Dynamic, animated and potent, Be More Chill truly embodies the form and nature of your classic musical production.
Whilst the quality of its performances and score was high, some conceptual elements were left to be desired.
Overall, however, this production is a must-see for those of you seeking a more theatrically traditional FRINGE WORLD experience.
Doubtless, Be More Chill had a high production value, facilitated primarily through the quality of the performers, not least of all their singing capabilities.
In an impressive achievement, especially considering the relatively young ages of all those involved, every key was hit in every number.
The dynamic vocal ranges of all the performers were maximised through solo performances, making for a well-rounded show, and indicating the quality of both the individuals on stage and the shows’ creators.
The concept and execution of the choreography, too, indicates a highly dedicated and skilled production team and cast.
Atmospherically resonant with the song or score, ceaselessly spirited and incorporating a creative use of props and performers, it achieved its purposes as both contributing to the overall force of the production, and as legitimately noteworthy in its own right.
The optimised use of stage space facilitated the high energy oeuvre audiences expect from musicals, and in this capacity, Be More Chill did not disappoint.
Nonetheless, the show had its shortcomings, and I feel that many of Be More Chill’s problems arose from not truly knowing its audience.
Whilst some jokes received a smattering of laughs, most did not resonate strongly with the crowd.
The topic of mental illness, taken seriously by most young people, was handled clumsily, leading to an at-times awkward relationship between audience and performer.
Regardless of its comedic and thematic shortfalls, this production was an otherwise successful rendition of the Musical archetype.
Performers’ energetic gusto mirrored the intense and high-calibre score, and you will doubtless leave the theatre bopping and humming to the memorable tunes: the sign of an honourably noteworthy musical.