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!
On this week’s show, Rob and Jamie are joined at Orso Restaurant by actor, fellow podcaster, and all around fabulous human Ilana Levine. Together, they talk about Ilana’s performance in Richard Greenberg’s “The Perplexed” at Manhattan Theatre Club (MTC), her experience doing the 1999 revival of “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown”, and her extraordinary podcast, “Little Known Facts”. Later on, Rob talks about the history of MTC.
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!