Be More Chill the musical has been a phenomenon on Broadway after Ned Vizzini's "young adult novel" captured the imagination of American teenagers in New Jersey and beyond. For a show to be sold out in the States before it opens is remarkable. So Be More Chill comes to London with an impressive amount of downloads on Spotify and the like. There have been 350 million streams of the original cast recording.
Michael Balogan shows a terrific range, a bravura performance and his alienation is a real cause for sadness. You feel in this play the disappointing human experience that has gone in to writing, directing and acting in it.
The result of Howerd's lack of confidence in his sexuality is that his relationship with Dennis was hidden, even from Howerd's own sister and his presence explained as chauffeur, manager or the ultimate put down, "That's Dennis. He's nobody."