Dear Evan Hansen
- By Ken Werther
- Photo Courtesy of Universal
Dear Evan Hansen, Broadway’s biggest hit since Hamilton, has been adapted for the screen and arrives in theatres September 24. Opening on Broadway in late 2016, the Broadway production garnered widespread critical acclaim. It was nominated for nine Tony Awards and won six including Best Musical, Best Original Score for Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land, Smash, The Greatest Showman), and Best Actor in a Musical for star Ben Platt. Advance word on the movie is quite strong — it has been chosen from amongst hundreds of films to open the Toronto International Film Festival on September 9.
Dear Evan Hansen is the story of a high school student suffering from extreme social anxiety whose desperate desire for acceptance leads him into a web of lies following the tragic death of a classmate. Told with an incredibly great bunch of songs (good luck getting “Waving Through a Window” or “You Will Be Found” out of your head!) it’s ultimately about what it’s like to feel isolated and to crave connection, things virtually all of us have experienced over the 16 months since covid changed our lives.
Along with Ben Platt, the cast includes Kaitlyn Dever, Amandla Stenberg, Amy Adams, and Julianne Moore. Pasek and Paul have written two new songs for the film and Stephen Chbosky is the director. Marc Platt, the producer, has a long list of credits in both film and theatre. Wicked, anyone?
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