Musical Be More Chill is set to return, this time at the Shaftesbury Theatre from 30 June to 5 September 2021. The limited 10-week run follows the show’s success on Broadway, Off-Broadway and at London’s The Other Palace until it was forced to close in March last year due to the pandemic.
Based on the groundbreaking novel of the same name by Ned Vizzini, Be More Chill has a book by Joe Tracz and a Tony Award-nominated original score by Joe Iconis.
The original London cast will reprise their roles: Blake Patrick Anderson (Michael Mell), Miracle Chance (Christine Canigula), Stewart Clarke (The Squip), Eloise Davies (Brooke Lohst), Scott Folan (Jeremy Heere), Christopher Fry (Mr Heere, Mr Reyes and others), James Hameed (Rich Goranski), Gabriel Hinchliffe (Ensemble), Renée Lamb (Jenna Rolan), Eve Norris (Ensemble), Millie O’Connell (Chloe Valentine) and Miles Paloma (Jake Dillinger).
When the 2019 Broadway Cast Recording was released, it debuted at No. 2 on the Top Cast Albums Chart. Songs from the musical have been heard over 611 million times across digital platforms, with the breakout track ‘Michael In The Bathroom’ amassing over 42 million streams and eight million YouTube views alone. Tumblr has ranked Be More Chill as the No. 2 most talked-about musical on its platform, behind Hamilton. A film adaptation is currently in the works.
The production is directed by Stephen Brackett, the choreographer is Chase Brock, set designer Beowulf Boritt, costume designer Bobby Frederick Tilley, lighting designer Tyler Micoleau, sound designer Ryan Rumery and projection designer Alex Basco Koch. Associate director is Gavin Mitford, musical supervision and orchestrations are by Charlie Rosen, music vocal arrangements by Emily Marshall and UK casting is by Will Burton. The production is presented by Bill Kenwright with Jerry Goehring, Lisa Dozier and Paul Taylor-Mills.