Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz's musical ''Be More Chill'' is a little show that could. After playing 28 performances at Two River Theater in Red Bank, New Jersey, in 2015, this adaptation of Ned Vizzini's young-adult novel seemed to have disappeared. But thanks to the Ghostlight Records cast recording, listeners began discovering it. Amassing a major fan base, ''Be More Chill'' became the second-most-talked-about musical on Tumblr in 2017 (after ''Hamilton'' and before ''Dear Evan Hansen''), and is now making it's off-Broadway debut at the Pershing Square Signature Center.
But how did they get there? In the first episode of our new five-part series about the creation of ''Be More Chill'', writers Iconis and Tracz, director Stephen Brackett, stars Stephanie Hsu and George Salazar, and producers Gerald Goehring and Jennifer Ashley Tepper discuss the miraculous resurgence of this cult-favorite musical, and why it resonates with just about everyone.