Music and Lyrics by Joe Iconis
Book by Joe Tracz
Based on the novel by Ned Vizzini
May 30-June 22, 2019

BE MORE CHILL

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"Now I'm just
Michael in the bathroom,
Michael in the bathroom at a party;
Forget how long it's been.
I'm just
Michael in the bathroom.
Michael in the bathroom at a party;
No you can't come in,
I'm waiting it out till it's time to leave;
And picking at grout as I softly grieve.
I'm just Michael who you don't know,
Michael flying solo,
Michael in the bathroom by himself,
All by himself."

You're offered a pill with a tiny supercomputer inside, to be taken with some Mountain Dew, that will install a personalized voice inside your head that will tell you how to be cool.

Do you take it?


The Breakfast Club meets Little Shop of Horrors, as New Line closes its season by bringing you the new sci-fi rock musical BE MORE CHILL, with music and lyrics by Joe Iconis and book by Joe Tracz, based on the bestselling novel by Ned Vizzini. It’s an honest, fearless, funny look at life in the digital age, exploring teen depression, bullying, and other current issues through the comic lens of sci-fi films of the 50s, horror flicks of the 80s, and teen movies of the 90s. The show has been selling out everywhere it runs.

"A wow of a musical that comes on like gangbusters." -- Rolling Stone

Jeremy is just an average, nothing-special teenage nerd -- until he finds out about the Squip ("Super Quantum Unit Intel Processor"), a tiny Japanese supercomputer in a convenient pill, which promises to "upgrade" him and bring him everything he desires most: a date with Christine, an invite to the coolest party of the year, and a chance to survive life in his suburban New Jersey high school.

"if you fed Dear Evan Hansen and Mean Girls to the Little Shop of Horrors plant, Be More Chill is probably what you would get." -- The New Yorker

Be More Chill made its world premiere at the Two River Theater in Red Bank, New Jersey in 2015, it's now being produced across the country, and it just opened on Broadway in March. A hit with audiences and critics alike, The New York Times writes "Be More Chill is one of the most popular musicals in America." The Wall Street Journal raves "you don't have to be a millennial to revel in the spunky charms of Be More Chill. See it now if you can wrangle a ticket, because it's going to hit big - deservedly so." The Hollywood Reporter says "uproarious laughter ...enjoyable, catchy, up-tempo numbers, so winning that it's hard to resist," and Vox calls Be More Chill "a sensation. ... wildly adored ...universal. ... The audience was screaming at every song." Variety writes "It's one thing to be told that Be More Chill is a viral hit on the internet. It's quite another to experience the hype live and in the room, where the audience explodes like it's at a rock concert. ...People have come from all around the country, if not all around the world to see it."

New Line's cast includes Jayde Mitchell (Jeremy), Dominic Dowdy-Windsor (Squip), Kevin Corpuz (Michael), Melissa Felps (Brooke), Evan Fornachon (Rich), Isabel Cecilia Garcia (Jenna), Nicholas Kelly (Jeremy’s Dad), Grace Langford (Christine), Ian McCreary (Jake), and Laura Renfro (Chloe). The show will be directed by Mike Dowdy-Windsor and Scott Miller, with music direction by Tali Allen, choreography by Michelle Sauer and Sara Rae Womack, lighting and scenic design by Rob Lippert, costume design by Sarah Porter, and sound design by Ryan Day.

Want to explore more?
We recommend:

The novel Be More Chill by Ned Vizzini

The Be More Chill vocal selections

The Be More Chill cast recording

A great Vanity Fair article about Be More Chill on Broadway

The Stage Grok podcast's Be More Chill interviews:
-- Be More Chill songwriter Joe Iconis
-- Be More Chill actor Katlyn Carlson
-- Be More Chill producer Jennifer Ashley Tepper
-- Be More Chill orchestrator and music supervisor Charlie Rosen

Ned Vizzini's Author Page and his other books on Amazon

TICKET INFO

BE MORE CHILL runs May 30-June 22, 2019, Thursday through Saturday evenings, all performances at 8:00 p.m., at the Marcelle Theater, 3310 Samuel Shepard Drive, three blocks east of Grand, in the Grand Center Arts District. May 30 is a preview. Click here for directions.

Tickets are on sale now through MetroTix outlets, including the Fox Theatre box office. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for students/seniors on Thursdays; and $30 for adults and $25 for students/seniors on Fridays and Saturdays. All ticket sales will include a service fee and a $1.00 facility fee. To charge tickets by phone, call MetroTix at 314-534-1111 or visit the Fox Theatre box office or the Metrotix website.

HIGH SCHOOL DISCOUNT: Any high school student with a valid school ID can get a $10 ticket for any performance all season long, with the code word for each show, which will posted only on New Line's Facebook page. This offer is available only at the door.

EDUCATORS DISCOUNT: New Line offers all currently employed educators half price tickets on any Thursday night, with work ID or other proof of employment. Not valid in connection with other discounts or offers, available only at the door, and subject to availability.

MILITARY DISCOUNT: New Line offers all active duty military personnel half price tickets on any Thursday night, with ID or other proof of active duty status. Not valid in connection with other discounts or offers, available only at the door, and subject to availability.

All programs subject to change. New Line Theatre receives funding from the Regional Arts Commission and the Missouri Arts Council. This show is funded in part by the Arts & Education Council and their Monsanto Creative Impact Fund. Be More Chill is presented by arrangement with Rodgers & Hammerstein Theatricals, New York.

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