Thursday, June 11, 2015

Be More Chill @ Two Rivers Theater Company

The World Premier of Be More Chill, opened at the Two River’s Theatre this June. An inventive musical with a fantastic cast of Broadway’s young finest, Be More Chill deserves to be seen and appreciated!

Young Jeremy is a loser, he’s barely able to get through high school, he doesn’t have a girlfriend, and his father wanders the house without his pants on. Enter in “The Squib,” a super computer that enters in your bloodstream and invades your consciousness to give you all the tools to succeed at life, but as we all know, there is always a price.

Will Connolly(Once) stars as Jeremy. With poignancy and teenage innocence, we see him transformed from the lovable nerd to the kid at the top of the food chain. Eric William Morris(Mamma Mia) plays his squib, bent on world domination. Oozing sex appeal, he commands the stage and is the epitome of chill. Stephanie Hsu(Girl Code) demonstrates the vivacity that high school drama geeks are known for with flair and kick-ass converse. Also starring: Jake Boyd, Gerard Canonico, Katlyn Carlson, Katie Ladner, Lauren Marcus, George Salazar, and Paul Whitty.

Be More Chill is full of choreography and music reminiscent of Green Day’s’ American Idiot, with just enough musical theatre to paint it’s tonality. But the one number that stood out was “Michael in the Bathroom,” performed by the incredibly talented George Salazar. If, and I hope this is the case, Be More Chill continues its climb to the Broadway stage, I hope they do not change one iota of this ballad. It was perfect.
Do yourself a favor and make your way down to the Jersey Shore for this piece of theatre conceived by Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz and directed by Stephen Brackett. It’s a misfist’s dream and captures high school, friendship, and what it means to be an individual with laser definition. Be More Chill runs until June 21st.

Review By: Aziza Seven
Photos By: T. Charles Erickson


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