Be More Chill is finally coming to Broadway, and fans couldn’t be more excited.
The upcoming musical is an adaptation of classic YA author Ned Vizzini‘s novel of the same name—though you may be more familiar with the author than the book. Vizzini’s 2006 release It’s Kind of a Funny Story became a cult-classic YA bildungsroman, depicting mental illness with rare honesty and vulnerability. While mental health is now a more approachable topic in YA fiction, the novel’s earnest portrayal of a promising-but-depressed teenager’s life on a psychiatric ward earned Vizzini a devoted following. In 2010, the novel received a successful film adaptation, starring household names Emma Roberts and Zach Galifianakis. Despite Vizzini’s untimely and tragic death in 2013, the legacy of his work continues to grow.
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Published in 2003, Vizzini’s Be More Chill is a lesser-known but much-loved novel that’s sure to recieve a little more love with a new generation of fans. The musical’s Broadway run will begin on March 10, 2019.
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Jeremy Heere is your average high school dork. Day after day, he stares at beautiful Christine, the girl he can never have, and dryly notes the small humiliations that come his way. Until the day he learns about the “squip.” A pill-sized supercomputer that you swallow, the squip is guaranteed to bring you whatever you most desire in life. By instructing him on everything from what to wear, to how to talk and walk, the squip transforms Jeremy from Supergeek to superchic. Now an off-Broadway musical!
The musical adaptation, brainchild of Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz, debuted in 2015 to little fanfare in a New Jersey suburb. By 2019, the original cast recording has been streamed more than 200 million times. According to Tumblr data, it’s the second most-hyped musical after Hamilton, an international fan favorite. In summer 2018, the show came to NYC for a limited off-Broadway run in wake of the massive Internet hype. Almost instantly, it sold out.
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Joe Iconis admits he doesn’t know the reason for the show’s unexpected success. “We were the best selling album of a musical that never had a run in New York,” he noted, stressing the incredible achievement of Be More Chill.
Even if fans don’t have the money to shell out for a Broadway ticket, there’s good news for those of us without a couple hundred bucks to spare. Now a viral sensation, Be More Chill will also recieve its own film adaptation… over fifteen years after its publication! While a distributor has not yet been chosen, fans will be eagerly awaiting more information.
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