The 'Broadwaysted' Podcast Welcomes BE MORE CHILL Composer Joe Iconis and Producer Jennifer Ashley Tepper
We're being fancy and pouring out Manhattans with our favorite Hudson Manhattan Rye Whiskey...well, we aren't pouring them out; they're being made for us by Guest Bartender and Be More Chill Musical Director Emily Marshall! Joe and Jennifer spill about Be More Chill's journey from regional premiere to Tumblr/Spotify Domination to it's highly-anticipated NYC premiere.
They also dish about their individual high school experiences, Joe's XXL Show t-shirts collection, and Fyvush Finkel in Little Shop of Horrors. Game Master Kimberly leads us through a few rounds of the classic "Heads Up" then introduces the new, Be More Chill-inspired game entitled "Do You Wanna Upgrade?" with Lights of Broadway Show Cards. Joe and Jennifer also take a trip to "Kevin's Corner" where they cast a musical version of "Home Alone 2" and we talk about the brilliance that is Linda Eder.
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About Joe: Joe Iconis is a writer and performer. As a composer - lyricist - book writer, he has authored the musicals Be More Chill, Broadway Bounty Hunter, Bloodsong of Love, The Black Suits, ReWrite, Theaterworks USA's The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks and We The People, and the currently in development Hunter S. Thompson Musicaland Love In Hate Nation. The original cast recording of his musical phenomenon Be More Chill has over 80 million streams, and his song "Broadway, Here I Come!" was hailed by the New York Times as a new entry in the Great American Songbook. He has been nominated for two Drama Desk Awards, a Lucille Lortel Award, and is the recipient of an Ed Kleban Award, a Jonathan Larson Award, an ASCAP Harold Adamson Lyric Award, a Doris Duke Grant, and a MAC John Wallowitch Songwriting Award. Follow him @MrJoeIconis
About Jennifer: Jennifer Ashley Tepper is the Creative and Programming Director at Feinstein's/54 Below, and the author of The Untold Stories of Broadway book series. Tepper's producing work on original ventures has gained praise from publications including The Huffington Post, The New York Times, Buzzfeed, Playbill, Newsday, the New York Post, and more. On Broadway, Tepper has worked on shows in directing, producing, and marketing capacities, including [title of show], The Performers, the 2011 revival of Godspell, and the 2013 revival of Macbeth. She has also worked at off-Broadway and regional theaters, including Second Stage Theatre, Ars Nova, The York Theatre, Weston Playhouse, and Goodspeed. Follow her @jenashtep
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