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Charlie Rosen’s brilliant orchestration for Be More Chill features several unconventional instruments - Theremin, Vocoder, etc. While we feel that these instruments are essential to maintaining the integrity of the arrangement, we understand that not every theater happens to have a Theremin lying around. So, we recommend using a synthesizer or computer program to execute some of those strange and unusual sounds. Just keep in mind that the inspiration for the sound of Be More Chill comes from sci-fi/horror soundtracks of the early 1980s (think John Carpenter, Oigno Boingo, and Tangerine Dream) and monster/space invader movies of the 1950s (think Bernard Hermann.) The songs are 100% musical theater, but they shouldn’t sound like they’re in the world of “contemporary music theater.” Let this show sound weird, alive, surprising. Embrace its strangeness.
THE SMARTPHONE HOUR
This number should feel impossibly huge. Please use as much of your cast as humanly possible.
POP CULTURE REFERENCES
Be More Chill’s references call back to the 80’s and 90’s in a way that we hope infuses the spirit of the show. But there are a few spots where we encourage you to update references to fit your own production: the Squip’s alternate default modes, the identity of Christine’s Squip… We’ve marked those spots in the text with an asterisk*. Be creative.
1 Keyboard 1/Conductor
1 Keyboard 2/Reeds
1 Bass Guitar
MainStage Programming for Keyboards 1 & 2