The Two River Theater Company has attracted lots of attention from Broadway and off-Broadway actors, directors, playwrights, set, lighting and costume designers who have worked there.
Now “Be More Chill,” a pop-rock musical first produced by the Red Bank-based theater that commissioned and produced in 2015, is attracting world-wide attention for going to NYC.
Why? Well, asNYTimes article, three years after the cast album was released it passed 100 million streams in the United States.
“This, of course, is nowhere near the 2.3 billion clocked by ‘Hamilton,’ but just under half of the streams for the vastly more established ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ (211 million), and a lot more than another teen-oriented show, ‘Heathers: The Musical’ (23.4 million), which ran off-Broadway and has had numerous regional productions,” she wrote.
And, she added, when Joe Iconis, and co-star, George Salazar appeared at Feinstein’s/54 Below this month, fans flew in from Paris, Berlin and London. A Father-of-the-Year nominee drove his daughter from Michigan to attend, she noted.
“Be More Chill” starts previews July 26 at the Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 West 42nd St. Tickets: (212) 244-7529.
The producer is Gerald Goehrinon, whose credits include “A Christmas Story: The Musical.”
It will be only the second professional production of the musical based on a Ned Vizzini novel (2004) with songs by Joe Iconis and book by Joe Tracz. It tells the story of high school junior Jeremy who ingests a pill-size supercomputer that makes him cooler.
TRTC ‘s Artistic Director John Dias has been a leading advocate for bold new American plays. Managing Director Michael Hurst launched the theater’s first commissioning program for original plays. Before they joined the staff, 2010 and 2011 respectively, the company mostly staged classic European and American classics. Musicals were rare.
The nonprofit regional theater company is celebrating its 25th anniversary season 2018-2019.