Be More Chill (Off-Broadway)
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Be More Chill (Off-Broadway)
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Be More Chill (Off-Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

83%
(309 Reviews)
Positive
88%
Mixed
9%
Negative
3%
Members say
Entertaining, Funny, Clever, 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!.

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Member Reviews (309)

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945 Reviews | 385 Followers
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. Read more

677 Reviews | 152 Followers
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"

687 Reviews | 114 Followers
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

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506 Reviews | 1002 Followers
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..

606 Reviews | 121 Followers
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. Read more

602 Reviews | 224 Followers
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.

567 Reviews | 146 Followers
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. Read more

510 Reviews | 129 Followers
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. Read more

Critic Reviews (35)

The New York Times
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 'OMG' urgency that never lets up,...The musical sequences, featuring slapdash choreography by Chase Brock, tend to blend into one another."
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The Hollywood Reporter
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 performed by its talented ensemble, the musical is definitely not for everyone...But the evening ultimately proves so winning that it's hard to entirely resist."
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Variety
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 Boritt make the action swift, and the glossy, 80s-like setting sleek and techy without New Wave kitsch. No theater piece has made tech-nerdiness look or sound as modern and warm."
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The Wall Street Journal
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, Joe Tracz’s book is deliberately pitched to an under-35 audience, but you don’t have to be a millennial to get the jokes, much less to revel in the sparky charms of 'Be More Chill.'"
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The Observer
August 9th, 2018

"I found 'Be More Chill' to be dopey, shrill and manic, amped to earbleed level. Joe Iconis’ pop-rock score is skillful, but generic and overly camp. It has a few decent songs and a dollop of heart, but doesn’t stand out from the crowd...Still, I can understand why so many young (and not so young) people are drawn to 'Be More Chill.' It’s broad but earnest...I just hope the juniors that flock to this...can grow up and appreciate more demanding stuff."
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AM New York
August 9th, 2018

"Iconis has written his finest score to date. His catchy songs are neatly integrated into the plotting and provide complete character portraits. Iconis also uses eerie electronic sounds to heighten the mood. The book (by Joe Tracz) is nowhere near as strong as the score, which creates a palpable disunity...Notwithstanding, the production is a raucous good time, with a gleefully silly, hyperkinetic air that invades its every facet...The high-powered performances are universally excellent."
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Theatermania
August 9th, 2018

"A hard-charging score by Iconis and a deliriously funny book by Tracz...Roland leads the tireless cast with authentic dweebiness...Salazar is an instantly appealing wingman and briefly steals the show...Iconis is a musical magpie, incorporating contemporary pop and rock into a classic, almost retro Broadway sound...'Be More Chill' holds a funhouse mirror up to the way we increasingly live our digital lives. That makes it not just ridiculously fun, but positively heroic."
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Lighting & Sound America
August 10th, 2018

“Loaded with young talent, even if one sometimes wonders about the uses to which it is being put…Even when 'Be More Chill' does things well, it's hard to forget that others are doing them, too -- sometimes better…Even at its most entertaining, the show never fully dispels the question, Do we really need another safari through the high school jungle?..Still, Roland smoothly graduates to leading man here, and his solid characterization -- and excellent voice -- help hold the evening together.”
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