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!
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 incredible survival jobs to pay the rent, but it was her star turn in SpongeBob SquarePants on Broadway and now Be More Chill that has allowed her to share her singular voice with us. Stephanie also shared her excitement about her role on the Emmy award winning show The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and how she managed to do both a tv show and a Broadway show at the same time. As a young girl her role models were Lucy Liu and Sandra Oh and now she is a role model for so many young women. Stephanie Hsu, let’s do this!
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 in Hawaii and starring in Les Misérables at 10, to his life as a soap opera star, to how the fans of Be More Chill have filled his heart and his life with so much joy, Jason’s raw honesty and his commitment to the work is so inspiring…but: so is the story he shared about the thing that Will Roland did on stage one night that made him burst into laughter! Jason Tam, let’s do this.
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 Be More Chill, and her favorite moments from BMC 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0. Sam and Ilana are heart eyes emoji times a billion for the great Lauren Marcus!