Be More Chill is to run in London’s West End this summer for a limited season.
The hit musical, based on the novel of the same name by Ned Vizzini, had been running at The Other Palace last year prior to the theatre shutdown.
The show will return to London for a limited season at the Shaftesbury Theatre between 30 June and 5 September ahead of & Juliet’s return later in September.
The cast will feature Blake Patrick Anderson (Michael Mell), Miracle Chance (Christine Canigula), Stewart Clarke (The Squip), Eloise Davies (Brooke Lohst), Scott Folan (Jeremy Heere), Christopher Fry (Mr Heere, Mr Reyes and others), James Hameed (Rich Goranski), Millie O’Connell (Chloe Valentine) and Miles Paloma (Jake Dillinger).
They’re joined by understudies Gabriel Hinchcliffe, Eve Norris and Jon Tsouras
Featuring music and lyrics by Joe Iconis and a book by Joe Tracz, the show previously ran on Broadway in 2019 having first premiered in 2015.
The show is directed by Stephen Brackett with choreographer Chase Brock, set designer Beowulf Boritt, costume designer Bobby Frederick Tilley, wig designer David Bova, lighting designer Tyler Micoleau, sound designer Ryan Rumery and projection designer Alex Basco Koch. Gavin Mitford is the associate director with musical supervision and orchestrations by Charlie Rosen, music vocal arrangements by Emily Marshall and UK casting by Will Burton.
A synopsis for Be More Chill reads:
What if popularity came in a pill? Would you take it, no questions asked? In Be More Chill, achieving that elusive “perfect life” is now possible thanks to some mysterious new technology-but it comes at a cost that’s not as easy to swallow. What could possibly go wrong?
Blending the contemporary with retro sci-fi, this thrillingly exciting, comically subversive, and deeply felt new musical takes on the competing voices in all of our heads. And ultimately proves, there’s never been a better time in history to be yourself-especially if you’re a loser…geek…or whatever.