Be More Chill: The Upgrade

Be More Chill: The Upgrade

6 Episodes

Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz's musical ''Be More Chill'' is a little show that could. After playing 28 performances at Two River Theater in Red Bank, New Jersey, in 2015, this adaptation of Ned Vizzini's young-adult novel seemed to have disappeared. But thanks to the Ghostlight Records cast recording, listeners began discovering it. Amassing a major fan base, ''Be More Chill'' became the second-most-talked-about musical on Tumblr in 2017 (after ''Hamilton'' and before ''Dear Evan Hansen'').

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Be More Chill: The Upgrade
  • How Did We Get Here?

    Episode 1

    Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz's musical ''Be More Chill'' is a little show that could. After playing 28 performances at Two River Theater in Red Bank, New Jersey, in 2015, this adaptation of Ned Vizzini's young-adult novel seemed to have disappeared. But thanks to the Ghostlight Records cast recording...

  • I Love Play Rehearsal

    Episode 2

    Two weeks before Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz's musical ''Be More Chill'' began performances at the Pershing Square Signature Center, the production invited the Broadway press corps to an open rehearsal where the company presented several musical numbers.

    But what is the rehearsal process really li...

  • The Sitzprobe

    Episode 3

    The sitzprobe is a landmark day in the rehearsal process of a musical. Usually late in the rehearsal period, the sitzprobe is the first time that the cast and orchestra come together to perform the score. It's an enlightening day all around: The cast gets to hear what their band will sound like, ...

  • Everything Is Going to Be Wonderful

    Episode 4

    Tech is the period when the cast and creative team of a show leave the rehearsal room and head into the theater. It's an arduous process, as choreography is adjusted, sets come together, costumes are fitted, and the company begins performing with the band for the first time.

    When tech is finishe...

  • And All That Followed

    Episode 5

    At long last, ''Be More Chill'' celebrated its off-Broadway opening night. The cast and creative team toasted their success with another milestone: After selling out their entire initial run, they sold out their extension in just nine hours. But is off-Broadway the end of the road? Will Roland, G...

  • Bonus - Be More Chill Choreography

    Episode 6