The story is a foolish assemble a few supercomputer in capsule kind, known as a “Squip,” that offers you the power to extend your reputation (therefore the title Be Extra Chill). Set in highschool, the story revolves across the traditional teen drama of geeks and funky children, reputation, loyalty, and love — with a lot of the motion occurring in tune and dance.
And that’s what makes it particular: The Denver solid harmonizes splendidly collectively and takes the stage with the exuberance and power of precise highschool college students.
The outline of the play gives the look that is some type of sci-fi farce, however this isn’t a musical “Star Trek” – it’s nearer to a contemporary, fashionable tackle “Grease.” The story strikes alongside shortly, organising the plot in brief order so the main focus can stay on the songs — the place it belongs. Your entire solid has sturdy voices, so whether or not they’re singing solo or as a gaggle, it’s a pleasure to observe and hear.
Cody Schmitt, who performs fundamental character Jeremy, is in practically each scene and does a powerful job of bringing which means to his struggles attempting to slot in and discover love in highschool. The songs alternate between humorous and heartfelt. One standout tune was an emotional “Michael In The Bathroom” sung by Andrew Alber. It was so good the viewers actually cheered.
Director Colin Roybal and music director Adam White have clearly labored with the solid to make sure the viewers understands each phrase to the songs as they’re sung – which is nice as a result of the lyrics are very humorous. And the choreography is superb and well-rehearsed. This solid has some nice strikes, particularly Solveig Swanson, —a standout as Brooke, the second-most well-liked lady at school. Swanson performs Brooke with a bodily humor that has the viewers on the verge of laughter even earlier than she delivers her strains. She’s nice.
I didn’t know a lot about “Be More Chill” moving into. I discovered myself pondering, “This is like the greatest high school musical ever, played by the most outstanding and amazing cast of high school actors ever assembled.” I believe that’s a good evaluation. It’s based mostly on a 2004 younger grownup novel by Ned Vizzini, which included a few of his personal experiences from highschool. It’s acceptable for prime schoolers in addition to adults. The truth is, the web site of the Broadway musical incorporates a research information for college kids to speak concerning the themes of the story as they authentically relate to the highschool expertise.
The Equinox Theatre’s manufacturing could not have the glitz and glamour of Broadway, however all of the important components are there. The 2-level stage works nice, particularly when The Squip — performed by the ultracool Derek Helsing — voices the life-changing directions he offers to the central characters from the higher deck. And the dwell band brings the songs to life professionally – approach higher than a recorded monitor.
The home was packed after I noticed the musical – practically each seat was full, and there have been large smiles on each face. If you happen to’re up for a night of laughter, silliness, and music, you’ll get pleasure from Be Extra Chill.