The rather tepid reviews from critics did nothing to deter the online community of fans that have come together to make this show a hit. And the hype continues to snowball as Be More Chill transfers to London's The Other Palace Theatre for a run in 2020.
Following in the footsteps of gawky teen musical Dear Evan Hansen, it's a story of an adolescent outcast negotiating high-school hierarchies and surging hormones. But there's a sci-fi twist, as this particular nerdy hero takes a pill that triggers a supercomputer inside his head. The tech is supposed to help him decode the art of fitting in, but this device has world domination in its sights.
Joe Tracz (book) and Joe Iconis (songs) have adapted the show from Ned Vizzini's 2004 Young Adult novel, Be More Chill. Thanks to the online hype, catchy new songs such as More than Survive and Michael in the Bathroom have already be streamed on Spotify and viewed on Youtube millions and millions of time.
If the reviewers from New York are to be believed, Be More Chill may be a little too loud, unsubtle and schmaltzy for many, but the army of online fans cannot be ignored. This is a show that galvanises younger audiences; it's the second most-discussed musical on Tumblr, behind Hamilton. So book now to see what all the fuss is about, and take the tweens and teens in your life, too.
|What||Be More Chill, The Other Palace Theatre|
|Where||The Other Palace Theatre, 12 Palace Street, London, SW1E 5JA | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Victoria (underground)|
12 Feb 20 – 03 May 20, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
|Website||Click here for more information and tickets|