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The Reviews for BE MORE CHILL are In…

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The reviews for Be More Chill are in, and the critics are split. Is this the musical that finally speaks the truth of the tween experience? Some say so, celebrating the combination of pop-inspired music, highly emotive acting, and a frenetic, over-sugared energy that all reflect the life and tastes of modern high school kids (at least those outside the “cool” circle). Others deride the musical’s … well, everything. If there’s one thing the critics agree on, it’s that Be More Chill is what it is from head to toe. If you don’t like the broad, emotive acting style, you won’t like the mashed-up design. If you don’t like the hyped-up pace, you won’t like the rhyming lyrics. Be More Chill is relentless in its commitment to putting the tweens it’s designed to please in the spotlight, so if that’s something you’re interested in experiencing – get to the Lyceum.

NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF BE MORE CHILL

Adapted by Joe Iconis (songs) and Joe Tracz (book) from Ned Vizzini’s appealing young adult novel, “Be More Chill” has already broken the Lyceum house record for a single week of ticket sales. If it sustains that momentum, it will be partly because this latest entry in the puberty musical sweepstakes has traits…

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DEADLINE REVIEW OF BE MORE CHILL

To quote a song from the tenacious – and tenaciously enjoyable – Be More Chill, the Joe Iconis-Joe Tracz musical arrives on Broadway with just enough of an “upgrade” from last summer’s Off Broadway staging to fill its new home and the greater expectations that come with the move. The costumes, the scenic…

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VARIETY REVIEW OF BE MORE CHILL

That same energetic cast is on board for this fresh Broadway run of “Be More Chill.” The musical’s storyline is driven by the friendship of dweebs Jeremy (Will Roland) and Michael (George Salazar), and the lengths that Jeremy will go to eschew loserhood and finally get the girl, Christine (Stephanie Hsu). That…

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HOLLYWOOD REPORTER REVIEW OF BE MORE CHILL

Be More Chill doesn’t benefit from a repeat viewing for anyone who’s already gone through adolescence. Iconis’ pop/rock score, augmented for its Broadway debut with an additional, inconsequential song, “Sync Up,” is catchy enough. It features some fun, upbeat numbers, including the title tune and “Upgrade,”…

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ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY REVIEW OF BE MORE CHILL

It’s fine that the show’s arc is predictable — frankly, it’d be far less interesting if Jeremy took the Squip and his life was perfect, the end. The problem is that those stakes still never feel high enough, and the show is the exact opposite of chill throughout. Everything bursts with a relentless OMG-level of…

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