Dear Evan Hansen!
- By Ken Werther
- Photo Courtesy of Center Theatre Group
Winner of six 2017 Tony Awards including Best Musical and the 2018 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre album, Dear Evan Hansen has clearly struck a chord with audiences and critics everywhere. The Washington Post said, “Dear Evan Hansen is one of the most remarkable shows in musical theatre history.” The New York Times called it, “a gut-punching, breathtaking knockout of a musical.” The show boasts quite a pedigree — book by Steven Levenson, score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, and direction by four-time Tony Award nominee Michael Greif. Dear Evan Hansen opened at the Music Box Theatre on Broadway in December 2016 and after 761 performances is still going strong.
It’s unusual subject matter for a musical — the story of a teenager with severe social anxiety which inhibits his ability to connect with other people and make friends. After the death of one of his classmates, he fabricates a lie that inadvertently brings him closer to the classmate’s family while also allowing him to gain his own sense of purpose. I was lucky enough to see it on Broadway and it is truly stunning. Dear Evan Hansen has embarked on its First National Tour, arriving at the Ahmanson Theatre this month. Trust me when I tell you that you do not want to miss it. Get on the phone or get in line … I hear there aren’t many tickets left!
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