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Based on the cult sensation novel by Ned Vizzini, and featuring music and lyrics by Joe Iconis, and a book by Joe Tracz, Be More Chill is the story of Jeremy Heere, your average, nothing-special teenager at Middleborough High in nothing-special New Jersey. That is, until the day he finds out about "The Squip." Thus begins a journey that pits Jeremy's desire to be popular against his struggle to remain true to his authentic self. Be More Chill is an honest, edgy, super-hilarious look at coming of age in the digital age, set to some of the most exciting songs in contemporary musical theater.
This original musical comedy looks at modern issues like depression, bullying, and anxiety through the lens of sci-fi films of the 50s, horror flicks of the 80s, and teen movies of the 90s. Little Shop of Horrors meets The Breakfast Club in this celebration of outcasts, teenaged or otherwise. Be More Chill has been an organic sensation, amassing an unprecedented following across various online platforms, with millions of fans from Brazil to Japan to New Jersey sharing fan art, streaming the album, and talking about the show. This has propelled the musical to chart-topping success and a long awaited Off Broadway debut in New York City in the summer of 2018.
The cast recording has racked up over 110 million streams – making it one of the most streamed musical theater albums in history – and is one of the only shows to enter the Billboard Top Broadway Chart's Top 10 prior to a New York run. In 2017, Tumblr ranked Be More Chill as the No. 2 most talked-about musical on their platform, following Hamilton. The double gatefold colored 2LP package features completely new illustrative designs and a 16-page booklet with lyrics, production photos, a liner note from Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray), and a new liner note from Joe Iconis.