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December 13, 2017
Interview: Mr. Joe Iconis on Christmas Music, Sondheim, and His Annual Holiday Show at Feinstein’s/54 Below

Mr. Joe Iconis and Family return to Feinstein's/54 Below for their 10th annual Christmas Extravaganza. We spoke to the bandleader about keeping the show fresh, getting to work with incredible artists and what's on his plate for next year.

For tickets and more information to The 10th Annual Joe Iconis Christmas Extravaganza click here.

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Interview: Geeking Out with Joe Iconis of ‘Be More Chill’

By Jose Solis

The promise of popularity and getting to date the cool kid are what most high schoolers dream of, and if there was some sort of magic way to achieve them probably very few would refuse it. In Be More Chill, the Faustian device comes in the shape of The Squip, a tiny, but powerful computer that offers young Jeremy (Will Connolly) the chance to conquer Christine (Stephanie Hsu) and achieve popularity in his New Jersey school. But as most heroes willing to sell a part of them to please societal expectations know, there will be a price to pay. With music and lyrics by Joe Iconis, and a book by Joe Tracz, Be More Chill is one of the most endearing (although that’s definitely not a chill word…) musicals about high school students made. Iconis’ combination of genres and his inventive use of rhymes make for one delightful experience. Young audience members and listeners (the cast recording is now available on Sh-K-Boom records) will most likely identify with the colorful characters from Ned Vizzini’s novel, given exciting new life by Iconis and Tracz. In fact, part of the musical’s appeal is how it might inspire others to become creators themselves. Those who take on the challenge of comin …Read more

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Written by: Jose Solis
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