Knowing Ned Vizzini's Story Changed the Way I Watched "Be More Chill"

Knowing Ned Vizzini's Story Changed the Way I Watched "Be More Chill"

May is #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth, and Broadway is no stranger to mental health issues. Anxiety and depression have been tackled head on in recent hits like Dear Evan Hansen, and Be More Chill. These shows have brought the issues out of the shadows and into the spotlight by weaving relatable stories of characters who suffer into heartbreaking raw and honest songs.

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Fans with ‘No Chill’ Save Be More Chill: The Power of Fan Empowerment

Fans with ‘No Chill’ Save Be More Chill: The Power of Fan Empowerment

In a world seeking connection, fans of Broadway seem to be able to find it even when they will never be able to be in the room where the magic happens. It is fascinating in a time when media’s success is measured by how many people it can reach, that the Broadway industry still thrives even as it’s isolated from so many of its fans, geographically speaking. A pinnacle example of this is the hit almost-Broadway show Be More Chill, whose unexpected success lies solely on the backs of the fans that revived it after a swift death off-off-Broadway.

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