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Broadway hit Be More Chill transfers to London

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

BE MORE Chill, described as the mind-bendingly fun, smash hit Broadway musical, is transferring to London where it will receive its UK premiere at The Other Palace, running from February 18 (previews from February 12) to May 3, 2020.

Be More Chill is based on the groundbreaking novel of the same name by Ned Vizzini.

With original music and lyrics by Joe Iconis and a book by Joe Tracz, Be More Chill is an international sensation. When the 2015 Original Cast Recording was released, millions of people streamed the album and formed a passionate community of Be More Chill fans. This ultimately led to the musical being produced on Broadway.

When the 2019 Broadway Cast Recording was subsequently released, it debuted at #2 on the Top Cast Albums Chart. Songs from the musical have accumulatively garnered over 318 million streams, with the breakout track Michael In The Bathroom amassing over 31 million streams and eight million YouTube views alone.

Tumblr has ranked Be More Chill as the #2 most talked-about musical on their platform, behind only Hamilton.

Be More Chill tells the atypical love story of a boy, a girl….and the supercomputer inside the boy’s head guiding him every step of the way. The boy is desperately trying to fit in. The girl’s longing to be noticed. And the supercomputer just wants to take over the world.

As well as Michael In The Bathroom, the Tony Award-nominated score also includes the numbers More than Survive and of course, Be More Chill.

The success of Be More Chill in the US has been led by a groundswell of unprecedented online support. The show was commissioned by and premiered at Two River Theater in Red Bank, New Jersey in 2015, had a limited run, and released an original cast recording. In 2017, the number of online listeners to the recording started growing, with fans creating animated YouTube videos, art fiction, blogs and vlogs.

In 2018, the show’s creators thought it was time to bring it back – resulting in an ‘off-Broadway production’ and this year’s Broadway run at the Lyceum Theatre. Its runaway success continues with its London premiere at The Other Palace and a film adaptation which is currently underway.

Be More Chill will be directed by Stephen Brackett, with choreography by Chase Brock, set design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Bobby Frederick Tilley, lighting design by Tyler Micoleau, sound design by Ryan Rumery and projection design by Alex Basco Koch.

Musical supervision and orchestrations are by Charlie Rosen, music vocal arrangements by Emily Marshall and UK casting, to be announced at a later date, is by Will Burton.

Tickets: From £19.50 (£15 for previews). Priority booking opens on Thursday, October 3 and go on general sale from Tuesday, October 8, 2019. To book, call 020 7087 7900 or visit lwtheatres.co.uk/theatres/the-other-palace/book/.

Times: Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7:30pm; Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm; Sundays at 4pm.

The UK premiere of Falsettos continues at The Other Palace until November 23, 2019.