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Wake Up With BWW 3/11: GARY Begins Previews, BE MORE CHILL Reviews, and More!

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Kick off another work week with the top stories from around the Broadway World!

First, we'd like to wish a happy first preview of the company of Gary, which begins performances tonight!

Be More Chill is officially open on Broadway! We've got everything from opening night coverage, to a roundup of reviews, features with the cast, and more!

Scroll through today's brief to get your upgrade on all things Chill!

Be sure to read up on these and the other goings-on below! Want our morning reports delivered via email? Subscribe here!

Wake Up With BWW 3/11: GARY Begins Previews, BE MORE CHILL Reviews, and More!
1) Wake Up With BWW 3/11: GARY Begins Previews, BE MORE CHILL Reviews, and More! Everything About Them Is (Not So) Terrible - Broadway Characters Who Could Use A Squip
by Alexa Criscitiello

The Squips are coming! The miniature miracle popularity supercomputers of the super new musical Be More Chill have recently taken up residence at Broadway's Lyceum Theatre! . (more...)


2) Wake Up With BWW 3/11: GARY Begins Previews, BE MORE CHILL Reviews, and More! BWW TV: Broadway Chills Out on the Red Carpet for Opening Night of BE MORE CHILL
by TV - Red Carpets

The Lyceum Theatre was the place to be as Broadway gets an upgrade! The cult hit Be More Chill, featuring music and lyrics by Joe Iconis, a book by Joe Tracz , direction by Stephen Brackett and choreography by Chase Brock, officially opened March 10, 2019.. (more...)


3) Take a Chill Pill! BE MORE CHILL Opens 3/10!
by Stephanie Wild

Take a chill pill! On March 10, 2019, Be More Chill officially opened at Broadway's Lyceum Theatre.. (more...)


4) Wake Up With BWW 3/11: GARY Begins Previews, BE MORE CHILL Reviews, and More! BWW TV: Who Would Your Squip Look Like? The BE MORE CHILL Cast Answers!
by BroadwayWorld TV

The Lyceum Theatre is the place to be today as Broadway gets an upgrade! The cult hit Be More Chill, featuring music and lyrics by Joe Iconis, a book by Joe Tracz , direction by Stephen Brackett and choreography by Chase Brock, officially opens tonight, March 10, 2019.. (more...)


5) Wake Up With BWW 3/11: GARY Begins Previews, BE MORE CHILL Reviews, and More! Michael Campayno, Quentin Earl Darrington, and Ali Ewoldt Will Lead 54 SINGS ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER

Michael Campayno (The Cher Show, Wicked), Quentin Earl Darrington (Once on This Island, CATS), and Ali Ewoldt (The Phantom of the Opera, The King and I) will lead 54 Sings Andrew Lloyd Webber on March 25, 2019 at 7:00 and 9:30 at Feinstein's/54 Below.. (more...)


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Today's Call Sheet:

GARY begins previews on Broadway tonight!
The show previously canceled its original first two previews when they announced that Andrea Martin would the company of Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus, due to an injury she sustained, having broken four ribs in an accident during rehearsals. Cast member and Tony Award nominee Kristine Nielsen will assume Ms. Martin's role of 'Janice'. Tony Award winner Julie White has joined the company in the role of 'Carol', which was intended to be played by Ms. Nielsen.

Starring three-time Tony Award winner Nathan Lane and directed by five-time Tony Award winner George C. Wolfe, Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus also stars Tony Award nominee Kristine Nielsen and Tony Award winner Julie White.

The Signature Theatre Gala honors Michael Corbat tonight!
The Signature Theatre Annual Gala will take place on Monday, March 11, 2019 at The Pershing Square Signature Center. The event will honor Citi CEO Michael Corbat and will celebrate the millionth subsidized ticket offered under the groundbreaking Signature Ticket Initiative.

Bob Mackie and Reginald Van Lee will be honored at TDF's 2019 Gala tonight!
Legendary costume designer Bob Mackie, who just received unanimous rave reviews for his costume design for Broadway's newest hit, THE CHER SHOW, and entrepreneur/philanthropist, REGINALD ("REGGIE") Van Lee will be honored at TDF's 2019 Gala on Monday, March 11 at Manhattan's historic Gotham Hall (1356 Broadway @ 36th Street, NYC).

Atlantic's THE MOTHER officially opens off-Broadway tonight!
The Mother began performance on February 20 at Atlantic Theater Company's Linda Gross Theater (336 West 20th Street). The production is a limited run through April 13, 2019

The Mother features Academy Award nominee Isabelle Huppert (Elle, Greta), Golden Globe Award nominee Chris Noth ("The Good Wife"), Justice Smith (Detective Pikachu), and Odessa Young (Days of Rage).


BWW Exclusive: BWW Interview: Constantine Germanacos Gets Ready to Say 'Dasvidaniya' to Three Years of ANASTASIA

Wake Up With BWW 3/11: GARY Begins Previews, BE MORE CHILL Reviews, and More!

On Sunday, March 31, after 808 performances on Broadway, Anastasia will take its final journey to the past- a journey that has lasted for three years. Constantine Germanacos has been there through it all.

In December, after a brief hiatus from the show, the original company member rejoined the production as Gleb- a role that he understudied during the runs of both Ramin Karimloo and Max von Essen. Before he officially took over as the Bolshevik bad guy, he originated the parts of Tsar Nicholas II and Count Ipolitov.

Read the full interview here!


What we're geeking out over: Review Roundup: Did the Critics More Than Survive at BE MORE CHILL?

Wake Up With BWW 3/11: GARY Begins Previews, BE MORE CHILL Reviews, and More!

The Lyceum Theatre was the place to be last night as Broadway gets an upgrade! The cult hit Be More Chill, featuring music and lyrics by Joe Iconis, a book by Joe Tracz , direction by Stephen Brackett and choreography by Chase Brock, officially opened on March 10, 2019.

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.

Read all of the reviews here!


What we're listening to: Broadway Jukebox: Scientists and Aliens and Mutants and More- A Very Sci-Fi Broadway Playlist!

As we prepared for the arrival of Broadway's latest, genuine, sci-fi musical, Be More Chill, we're celebrating the genre with songs about everything from talking plants to technology gone wrong, evil scientists to friendly mutants. Check out A Very Sci-Fi Broadway Playlist!


See you bright and early tomorrow, BroadwayWorld!



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