BE MORE CHILL to Release Broadway Cast Recording
BroadwayWorld has just learned that hit Broadway musical sensation Be More Chill will record a new cast album! The recording will be available later this Spring.
The show's Original Broadway Cast Recording will be produced by Kurt Deutsch, Joe Iconis, and Charlie Rosen, and co-produced by Ian Kagey and Emily Marshall. Be More Chill is now playing at Broadway's Lyceum Theatre (149 West 45th Street, NYC). The album will be recorded March 17-19.
Featuring a score by Joe Iconis, the new album will feature the Broadway cast of Be More Chill: Will Roland (Dear Evan Hansen, The Black Suits) as Jeremy; George Salazar (tick, tick... BOOM!, Godspell, The Lightning Thief) as Michael; Stephanie Hsu (SpongeBob SquarePants) as Christine;Gerard Canonico (Spring Awakening, Groundhog Day) as Rich; Katlyn Carlson (Dirty Dancing, The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin) as Chloe; Tiffany Mann (Waitress, Jerry Springer the Opera) as Jenna; Lauren Marcus (The Humans at St. Louis Rep, Company at Barrington Stage) as Brooke; Britton Smith (Shuffle Along, After Midnight) as Jake; Jason SweetTooth Williams (Freaky Friday, Benny and Joon, Bloodsong of Love) as Mr. Heere-Mr. Reyes-Scary Stockboy; and Jason Tam (NBC's "Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert," KPOP) as The Squip.
BE MORE CHILL features music and lyrics by Joe Iconis (NBC's "Smash," The Black Suits, Broadway Bounty Hunter) and a book by Joe Tracz (The Lightning Thief, Netflix's "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events") based on the cult sensation novel by Ned Vizzini. Stephen Brackett (Buyer & Cellar) directs and Chase Brock (HBO's "Last Week Tonight," Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark) choreographs. Be More Chill features musical direction by Emily Marshall and music supervision and orchestrations by Charlie Rosen (Prince of Broadway, Honeymoon in Vegas).
Iconis said, "The original cast recording of Be More Chill changed my life. It was the launchpad for this entire crazy journey which has led myself and my collaborators all the way to Broadway. I couldn't be more excited that the new material written for the show since our 2015 recording will finally be preserved, along with the performances of our brilliant current cast. I am so proud that a second cast recording will soon be able to sit beside our first beloved album in the CD carrying cases, LP shelves, and hard drives of Be More Chill fans everywhere."
What if popularity came in a pill? Would you take it, no questions asked? In Be More Chill, achieving that elusive "perfect life" is now possible thanks to some mysterious new technology-but it comes at a cost that's not as easy to swallow. What could possibly go wrong? Blending the contemporary with retro sci-fi, this thrillingly exciting, comically subversive, and deeply felt new musical takes on the competing voices in all of our heads. And ultimately proves, there's never been a better time in history to be yourself-especially if you're a loser...geek...or whatever.
Photo Credit: Maria Baranova