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The cast for the forthcoming West End transfer of Be More Chill, the Tony Award-nominated smash hit Broadway musical, has been announced.
The role of Jeremy Heere will be portrayed by Scott Folan, whose recent credits include Mother Of Him at Park Theatre and Damned By Despair at the National Theatre. The role of Michael Mell will be played by Blake Patrick Anderson, who recently starred as Straight Dave in the Pet Shop Boys’ Closer To Heaven.
Renee Lamb and Millie O’Connell, who both recently started in Six: The Musical, are also set to appear in Be More Chill. Renee played Catherine Of Aragon in the popular Arts Theatre production, whilst Millie played Anne Boleyn.
Also announced for the West End transfer of Be More Chill are Miracle Chance as Christine Canigula, Stewart Clarke as The Squip, Eloise Davies as Brooke Lohst, James Hameed as Rich Goranski, Miles Paloma as Jake Dillinger, Christopher Fry as Mr Heere and Mr Reyes and Eve Norris (swing).
More cast members will be announced soon.
The forthcoming production will make its London debut at The Other Palace on 12 February 2020, running until 3 May 2020.
Be More Chill is based on the novel of the same name, authored by acclaimed writer Ned Vizzini. The show is centred around the love triangle between a boy, a girl and the supercomputer inside the boy’s brain.
Featuring original music and lyrics by Joe Iconis and a book by Joe Tracz, Be More Chill has become an international sensation. Millions of people have streamed tracks from the original cast recording since its release in 2015, and from the original Broadway cast recording released earlier this year.
Tracks from the show have been streamed over 320 million times in total and earlier this year the Broadway cast appeared as special guests on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series.
The songbook includes the tracks More Than Survive, Be More Chill and the huge fan favourite Michael In The Bathroom.
The musical originally premiered in New Jersey in 2015. After a grassroots fanbase discovered the show and began streaming its tracks in record amounts, the creators of Be More Chill decided to revive the show for an off-Broadway production in 2017, before transferring to Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre in 2019.
Critically acclaimed, the Broadway production received a nod at the latest Tony Awards for Best Original Score, and there is currently a film adaptation of the hit in production.
Stephen Brackett, who directed the Broadway and off-Broadway productions of Be More Chill will direct the forthcoming London adaptation.
Tickets to see Be More Chill at The Other Palace, London are available now through Ticketmaster.co.uk