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“BE MORE CHILL” ON BROADWAY

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>>> A BELOVED SHOW IS ABOUT TO
GET AN UPGRADE.
THE POP ROCK MUSICAL "BE MORE
CHILL" IS MOVING TO BROADWAY
THIS MONTH.
I VISITED NEW YORK CITY'S
SIGNATURE THEATER LATE LAST YEAR
DURING THE SOLDOUT BROADWAY RUN
TO SEE WHY FANS LOVE THE SHOW.
FOR FANS OF THE MUSICAL, THE
ANNOUNCEMENT OF AN OFF BROADWAY
RUN AT NEW YORK CITY'S SIGNATURE
THEATER WAS A DREAM COME TRUE.
THAT'S BECAUSE WHILE COUNTLESS
YOUNG FANS HAVE OBSESSED OVER
THE SHOW'S SCORE, CHARACTERS AND
MESSAGE, FEW HAVE ACTUALLY SEEN
IT.
>> GOOD MORNING!
§ TIME TO START THE DAY §
>> THE POP ROCK MUSICAL BASED ON
A YOUNG ADULT NOVEL WITH THE
SAME TITLE HAD A LIMITED
FOUR-WEEK RUN AT NEW JERSEY'S
TWO RIVER THEATER BACK IN 2015.
MET WITH MILD REVIEWS, THE SHOW
WAS PERFORMED BY ONLY A COUPLE
DOZEN MOSTLY NONPROFESSIONAL
THEATER COMPANIES IN THE THREE
YEARS THAT FOLLOWED.
AWAY FROM THE FOOTLIGHTS A CULT
FOLLOWING BEGAN TO BUBBLE UP
ONLINE.
THE CATCHY ALBUM FROM THE TWO
RIVER THEATER'S PRODUCTION
INSPIRED FAN ART ACROSS SOCIAL
MEDIA PLATFORMS.
>> NONE OF US HAVE SEEN THE
SHOW.
>> WE'VE LISTENED TO THE CAST
ALBUM.
>> THERE'S A LOT OF INTERNET
CRAZE ABOUT THE SHOW, SO A LOT
OF US LISTEN TO THE SOUND TRACK
AND GET IN AN INSTAGRAM.
>> MY FRIEND TOLD ME BECAUSE
THERE WAS ART ON TUMBLR AND IT
GOT FAMOUS AND SPREAD LIKE
WILDFIRE.
>> THE "BE MORE CHILL" CAST
RECORDING HAS BEEN STREAMED MORE
THAN 160 MILLION TIMES.
WITH NO SURPRISE, THE OFF
BROADWAY RUN AT SIGNATURE
THEATER SOLD OUT BEFORE IT
OPENED, WAS EXTENDED BY A WEEK
AND THEN SOLD OUT AGAIN.
THE SHOW FOCUSES ON JEREMY WHO
JUST WANTS TO GET BY WITHOUT
BEING BULLIED AND MAYBE EVEN
CONNECT WITH HIS CRUSH
CHRISTINE.
IT'S A CLASSIC COMING OF AGE
TALE WITH DIALOGUE THAT FEELS
REALISTIC.
WHEN IT TAKES AN UNREALISTIC SCI
FI TURN, IT'S CARTOONY IN A WAY
THAT APPEALS TO YOUNG PEOPLE.
PROTAGONIST JEREMY TAKES WHAT IS
ESSENTIALLY A LITERAL CHILL PILL
CALLED A SQUIP, A SUPER QUANTUM
UNIT INTEL PROCESSOR.
IT IMPLANTS IN HIS BRAIN AND
TELLS HIM HOW TO ACT, WHICH
SOUNDS LIKE A DREAM COME TRUE
FOR A TEENAGE OUT CAST.
OF COURSE THINGS GO AWRY.
THE USUAL CHALLENGES OF HIGH
SCHOOL, HUMBLE SONGS AND
EYE-CATCHING COSTUMES AND "BE
MORE CHILL" IS A RECIPE FOR
MUSICAL THEATER FANDOM
NATIONWIDE.
HE AND HIS FAMILY FLEW IN FROM
CALIFORNIA TO SEE THE SHOW FOR
HIS 15th BIRTHDAY.
HOW EXCITED IS HE?
>> ON A SCALE FROM 1 TO 10, I
FEEL LIKE 15.
>> I BEGGED MY MOM THAT WE COULD
COME FOR MY BIRTHDAY.
WE ALL WORKED TOGETHER.
WE SOLD LIKE CAKES TO GET HERE.
THEY DID A LOT OF HELP, THOUGH.
THEY WORKED A LOT TO GET HERE
TOO.
IT'S A BIG THING AMONG THEATER
KIDS ESPECIALLY.
>> HELENA IS IN TOWN FROM
ILLINOIS SEEING THE SHOW FROM
HER MOM.
SHE'S ALSO A THEATER TEEN.
SHE CAME IN COSTUME PLAYING
MICHAEL JEREMY'S BEST FRIEND.
>> THE THING I LOVE ABOUT THE
SHOW, IT'S REALLY RELATABLE.
ME BEING A THEATER PERSON I LOVE
CHRISTINE BUT ALSO I'M KIND OF A
LITTLE BIT AWKWARD SOCIALLY OUT
CAST WHICH IS THE POINT OF THE
SHOW.
MICHAEL IN THE BATHROOM HITS
HOME.
§ MICHAEL IN THE BATHROOM §
§ MICHAEL IN THE BATHROOM AT A
PARTY §
>> THE SONG HITS HOME WITH A LOT
OF FANS.
A SEEMINGLY ENDLESS NUMBER OF
YOUTUBE VIDEOS HAVE BEEN MADE OF
THE FAN FAVORITE SONG.
IN FACT, THE SOCIAL MEDIA BUZZ
AROUND THE SONG IS PART OF WHAT
TIPPED OFF THE CREATORS THAT
THEIR SHOW MIGHT HAVE A WIDER
IMPACT THAN THEY ORIGINALLY
THOUGHT.
>> IT WAS REALLY A YEAR AGO,
SPRING 2017, AND I JUST STARTED
NOTICING ALL OF THIS SOCIAL
MEDIA EXCITEMENT ABOUT OUR SHOW.
AND IT SHOCKED ME AND IT SHOCKED
JOE AND GEORGE SALAZAR.
IT WAS SORT OF LIKE THE GATEWAY
DRUG FOR PEOPLE TO "BE MORE
CHILL."
IT'S REMARKABLE.
>> AFTER PERFORMANCES AUDIENCE
MEMBERS GATHER IN THE LOBBY TO
GREET THE CAST.
HELENA GETS THE OPPORTUNITY TO
MEET GEORGE SALAZAR WHO PLAYS
THE ROLE MICHAEL ON STAGE.
THE EXPERIENCE HAS BEEN SURREAL
FOR SALAZAR WHO'S BEEN THRUST
INTO THE ROLE OF TEEN ICON.
BUT ALSO UPLIFTING.
>> WHAT I LOVE MOST ABOUT THIS
IS LESS OF LIKE THE SCREAMING.
I'M NOT A BIG FAN OF THE
SCREAMING.
IT'S HEARING PERSONAL STORIES
FROM KIDS WHO IMPRESS ME SO MUCH
WITH HOW WELL THEY KNOW
THEMSELVES.
IT'S REALLY SPECIAL TO WATCH
YOUNG PEOPLE BELIEVE IN
THEMSELVES AND JUST GO FORTH
WITH PRIDE IN WHO THEY ARE.
>> SALAZAR AND OTHERS IN THE
SHOW ARE PLEASED TO BE PART OF A
PROJECT WITH A DIVERSE CAST AND
A MESSAGE OF VALUING
INDIVIDUALITY AND THINKING FOR
ONESELF.
>> TO NOW BE ON THE OPPOSITE
SOMEHOW PLAYING A TEENAGER, TO
BE HERE AND TO BE ABLE TO TELL A
STORY THAT YOUNG PEOPLE ARE
RELATING TO, I CANNOT STRESS
THIS ENOUGH.
IT IS A DREAM COME TRUE.
>> NOW THAT DREAM IS BROADWAY
BOUND.
FOR THOSE WHO COULDN'T SNAG A
TICKET FOR THE OFF BROADWAY RUN
WON'T HAVE TO GO BACK TO RELYING
ON DETAILS FROM THE INTERNET.
"BE MORE CHILL" IS SET TO BEGIN
PERFORMANCES IN THE LYCEUM
THEATER ON FEBRUARY 13th.


URL: https://www.thirteen.org/metrofocus/2019/02/be-more-chill-on-broadway/