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Bio:
Broadway: Be More Chill (Lyceum Theater). Off-Broadway: Be More Chill (Signature and Two River Theaters), The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical (Theaterworks USA/National Tour), Buyer & Cellar (Rattlestick and Barrow Street Theaters/National Tour/London’s Menier Chocolate Factory), The ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Broadway: Be More Chill (Lyceum Theater). Off-Broadway: Be More Chill (Signature and Two River Theaters), The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical (Theaterworks USA/National Tour), Buyer & Cellar (Rattlestick and Barrow Street Theaters/National Tour/London’s Menier Chocolate Factory), The ... (read complete bio)
VIDEO: BE MORE CHILL Cast Sings Mashup Of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at Curtain Call Photo VIDEO: BE MORE CHILL Cast Sings Mashup Of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at Curtain Call
by Stage Tube - May 16, 2019

After last night's performance of Be More Chill, the show's composer Joe Iconis took to the stage. He talked about his love for the musical LIttle Shop of Horrors, before bringing back out some members of the cast to do a mashup of that show, with Be More Chill.

Barrington Stage Co Announces Casting For 2019; 
Mykal Kilgore, Julia Murney, Jonath Photo Barrington Stage Co Announces Casting For 2019; Mykal Kilgore, Julia Murney, Jonathan Raviv, and More
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2019

Barrington Stage Company announced today casting for its 25th Anniversary season. Casting will include Elijah Alexander, Mara Davi, Carson Elrod, Joel de la Fuente, Mykal Kilgore, Alyse Alan Louis, Kate MacCluggage, Jeff McCarthy, Julia Murney, Jonathan Raviv, Debra Jo Rupp and more. Full casting for the 25th Anniversary season is below.

James Jackson, Jr. To Return To The Green Room 42 In SHADY SINGS THE BLUES Photo James Jackson, Jr. To Return To The Green Room 42 In SHADY SINGS THE BLUES
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2019

In a night off from Playwrights Horizons, James Jackson, Jr. of Michael R. Jackson's 'A Strange Loop' sings us through a musical exercise in the origin of shade, and the lost art of self-love.

Vote For BWW's Theatre Fans' Choice Awards: HAMILTON Leads Best Long-Running Broadway Photo Vote For BWW's Theatre Fans' Choice Awards: HAMILTON Leads Best Long-Running Broadway Show!
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2019

Voting is open and continues for the BroadwayWorld Theater Fans' Choice Awards! Now in our 17th year, the Theater Fans' Choice Awards are, by FAR, the largest fan based awards of their kind. Open to anyone to vote, we're excited to present a full slate of eligible nominees in categories that both mirror the popular critical awards, as well as fan favorite categories for Best Tour, Ensemble and Off Broadway shows.

Playwrights Horizons Announces Live For Five Lottery For A STRANGE LOOP Photo Playwrights Horizons Announces Live For Five Lottery For A STRANGE LOOP
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2019

Playwrights Horizons (Artistic Director Tim Sanford, Managing Director Leslie Marcus), will, from today, May 13, through Thursday, May 16, accept entries for the Live for Five online lottery, giving out $5 tickets to the world premiere production of 2019 Whiting Award Winner Michael R. Jackson's A Strange Loop, (May 24-July 7), presented in association with Page 73 (Producing Artistic Director Michael Walkup, Managing Director Amanda Feldman). Directed by Stephen Brackett (Be More Chill, Buyer and Cellar) and choreographed by Raja Feather Kelly (Playwrights: If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be a Muhfucka; Ugly (Black Queer Zoo), Fairview), A Strange Loop explores the thoughts of Usher, a black, queer writer working a job he hates while writing his original musical: a piece about a black, queer writer, working a job he hates while writing his original musical. Michael R. Jackson's blistering, momentous new musical (and his professional debut) follows a young artist at war with a host of demons-not least of which are the punishing thoughts in his own head-in an attempt to capture and understand his own strange loop.

Vote For BWW's Theatre Fans' Choice Awards: TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD Leads Best Play! Photo Vote For BWW's Theatre Fans' Choice Awards: TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD Leads Best Play!
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2019

Voting is open and continues for the BroadwayWorld Theater Fans' Choice Awards! Now in our 17th year, the Theater Fans' Choice Awards are, by FAR, the largest fan based awards of their kind. Open to anyone to vote, we're excited to present a full slate of eligible nominees in categories that both mirror the popular critical awards, as well as fan favorite categories for Best Tour, Ensemble and Off Broadway shows.

Vote For BWW's Theatre Fans' Choice Awards: HADESTOWN and OKLAHOMA Lead Best Musical  Photo Vote For BWW's Theatre Fans' Choice Awards: HADESTOWN and OKLAHOMA Lead Best Musical and Revival!
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2019

Voting is open and continues for the BroadwayWorld Theater Fans' Choice Awards! Now in our 17th year, the Theater Fans' Choice Awards are, by FAR, the largest fan based awards of their kind. Open to anyone to vote, we're excited to present a full slate of eligible nominees in categories that both mirror the popular critical awards, as well as fan favorite categories for Best Tour, Ensemble and Off Broadway shows.

BE MORE CHILL's Gerard Canonico Takes Over Instagram Tomorrow! Photo BE MORE CHILL's Gerard Canonico Takes Over Instagram Tomorrow!
by Linnae Medeiros - May 3, 2019

C-c-c'mon c-c-c'mon, we're getting an upgrade this weekend because Be More Chill's very own Rich, Gerard Canonico, is taking over BroadwayWorld's Instagram Story tomorrow, May 4th! So get your Mountain Dew ready and be sure to tune in throughout the day to get a peek into a two-show day at Broadway's Lyceum Theatre!

BE MORE CHILL Original Broadway Cast Recording is Available Today Photo BE MORE CHILL Original Broadway Cast Recording is Available Today
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2019

Be More Chill: Original Broadway Cast Recording is available for digital download and streaming today, Friday, May 3. This new album completes a remarkable full-circle journey for Be More Chill, as the original recording from Ghostlight - which has now been streamed over 300 million times to date - helped propel the show from Two River Theater to a viral Broadway hit. Be More Chill was nominated for a 2019 Tony Award for "Best Original Score." CD and vinyl releases are planned for later this year. The album is produced by Kurt Deutsch, Joe Iconis, and Charlie Rosen, and co-produced by Ian Kagey and Emily Marshall. To download or stream the album, please visit ghostlightrecords.lnk.to/bemorechillbroadway

BWW Exclusive: Listen to 'The Smartphone Hour' from BE MORE CHILL Broadway Cast Recor Photo BWW Exclusive: Listen to 'The Smartphone Hour' from BE MORE CHILL Broadway Cast Recording!
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2019

GHOSTLIGHT RECORDS has announced that Be More Chill: Original Broadway Cast Recording will be released for digital download and streaming tomorrow, May 3. This new album completes a remarkable full-circle journey for Be More Chill, as the original recording from Ghostlight (which has now been streamed over 300 million times to date) helped propel the show from Two River Theater to a viral Broadway hit. CD and vinyl releases are planned for later this year. Starting today, Friday, April 26, customers who pre-order the digital album will immediately receive a download of the single 'More Than Survive.' The album is produced by Kurt Deutsch, Joe Iconis, and Charlie Rosen, and co-produced by Ian Kagey and Emily Marshall.

27 Writers Of 9 New Musicals Announced For Rhinebeck Writers Retreat Photo 27 Writers Of 9 New Musicals Announced For Rhinebeck Writers Retreat
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2019

Founding Executive Director Kathy Evans announced the 27 writers of nine new musicals for Rhinebeck Writers Retreat's summer weeklong residencies. This year's artists include Obie-winner Heather Christian, Kleban-winner Brian Crawley, TV and film writers Bekah Brunstetter (THIS IS US) and Cinco Paul (DESPICABLE ME), inaugural Stephen Schwartz Award winner Oliver Houser, and ASCAP Foundation scholarship winner Khiyon Hursey. The musicals cover a wide range of subjects. Four have LGBTQ themes: a historical look at Florida in the 1950s (IN A SUNSHINE STATE), a Palestinian/Israeli love story (BORDERS), a modern coming of age of a young black man (SEAN'S STORY PART I | THE AWAKENING), and a fantasy queer rock musical celebrating lady love (TL;DR: THELMA LOUISE; DYKE REMIX). Two are darkly comedic historical musicals: one featuring Mary Magdelene (A.D. 16) and the second a WWII plot to foil Hitler (OPERATION MINCEMEAT). Other subjects include the opioid crisis (ALMOST HEAVEN), the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 (THE GOLDEN SPIKE), and a mystery involving a woman with a sleep disorder (NARCOLEPSY).

BWW Exclusive: BE MORE CHILL Celebrates Tony Nominee Joe Iconis With A Post-Show Enco Photo BWW Exclusive: BE MORE CHILL Celebrates Tony Nominee Joe Iconis With A Post-Show Encore!
by Stage Tube - May 1, 2019

After receiving his first Tony nomination for Best Score, Be More Chill composer Joe Iconis and star George Salazar hit the stage tonight for a special post-show encore of the show's anthem, 'Michael In the Bathroom.' BroadwayWorld has an exclusive look at the performance below! Congratulations, Joe!

Tickets Now On Sale For Sean Donovan's CABIN At The Bushwick Starr Photo Tickets Now On Sale For Sean Donovan's CABIN At The Bushwick Starr
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2019

The Bushwick Starr is thrilled to present the world premiere of CABIN, the latest from Bessie nominated Sean Donovan (The Reception at HERE, House/Divided at BAM), with original compositions by Obie Award winner Heather Christian (Animal Wisdom at The Bushwick Starr, The World is Round at BAM).   

Musical Theater Today Hosts Book Launch & Signing Featuring Georgia Stitt, Joe Iconis Photo Musical Theater Today Hosts Book Launch & Signing Featuring Georgia Stitt, Joe Iconis & More
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2019

The third volume of the anthology releases this evening! The publication will be celebrated with a party at The Pershing Square Signature Center and will feature book signings at 6:30PM by various contributors in the volume, including composer-lyricist Michael R. Jackson (A Strange Loop), director Stephen Brackett (Be More Chill), composer-lyricist Timothy Huang (American Morning), composer-lyricist Peter Mills (The Hello Girls), and Cara Loelle Reichel (Producing Artistic Director, Prospect Theater Company).

BE MORE CHILL Cast Recording is Now Available For Pre-Order Photo BE MORE CHILL Cast Recording is Now Available For Pre-Order
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2019

Be More Chill: Original Broadway Cast Recording will be released for digital download and streaming on Friday, May 3. This new album completes a remarkable full-circle journey for Be More Chill, as the original recording from Ghostlight (which has now been streamed over 300 million times to date) helped propel the show from Two River Theater to a viral Broadway hit. CD and vinyl releases are planned for later this year. Starting today, Friday, April 26, customers who pre-order the digital album will immediately receive a download of the single "More Than Survive." The album is produced by Kurt Deutsch, Joe Iconis, and Charlie Rosen, and co-produced by Ian Kagey and Emily Marshall. To pre-order or pre-save the album, please visit ghostlightrecords.lnk.to/bemorechillbroadway

VIDEO: Watch Chris McCarrell Perform From THE LIGHTNING THIEF Musical Photo VIDEO: Watch Chris McCarrell Perform From THE LIGHTNING THIEF Musical
by Stage Tube - Apr 25, 2019

Watch in the clip below as Chris McCarrell performs from THE LIGHTNING THIEF Musical!

BWW Review: THE LIGHTNING THIEF at the 5th Ave is Fun and Frothy ... If You're Twelve Photo BWW Review: THE LIGHTNING THIEF at the 5th Ave is Fun and Frothy ... If You're Twelve
by Jay Irwin - Apr 24, 2019

Dear Readers, I am not the intended audience for 'The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical', currently playing at the 5th Avenue Theatre, and if you're over the age of twelve and a musical theater aficionado like me, I suspect it's not for you either. However, if you are indeed a pre-teen or younger or a parent looking for something to thrill your kids or maybe even give them an introduction to theater, this may be perfect for you. Because of that, we're going to have two reviews in one here. One to point out why I think it appealed to kids and one to explain why I couldn't leave the theater fast enough.

THE PROM, AIN'T TOO PROUD, BEETLEJUICE & More Earn Drama League Awards Nominations! Photo THE PROM, AIN'T TOO PROUD, BEETLEJUICE & More Earn Drama League Awards Nominations!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2019

The Drama League (Gabriel Stelian-Shanks, Executive Artistic Director) today announced the 2019 Drama League Awards Nominees for Outstanding Production of a Play, Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Production of a Musical, Outstanding Revival of a Musical, and the much-coveted Distinguished Performance Award. The nominations were announced this morning by the current stars of Waitress, Shoshana Bean and Jeremy Jordan, at the official announcement event at Sardi's Restaurant, which was streamed live online here at BroadwayWorld.

Ethan Slater, Javier Munoz, Lena Hall & More Will Lead REEFER MADNESS Reading Photo Ethan Slater, Javier Munoz, Lena Hall & More Will Lead REEFER MADNESS Reading
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2019

David Carpenter, John Arthur Pinckard, Christian Campbell, and America Olivo will present a private, industry only reading of the musical Reefer Madness The Musical on Thursday, April 18, 2019.

MUSICAL THEATER TODAY VOLUME 3 to Feature Georgia Stitt, Joe Iconis & More Photo MUSICAL THEATER TODAY VOLUME 3 to Feature Georgia Stitt, Joe Iconis & More
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2019

The third volume of the anthology will release on Monday, April 29th. The publication will be celebrated with a party at The Pershing Square Signature Center and will feature book signings at 6:30PM by various contributors in the volume, including composer-lyricist Michael R. Jackson (A Strange Loop), director Stephen Brackett (Be More Chill), choreographer Raja Feather Kelly (A Strange Loop), composer-lyricist Peter Mills (The Hello Girls), and Cara Loelle Reichel (Producing Artistic Director, Prospect Theater Company).

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