How To Be More Chill explores how the extraordinary musical Be More Chill arrived on Broadway in Spring 2019 with unprecedented momentum. Hosted by Ilana Levine of Little Known Facts and Sam Maher of YesBroadway, the podcast centers around deep-dive interviews with the show’s creators and cast members as they give you the behind-the-scenes scoop on how the show entered the international pop culture zeitgeist on such a massive scale and how the impact of the show’s fandom brought the show to Broadway. Good luck being chill about this podcast - Sam and Ilana definitely aren’t!
Sam and Ilana sit down with Broadway leading man Will Roland and were mesmerized as he shared his history as a member of the Joe Iconis Family and how the role of Jeremy in Be More Chill came his way. From the day he first encountered Joe Iconis when he was still a student at NYU to Dear Evan Hansen to the Off-Broadway run of Be More Chill, Will shares never-before-heard stories and revelations from behind the scenes that will make your heart explode with joy!
Be More Chill producer Jennifer Ashley Tepper takes Sam and Ilana on a journey that starts with how she met Joe Iconis through all the behind-the-scenes schemes and plans to share this brilliant musical with the world. Go on a deep dive into some of the new and unique perspectives Jen has on the industry as a young producer who does an excellent job of balancing old school and new school approaches to producing a Broadway musical. In the words of Joe Iconis, who gives us the fan testimonial for this episode: “Jen Tepper Forever!”
Be More Chill star George Salazar walks Sam and Ilana through the experience of coming on board for the original workshop presentation of Be More Chill and then the world premiere production at Two River Theater in New Jersey and its sold-out run Off-Broadway in Summer 2018. George also dives deep into the Be More Chill's incredible fandom and how they played such a huge part in getting the show to Broadway. Fair warning: get a giant box of tissues ready...
In this inaugural episode, Sam and Ilana interview composer/lyricist Joe Iconis as he walks us through the origins of the Be More Chill journey - all the way from the nexus of the idea of writing the musical leading up to to the opening night of the world premiere at Two River Theater in Red Bank, New Jersey and then the making of the triumphant original cast recording of the show.
March 9, 2019
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