”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’
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
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’
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Nonprofit theaters around the country have been adding value to their brand for years with such things as pre- and-post-performance talks. Two River Theater in Red Bank (NJ) has really thrown itself into building a community by offering lots of free audience-pleasing events other than a 6-play season.
On Monday (May 11) the regional theater, under the artistic direction of John Dias, announces its 2015-’16 season. But instead of sending out a press release to local media, the public is invited to reserve a free ticket in the 399-seat main stage space and hear what’s on the schedule from the directors, artistic staff, and actors who will be part of the season. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the event is followed by a reception.