‘Be More Chill’ event just one way to introduce students to theater

The oriiginal Broadway cast of "Be More Chill." (PHOTO: Maria Baranova)
The oriiginal Broadway cast of “Be More Chill.” (PHOTO: Maria Baranova)

More than 2,000 NY City public school students will be the envy of students around the world (and maybe some adults, too) when they attend a behind-the-scenes look at the new Broadway musical “Be More Chill” on May 30.

Creating the Magic, a NYC arts education nonprofit, partners with Broadway productions offering students

from across the city an opportunity to experience a show’s inner workings.

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The 70-minute program will be presented twice to students from Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, and Manhattan at the Lyceum Theatre, 149 W. 45th St. at 11 a.m. and 1:45 p.m.

Students will see set, lighting, sound, and prop demonstrations, musical performances from the cast, and a Q&A session.

The musical, featuring a score by Tony nominee Joe Iconis and a book by Joe Tracz, plays the Lyceum Theatre. Directed by Stephen Brackett and based on the novel by Ned Vizzini, Be More Chill tells the story of Jeremy Heere, an awkward high schooler who succumbs to the influence of the Squip, a pill-shaped supercomputer purported to make its user more chill.

Joe Iconis has the New York Times seal of approval. He wrote the music and lyrics for the hit show “Be More Chill.” (PHOTO:Gretchen Van Benthuysen)

The show first was produced in 2015 at the Two River Theater in Red Bank, N.J. The release of a cast album resulted in more than 170 million streams (and counting). Tumblr ranked it the second most talked about musical after “Hamilton.”

That caught the attention of producers.

In 2018 the musical began performances at the Irene Diamond Stage at the Pershing Square Signature Center in Manhattan.

Previews at Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre began Feb. 13, 2019 and opened March 10.  The Broadway transfer is estimated to cost $9.5 million according to lead producer Jerry Goehring.

Directed by Stephen Brackett and based on the novel by Ned Vizzini, “Be More Chill tells the story of Jeremy Heere, an awkward high schooler who succumbs to the influence of the Squip, a pill-shaped supercomputer purported to make its user more chill.

Creating the Magic previously has partnered with “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Wicked,” “Cats,” “Finding Neverland,” “Chicago,” “Momma, Mia!” and “The Band’s Visit.”

On October 20, 2018, four months before the show opened on Broadway, it was announced that Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps Entertainment and Greg Berlanti’s Berlanti Productions would partner to produce a film adaptation of the musical.