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Up Close and Personal With Be More Chill’s Choreographer Chase Brock

Up Close and Personal With Be More Chill’s Choreographer Chase Brock

Be More Chill Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz’s musical, based on the cult teen novel by Ned Vizzini opens Off-Broadway’s The Pershing Square Signature Center August 9th.  This coming-of-age musical tells the story of Jeremy Heere, an average teenager who, tempted by the prospect of popularity, takes a pill purported to make people more…chill. Meet choreographer Chase Brock.

Chase Brock is a choreographer working in theater, modern dance, ballet, opera, television and video games. He made his name on Broadway in SPIDER-MAN Turn off the Dark (dir. Julie Taymor) and Sam Gold’s Broadway revival of Picnic (Roundabout Theatre Company). Off-Broadway Michael John La Chiusa’s First Daughter Suite (The Public Theater, dir. Kirsten Sanderson); Gigantic (Vineyard Theatre, dir. Scott Schwartz); Alice By Heart (MCC Theater lab, dir. Lear deBessonet); The Blue Flower (Second Stage, 2012 Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Choreography); Tamar of The River (Prospect Theatre Company, dir. Daniel Goldstein, 2014 Joe A. Callaway Award finalist for Choreography); Kwame Kwei-Armah’s production of Much Ado About Nothing for The Public Theater’s Mobile Shakespeare Unit; Lear deBessonet and Todd Almond’s musical adaptation of The Winter’s Tale with a cast of 200 for The Public Theater’s Public Works program; Irma La Douce (dir. John Doyle); Lost in the Stars (dir. Gary Griffin) for City Center Encores!; and The Mysteries (The Flea Theater, dir. Ed Iskandar), a 7-hour, 50-play event retelling climactic episodes from the bible.

Dance Magazine proclaimed summer 2013 “The Chase Brock Summer”.  On TV, “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” (HBO), “Late Show with David Letterman” (CBS) and “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade” (NBC). Video game choreography includes the bestselling Dance on Broadway for Nintendo Wii and PlayStation Move. Opera choreography includes Bartlett Sher’s production of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette (Salzburger Festspiele, Lyric Opera of Chicago). Theme park choreography includes London Rocks for Busch Gardens Williamsburg (dir. Sam Buntrock).

As the artistic director for the Brooklyn-based contemporary dance company The Chase Brock Experience, Brock has commissioned six original scores and choreographed 27 dances including American Sadnessto the songs of Gabriel Kahane, Whoa, Nellie! to the songs of Nellie McKay, Mirror Mirror with an original score by Michael John LaChiusa, Junk and Lies to the songs of David Yazbek and The Song That I Sing; Or, Meow So Pretty to the songs of The New Christy Minstrels.

Brock is the subject of the documentary Chasing Dance by filmmakers Mathieu Mazza, Tracy Mazza and Stephanie Slewka, which aired on Maine Public Broadcasting Network and was nominated for a New England Emmy Award in 2014.

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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