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Last chance to catch delightful staging of ‘The Belle of Amherst’

“The Belle of Amherst” featuring Maureen Silliman as Emily Dickenson. (PHOTO:  T Charles Erickson)

The Two River Theater Company launched  two shows that landed on NYC stages so far this year. It’s a great way for the Red Bank-based regional theater to celebrate its 25 anniversary season.

TRT playwright-in-residence Madeleine George’s “Hurricane Diane” was staged at the New York Theatre Workshop earlier this season and “Be More Chill” opened last month at  the Lyceum Theatre on Broadway.

You might think TRT specializes in new work.

Wrong. The company also produces classic works, and this is the last week to check out “The Belle of Amherst,” based on Emily Dickinson’s life. It’s a loving revival of the one-woman show written by William Luce (he specialized in them, and wrote this one for Julie Harris, who premiered it on Broadway in 1976). Continue reading Last chance to catch delightful staging of ‘The Belle of Amherst’

Nominations for 2019 Tony Awards announced

 “Be More Chill” has been characterized as a “Cinderella” story. A world premiere at New Jersey’s Two River Theater (2015), cast album drops Oct. 31 earning more than 250 million streams. That caught producers’ interest.  It opened off-Broadway in the summer of 2018 and opened on Broadway March 10 (2019).  It’s about teens who take a “pill” to be cool.

“Hadestown” is a musical a 2016 adaptation of a 2010 folk opera based on the Greek myth of Orpheus descending to the underworld to rescue his fiancée Eurydice.

You’ve gotta admit, not your parents’ kind of musicals. Unless, of course, your parents are adventurous theater-goers looking for innovative, new work and a good time.. Continue reading Nominations for 2019 Tony Awards announced

2019 Tony Award nominations to be announced today

"Be More Chill" poster for Broadway.
“Be More Chill” poster for Broadway.

The 2019 Tony Award nominations are scheduled to be  announced at 8:30 a.m. today (April 30).

Broadway Bible Variety says Best Musical nominations are sure bets for the lush “Hadestown,” big-laughs crowd pleaser “Tootsie” and sentimental-fave underdog “The Prom

But with 11 new musicals this season will the fifth and final slot go to “The Cher Show” with experienced Broadway regulars, or the Cinderella-like, teen angst oriented “Be More Chill” that was born at the Two River Theater in Red Bank, N.J.? Continue reading 2019 Tony Award nominations to be announced today

‘Be More Chill’ has a sister in Joe Iconis’ new musical ‘Love In Hate Nation’

Two River Theater Company announced its 2019-2020 season, which includes a world premiere musical from Joe Iconis. (PHOTO: Gretchen Van Benthuysen)

”Be More Chill” fans rejoice!! Joe Iconis has a new show. It’s about teenagers. Bad girls, really bad girls, in fact, it takes place in a juvie hall in the 1960s. It’s called “Love In  Hate Nation.” Continue reading ‘Be More Chill’ has a sister in Joe Iconis’ new musical ‘Love In Hate Nation’

‘Be More Chill’ reveals Cyber Monday ticket deal for move to Broadway

Will Connolly (center) stars as Jeremy Heere in the world premiere of "Be More Chill" at Two River Theater in Red Bank, NJ. The company includes, from left: Paul Whitty, Gerard Canonico, Lauren Marcus, Katie Ladner, Stephanie Hsu, Jake Boyd and Katlyn Carlson. (PHOTO: T Charles Erickson Photography)
Will Connolly (center)  as Jeremy Heere in the world premiere of “Be More Chill” at Two River Theater in Red Bank, NJ. From left: Paul Whitty, Gerard Canonico, Lauren Marcus, Katie Ladner, Stephanie Hsu, Jake Boyd and Katlyn Carlson. (PHOTO: T Charles Erickson Photography)

Now that “Be More Chill” is Broadway bound,  the musical about teen angst today revealed new art, released new video and — for three days only —- is selling tickets at off-Broadway prices. Continue reading ‘Be More Chill’ reveals Cyber Monday ticket deal for move to Broadway

‘Songbird’ soars for fans of boot-stomping, honky-tonk version of ‘Seagull’

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A new honky-tonk musical based on an Anton Chekhov play is stomping the stage at the Two River Theater through July 1. 

Set in a small Nashville bar where whisky is a food group, music on the out-of-tune piano is more rhythm than melody and dead keys a must, plus the ability to dance the two-step is required, 10 real good friends and relatives are trying to sort out their lives — badly.  Continue reading ‘Songbird’ soars for fans of boot-stomping, honky-tonk version of ‘Seagull’

‘Be More Chill’ gets second staging at NYC’s Signature Theatre

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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. Continue reading ‘Be More Chill’ gets second staging at NYC’s Signature Theatre

Chill with Joe Iconis & Family at fundraiser for Two River Theater

Joe Iconis, an acclaimed New York City-based musical theater writer whose “Be More Chill”  premiered at Two River Theater Company in 2015, is returning to headline a fundraiser for the much-admired  regional theater in Red Bank, NJ.

“An Evening with Joe Iconis and Family” is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, May 19, and will benefit the Joan and Robert Rechnitz Theater, the 350-seat main stage space named after the theater’s founders.  All proceeds will support programs for the development of new musical theater. The company, which is scheduled to announce its 25th anniversary season on April 23,  also stages works in its 99-seat black box theater.

A combination of rock ‘n’ roll jamboree and musical cabaret, the evening  also includes classic tunes, new numbers, and works-in-progress written by Iconis. Continue reading Chill with Joe Iconis & Family at fundraiser for Two River Theater

‘Be More Chill’ speaks to teens about being cool, and its consequences

Will Connolly (center) stars as Jeremy Heere in the world premiere of "Be More Chill" at Two River Theater in Red Bank, NJ. The company includes, from left: Paul Whitty, Gerard Canonico, Lauren Marcus, Katie Ladner, Stephanie Hsu, Jake Boyd and Katlyn Carlson. (PHOTO: T Charles Erickson Photography)
Will Connolly (center) stars as Jeremy Heere in the world premiere of “Be More Chill” at Two River Theater in Red Bank, NJ. The company includes, from left: Paul Whitty, Gerard Canonico, Lauren Marcus, Katie Ladner, Stephanie Hsu, Jake Boyd and Katlyn Carlson. (PHOTO: T Charles Erickson Photography)

If you were in high school, knew you would never be a  cool kid, never get a date, always getting shoved into lockers and labeled a loser — would you take a pill that could reverse all of that?

Well, duh, of course!

In the world premiere of the dynamic new musical “Be More Chill” at the Two River Theater in Red Bank (NJ) through June 21, Jeremy Heere learns there is a way out of nerddom and grabs it with gusto.

Continue reading ‘Be More Chill’ speaks to teens about being cool, and its consequences

World premiere musical ‘Be More Chill’ opens tonight at Two River

 

For actor Gerard Canonico, hitting the sweet spot is all  about artistic collaboration and a new, edgy musical is the best way to achieve that goal.

Tonight he opens in the world premiere of “Be More Chill,” a new musical with music and lyrics by Joe Iconis and book by Joe Tracz being staged by the Two River Theater company in Red Bank, NJ

It’s based on the 2004 novel of the same name by Ned Vizzini about a high school student who considers himself a loser, is tormented by bullies, invisible to girls.  Then he learns about “squips”—a quantum computer in pill form that once ingested communicates with your brain. It could be his ticket to the high school hero highway.

Continue reading World premiere musical ‘Be More Chill’ opens tonight at Two River