In Broadway, you’re as good as your opening week. In its first week on Broadway, Be More Chill has set a new record at The Lyceum Theatre. With a gross of $738,383.50, Be More Chill breaks the house record for a seven-performance week. The previous record was held by the 2008 production of Macbeth starring Patrick Stewart, which grossed $584,033.
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This is particularly great news for this particular show. The sci-fi-ish romp, about an anxious high schooler trying to become popular, is a bona fide viral sensation among adolescents. 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.
What also makes the first-week previews so successful, is the fact it’s not really the normal targeted Broadway audience. The success of Be More Chill will be from the young crowd and the older generations embracing something different.
Be More Chill features music and lyrics by Joe Iconis (NBC’s Smash, The Black Suits, Broadway Bounty Hunter) and a book by Joe Tracz (The Lightning Thief, Netflix’s Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events) based on the cult sensation novel by Ned Vizzini. Stephen Brackett (Buyer & Cellar) directs and Chase Brock (HBO’s Last Week Tonight, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark) choreographs.
Be More Chill began previews Feb. 13 and officially opens March 10.