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 to be very close to her heart. Find out what Joe Iconis said to Miracle that was the key to understanding the role, what scared her the most about her big entrance, why she loved singing “ I Love Play Rehearsal “ night after night and why the Be More Chill fans are some of the most special people in the world in this episode of How To Be More Chill. Miracle Chance, let’s do this!
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 hearing about how he used the incredible fan art of the show’s previous productions to begin his research and how the fans supported him in unprecedented ways during the London run. Be More Chill was one of the many shows across the globe shut down early during the Spring 2020 global COVID pandemic and Scott admits there may be some cheese sitting in his dressing room among all his other belongings he has not yet picked up from The Other Palace. Scott Folan: let’s do this!
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!
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 every morsel of this delicious episode full of goodies that made Sam and Ilana’s jaw drop for about an hour straight while recording it!
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 “Michael In The Bathroom” will make you cry, so get your tissues now. It won’t be long until this episode until you realize what Sam and Ilana figured while recording it: Mike is brilliant, hilarious, and truly one of the nicest humans on the planet. Oh…and did you know that that Mike built his own Be More Chill guitar? Yes, built. his. own. guitar. HIMSELF. Guitarist extraordinary Mike Rosengarten, let’s do this!
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 stage door and the power of that moment. Morgan is a great champion of the idea that diversity must continue to be front and center on Broadway, in the theater at large, and everywhere. Morgan Siobhan Green, let’s do this!