How To Be More Chill

How To Be More Chill

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!... Show More

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May 19, 2020 62 min
When Miracle Change got the call that she had an audition for the London production of Be More Chill, she was performing as Columbia in The Rocky Horror Picture Show in Edinburgh. In order to make it to her three auditions she had to take a 5 hour train and then fly back each night in order to make it back in time for the show. It was that kind of commitment that landed her the role of Christine Canigula, a part that Miracle found ...
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May 4, 2020 65 min
In the first ever live episode (video on Broadway Podcast Network's YouTube channel!) of How To Be More Chill, Sam and Ilana talk to Scott Folan. Scott is a child actor-turned-adult actor and singer/songwriter, but to us he will always be Jeremy Heere in the London production of Be More Chill. Scott's incredible gifts as a performer are matched by his honesty about the process of taking on the role of Jeremy. You will love ...
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February 6, 2020 64 min
Gerard Canonico joins Sam and Ilana to chat about how the character of Rich evolved from Be More Chill's first workshop to Broadway, his joy and love of being part of Iconis and Family, and how being a child actor impacted his life in such amazing ways, and….how he balances his love of  being a musician with his love of  being an actor. Gerard Canonico, let’s do this! Part of the Broadway Podcast Network.
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December 11, 2019 79 min
Oh, this is a GOOD one that we've been waiting a long time for. Besides being the director of so many of your favorite musicals fo the past decade, Stephen Brackett is the Godfather of the Be More Chill, being at its helm from extremely early on its development. Less than 48 hours after the London cast was announced, Stephen gives Sam and Ilana the inside scoop on who was cast as Jeremy, Christine, Michael, and the Squip. Enjoy...
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November 14, 2019 61 min
Mike Rosengarten was the guitarist for the viral smash hit musical Be More Chill all the way from the world premiere production at Two River Theater through the show's Broadway run, so you can imagine that he has the most incredible behind-the-scenes stories from every incarnation of the show. Be More Chill was the beginning of working with the Joe Iconis "family" and his story of the first time he heard and played "...
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October 28, 2019 61 min
Broadway swing Morgan Siobhan Green sat down with Sam and Ilana and shares stories from her Be More Chill journey and gives a thrilling and fascinating description of what it’s like being a cover for multiple characters and getting the call saying “you’re on"! Also, have tissues ready because Sam and Ilana couldn’t keep it together when Morgan talked about seeing all the faces of young people of color waiting for her at the sta...
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July 31, 2019 49 min
Stephanie Hsu studied experimental theater in college and always thought she would create non-commercial work that expressed her point of view and helped to shine a light on the issues and ideas she cares deeply about. In this episode, she explains to Sam and Ilana how Be More Chill and her role as Christine Cannigula ended up being the perfect job for her ideals and her passions and her talent. Over the years she has had some incr...
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June 27, 2019 72 min
Ilana and Sam sit down with Broadway’s SQUIP himself, Jason Tam! Fun fact: Jason was the very first actor to ever record the song "Michael In The Bathroom." Find out why and how in this episode along with all the ways he approached the role, the freedom he was given to create the character both physically and emotionally, and what it is like to be a part of the ensemble of talented “ Iconis Family“ members. From growing up ...
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June 16, 2019 83 min
Lauren Marcus shines as Brooke in Be More Chill. She also happens to be married to Joe Iconis and she also happened to go to the 2019 Tony Awards. In this episode, Lauren takes us behind the scenes of an 8-show week on Broadway followed by a car ride to Radio City for an epic adventure you’ll remember for the rest of your life! Lauren is hilarious and inspiring as she spills the tea on her romance with Joe, her first encounter with...
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May 27, 2019 64 min
In this very special episode, Sam and Ilana sit down with Be More Chill book writer Joe Tracz. From growing up in Detroit and seeing Broadway national tours to working in a Borders bookstore and getting to know the YA literary scene, Joe tells us about how he cames on board the project and combined his television and film writing experience with his passion for musical theater. From Two River Theater to Off-Broadway to Broadway, Jo...
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April 28, 2019 65 min
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...
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April 3, 2019 75 min
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. ...
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March 25, 2019 99 min
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...
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March 9, 2019 76 min
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. Part of the Broadway Podcast Network.
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