated

See it if are a teenager

Don't see it if felt it was a cross between Mean Girls and Dear Evan Hansen for the high-school set who have not been to theater before

94
Quirky, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Must see

See it if You like fresh new musicals that are also a little bit quirky. Want to see some fab performances by the whole cast.

Don't see it if You don't like teen coming of age stories or pop/rock musicals or shows with elements of science fiction.

Also I had such a great time at this show. I can watch Jason Tam in anythin... Read more Read less

75
Entertaining, Quirky, Fun, Great projections

See it if you want to have an enjoyable time watching a hard-working, talented cast -- even if your teenage years are long ago and far away.

Don't see it if you have no interest in teen-age angst and if loud, repetitive music annoys you.

75
Entertaining, Great singing, Quirky, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if A fun time in the theater. Interesting concept well executed. Enjoyable score.Energetic cast.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in shows focusing on adolescent issues.

72
Entertaining, Delightful, Funny, Overrated, Ludicrous

See it if you want a fun romp of a high school music with a cliched but accurate lens on the angst of adolescence; or to smile and laugh with teens.

Don't see it if you're over the age of 30, have a low tolerance for the ridiculous/absurd/deus ex machina, you've been listening too closely to the hype

Also Turns out I love musicals. So I had a great time. But I am pretty surp... Read more Read less

94
Delightful, Entertaining, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

See it if Iconis a future bright star on Broadway. Clever entertainment with important messages without being an after-school special. Broadway-bound

Don't see it if If you cannot get a ticket

79
Relevant, Quirky, Loud, Exuberant, Teen-tuned

See it if You like stories about high school and teenage life. Want to see some fine young performers having a great time.

Don't see it if Struggle with loud music and teen-oriented content.

87
Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Refreshing, Quirky

See it if you want to see a Sci-Fi Musical with a very catchy soundtrack. The show is fun, but story is a but far fetched even for the sci-fi world.

Don't see it if you don't want something that really is for high school kids. It's a good show to see if you have saw some of the other classics first.

Also I went into the show knowing the soundtrack and really enjoying the mu... Read more Read less

78
Ambitious, Cliched, Confusing, Dizzying, Quirky

See it if "Dear Evan Hansen" and "Mean Girls" definitely came to mind, with the aforementioned 2 being better. It was "ok". I wasn't sure what to ex-

Don't see it if pect, but, with the hype of "sweeping-the-nation" or being "sold out", I guess I felt "honored" to partake, but, maybe because I'm in my mid

Also 30s, I was underwhelmed. It was loud (for the woman next to me). I may... Read more Read less

59
Cliched, Banal, Overrated, Slow

See it if you've never seen a story set in high school before or don't need a fresh perspective brought to a well-worn topic

Don't see it if you want surprise and aural variety in your musicals


August 9th, 2018
"Unfortunately, anyone for whom adolescence is a distant and unpleasant memory is unlikely to feel like screaming, not in ecstasy, anyway...'Be More Chill' seems like a members-only club for those caught in the hellish here-and-now of the middle teens...From beginning to end, the score has an 'OM...
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August 9th, 2018
"Iconis' pop-rock score includes plenty of enjoyably catchy, uptempo numbers...Director Stephen Brackett keeps things moving at a frenetic pace, with Chase Brock's energetic choreography providing plenty of opportunities for the young performers to exhibit their athleticism...Exuberantly performe...
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August 9th, 2018
"Roland’s best musical moment comes early in the show with squeakily and eloquently-rendered lines...For Salazar, his nervous 'Michael in the Bathroom' is a second act tour de force, a rollercoaster ride of anxiety-driven vocal emotionalism and melodic complexity...Stephen Brackett and Beowulf Bo...
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August 9th, 2018
"'Be More Chill' is a delight, a tale of social anxiety whose pop-rock score, written by Joe Iconis, is unfailingly lively and fresh. Stephen Brackett and Chase Brock, the director and choreographer, keep the pace brisk, and the cast, Stephanie Hsu in particular, is engaging without limit. Yes, J...
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