Get Into: Be More Chill

Get Into: Be More Chill

Be More Chill is a REALLY good new musical that premiered at New Jersey's Two River Theater in 2015, but a recent resurgence of the online fandom has the show popping up *everywhere.* Sam explains why he thinks you should get. into. this show!

Photos: Broadway's Frozen In Rehearsal

Photos: Broadway's Frozen In Rehearsal

The cast and crew of the upcoming Broadway production of Frozen (Spring 2018) had their first rehearsal and photographer Jenny Anderson was there to capture all the best moments. Check them out here!

Photos: Jenny Anderson

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YouTube Playlist: 8 Must-See Tony Awards Moments

YouTube Playlist: 8 Must-See Tony Awards Moments

The 2017 Tony Awards introduced the world to Dear Evan Hansen and memorialized some incredible performances that happened on Broadway this year. Here are 8 must-see moments from the broadcast on CBS.


Ben Platt and the cast of Dear Evan Hansen perform "Waving Through A Window". You can literally hear the energy in the crowd as the song starts. This is a legendary performance that will go down in musical theater history as one of the greats. It is so fun to think about the fact that he wins a Tony Award® for this role a couple of hours later.


Okay, The Great Comet is just straight up sexy. If you don't want to go see it after this ridiculously awesome performance, especially starting at around the 2:00 mark....then, well...you're wrong. Note: the tuxedo'd man that Josh Groban brings up on stage is Great Comet composer Dave Malloy.


The *perfect* revival of Falsettos was short-lived on Broadway this season, but a filmed version of it is coming to movie theaters this summer and will also be broadcast on PBS this fall. As star Betsy Wolfe says, Falsettos is a "great gateway show into a more sophisticated palette. Just try not to love it!" We were all so glad to see them on the world's stage this year at the Tony Awards®.


These 4 minutes are a grand tribute to New York City...and were kinda the highlight of the entire evening. Oh, Hello stars John Mulaney and Nick Kroll steal the damn show introducing The Rockettes, who are accompanied by Broadway A-Listers Cynthia Erivo and Leslie Odom, Jr from Hamilton


Come From Away is an incredibly special show that gave Dear Evan Hansen a real run for its money for that Best Musical Tony. The cast blazes onto the world's stage with the opening number from the show. 


The surprise of the night? Miss Saigon's Eva Noblezada shines in a medley of songs from the revival. Check out her soaring vocals starting around the 3:35 mark. There's a reason she was nominated for a Tony Award!


Michael Aronov knocks it out of the mothafuckin' park with his show-stopping performance in Act 2 of Oslo. This was the first award of the night and it went to a total underdog (he was not expected to win) and set the tone for next few hours. His speech is really cool.


Dear Evan Hansen's Rachel Bay Jones slays as Evan's mom Heidi. Let's put it this way: her main song in Act Two has the entire audience weeping in unison. This woman owns the stage at the Music Box Theater, where she also starred in Pippin...for which she also should have won a Tony!

Photos: Behind-The-Scenes on the Tony Awards Red Carpet

Photos: Behind-The-Scenes on the Tony Awards Red Carpet

Photos: Behind-The-Scenes on the Tony Awards Red Carpet

Spotify Playlist: Alex Lacamoire's Showtunes For People Who Don't Like Showtunes

Spotify Playlist: Alex Lacamoire's Showtunes For People Who Don't Like Showtunes

Ever heard of a couple little shows called Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen? Well, Alex Lacamoire is the orchestrator for both. What is an orchestrator, you ask? Great question! An orchestrator takes the music the composer writes and makes it sound the way it does in the theater with a full orchestra (or band) and on the cast recording.

Beyond his duties as an orchestrator (he won the Tony Award® both last year for Best Orchestrations for Hamilton and again this year for Dear Evan Hansen), he is also the Music Supervisor for both shows AND a producer of both cast recordings!

We asked "Lac" to make a playlist for our Showtunes for People Who Don't Like Showtunes series...and, of course, he knocked it out. of. the. park! About the playlist, he says: "I drew from Broadway, Off-Broadway and beyond, sometimes going for deeper cuts from my favorite composers. I tried to pick tracks that I think are so well-written that they would lure those unfamiliar with theater music to learn more about the world. Hope you dig it!"

Without further ado, the songs:

TEAR ME DOWN from HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH
"What a killer opener for a killer cast recording of a killer score. It seemed appropriate to start with this scorcher by Stephen Trask."

TIMES ARE HARD FOR DREAMERS (Pop Version) from AMÉLIE
"I love this melody, arrangement, and production. Hands up for Daniel Messé, Nathan Tysen, and Philippa Soo!"

A SOFT PLACE TO LAND from WAITRESS
"Sara Bareilles wrote a brilliant score, and this is the track that makes my heart swell the most. I love how you can float away on this song. The vocal arrangement is bananas."

WAIT FOR IT from HAMILTON
"I couldn’t help but pick a song from HAMILTON. This is the track I’m most proud of on the album from an arrangement/orchestration/production perspective, and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s song is just the coolest."

STILL HURTING from THE LAST FIVE YEARS
"I’ve yet to meet someone who isn’t compelled the first time they hear that low piano figure and that opening vocal line. Props to Jason Robert Brown for always being so melodic and purposeful in his writing."

THE ASTRONOMER from GHOST QUARTET
"I dig how Dave Malloy has his own distinct voice as a writer, always being honest, uncluttered, and witty. This song makes me smile with its story and arrangement."

TOUCH ME from SPRING AWAKENING
"I never ever ever get tired of this song. This tune would bring me to tears watching the original cast (which I saw on Broadway 5 times!). AnneMarie Milazzo’s vocal arrangement is so darn good it makes me want to quit, and Skylar Astin’s vocal soaring at the end is so powerful that it makes me clench my fists. Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater, dude -- they nailed it."

EVERYONE'S A LITTLE BIT RACIST from AVENUE Q
"I remember HOWLING upon hearing this song! Bobby Lopez, Jeff Marx and Jeff Whitty for the win!"

WILL I from RENT
"This was the first track I ever heard from RENT. Ever gorgeous. Thank you, Jonathan Larson."

MIGHT AS WELL from OLD HATS
"I adore Shaina Taub’s writing. If you don’t know her, look her up! You’re welcome."

VEGAS from TALES FROM THE BAD YEARS
"Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk wrote one of the funniest dude songs ever. Dude!"

HERO AND LEANDER from MYTHS AND HYMNS
"It’s hard for me to express how brilliant I think Adam Guettel is. His writing is heartfelt and original, often taking unexpected turns in these melodies and chord progressions that continue to get richer the more one listens."

RING OF KEYS from FUN HOME
"I find this track to be perfect in every way; the lyrics, the melody, the orchestration, the performance….FUN HOME left such an impression on me. Respect to Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron."

SHOW YOU A THING OR TWO from BAT BOY
"Larry O’Keefe is a genius! That guy rhymes like a mofo, and what this song accomplishes in a show, musicalizing a passage of time AND painting a clear story WHILE making you laugh….It’s phenomenal. When I first heard the BAT BOY demo in 1999, this was the song that sealed the deal and made me say 'I have to be on this show.'"

LAURA,LAURA from HIGH FIDELITY
"This gem is one of my favorite songs Tom Kitt and Amanda Green ever wrote. It’s simple and heartbreaking, and it sounds exactly the way this character would talk."

WAVING THROUGH A WINDOW from DEAR EVAN HANSEN
"I wanted to close out with this jam, because I am always blown away by how Benj Pasek and Justin Paul are able to write songs that speak both musical theater and pop so authentically and naturally. You hear this song once and you never forget it."


Follow our Spotify playlist to have all of these incredible songs in one place!

Alex Lacamoire

Alex Lacamoire

Thanks so much, Alex. Please orchestrate every new Broadway musical forever, thanks!

Faces of #EduHam

Faces of #EduHam

Faces of #EduHam

Every few weeks, the producers of Hamilton team up with The Rockefeller Foundation, The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and the NYC Department of Education to welcome 1,300 NYC public school kids to a matinee performance in what has come to be called #EduHam. The energy on 46th Street is electric as the kids arrive around 9am. Once inside, students from each of the 16 participating schools take the stage to perform songs and poems they've written about American history, the founding fathers, and other themes explored in the show. Hamilton cast members then take the stage for a Q&A.

At 2pm, the lights go down for the matinee...and these kids' lives will never be the same. There are no regular ticket holders in the audience. You might wonder if teenagers have a hard time respectfully being attentive to a show for two and a half hours, but that's easy when the show is as powerful as Hamilton. It is impossible to describe the joy of the collective gasp that happens when more than a thousand kids of color realize that a cast member onstage who looks just like them will be playing George Washington in a multimillion-dollar musical about American history.

#EduHam is an incredibly special experience and a true gift to these kids and our society. Check out some of the faces of people involved in the May 10th, 2017 #EduHam and a video from YesBroadway's coverage from a March #EduHam below.