GOOD FOR YOU!!!! Get ready to go TAP, TAP, TAPPIN' into your movie theaters because a film adaptation of the Tony and Grammy Award winning smash hit Dear Evan Hansen is officially in the works. The film is expecting to be released from Universal Pictures, produced by Marc Platt and Adam Siegel, and directed by Stephen Chbosky.
It will feature all the beloved songs from the musical (including WAVING THROUGH A WINDOW, FOR FOREVER, SINCERLEY ME, YOU WILL BE FOUND, and more). In addition, the show's Award winning composers Pasek and Paul will be writing a few new additional songs for the film.
We are also so excited to share with you that it has been confirmed that acclaimed actress and singer Amandla Stenberg (most notably well known from The Hunger Games) will star as the earnest and melodramatic High School brainiac "Alana Beck" (the role originated on Broadway by Kristolyn Lloyd). Yes, Pasek and Paul are writing a new song for the character.
In addition, rumors are still being speculated that the musical's original Tony Award winning star Ben Platt will reprise his performance of the titular character
acclaimed Golden Globe nominated actress and singer Kaitlyn Dever (best known from TV's Unbelievable and the film Booksmart) is expecting to play the role of the love interest "Zoe Murphy" (originated on stage by Laura Dreyfuss).
The stage version of DEAR EVAN HANSEN is expecting to be one of the many shows to return when Live Theater is back. It's expecting to continue to play at Broadway's Music Box Theatre, in London's West End at the Noel Coward Theatre, and on tour across America.
In case anyone may not remember or are not familiar, DEAR EVAN HANSEN is an original dark musical centering on a High School teenager with social anxiety. As part of an assignment from his therapist, he writes letters to himself about why each day will be great. However, everything changes when one of the letters gets revealed in public.
DEAR EVAN HANSEN was originally inspired by a real incident from Benj Pasek years in High School where a troubled teenager was found dead due to drug problems and all of a sudden, he had more mourners in death than friends in real life. The incident always came back to Pasek, he along with his collaborator Justin Paul began to create a full musical inspired by that tragic event. They decided to tell the story following an outcast with social anxiety and mental illness be in the center of it all. The show was then passed on to director Michael Grief who fell in love with the piece. From there, the show went through many years of readings and workshops.
The show originally premiered in 2015 at Arena Stage in Washington D.C. before making its way Off Broadway playing Second Stage Theater in the Spring of 2016. The response of the Off Broadway run was well received by critics and audiences, the show was then transferred to Broadway’s Music Box Theatre before becoming one of Broadway’s most popular hottest tickets. The show continues to sell out every night on Broadway. Under the direction of Michael Grief, the cast consisted of…
Tony winner Rachel Bay Jones (later Lisa Brescia and currently Jessica Phillips) as "Heidi Hansen",
Laura Dreyfuss (later Mallory Bechtel and currently Gabrielle Carrubba) as "Zoe Murphy",
Tony nominee Mike Faist (later Alex Boniello and currently David Jeffery) as "Connor Murphy",
Will Roland (later Sky Lakota-Lynch and currently Jared Goldsmith) as “Jared Kleinman”,
Kristolyn Lloyd (later Phoenix Best, Samantha Williams, and currently Pheobe Koyabe) as “Alana Beck”,
Tony nominee Jennifer Laura Thompson (later Ann Sanders and currently Christiane Noll) as “Cynthia Murphy”,
and Michael Parks (later and currently Ivan Hernandez) as “Larry Murphy”.
The show was nominated for 9 Tony Awards in 2017 winning 6 including Best Musical, Best Score (for Pasek and Paul), and Best Leading Actor in a Musical (for Ben Platt). It also took home glory at the GRAMMYs for Best Musical Theatre Album.
Who is excited?
According to Deadline, film star Amandla Stenberg has joined the cast of Universal Pictures' upcoming Dear Evan Hansen film. Stenberg will play Alana- a role that will be expanded for the film and will feature a new song, written by Stenberg in collaboration with musical composers Benj Pasek and Jus…
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