RISE & SHINE BROADWAY FANS!! We are only 4 DAYS AWAY into kicking off the holiday season with this year's abridged edition of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. We got more of your favorite showstopping performances from the Great Bright Way that have been really lucky to take part in New York's legendary MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET on our TOP 30 BROADWAY AT MACY'S COUNTDOWN.
At # 4 on our countdown is one of the most dark, haunting, beautiful, and emotional shows that is still one of the hottest tickets on Broadway!!! It follows the dark tale of a young High School outcast who finds himself in the center of something that was not to be seen by the Public and a lie that was never meant to be told. This is Dear Evan Hansen. The show features a score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul along with a book by Steven Levenson.
From the 2017 NBC telecast, Noah Galvin in the title role along with members of the cast arrive in Herald Square to spread an uplifting message. Here they are performing the show's signature underdog anthem YOU WILL BE FOUND.
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 continued to sell out every night on Broadway until this past March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the direction of Michael Grief, the cast consisted of…
Tony winner Rachel Bay Jones (later Lisa Brescia and currently before the shutdown Jessica Phillips) as “Heidi Hansen”,
Tony nominee Mike Faist (later Alex Boniello and currently before the shutdown 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 before the shutdown Pheobe Koyabe) as “Alana Beck”,
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 ORIGINAL SCORE (for Pasek and Paul), and BEST LEADING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL (for Ben Platt). It's Original Broadway Cast Recording also went on to win the Grammy Award for BEST MUSICAL THEATRE ALBUM.
Along with Broadway, DEAR EVAN HANSEN was playing to packed houses all over North America with its current National Tour, on a North American National Tour, and most recently made its UK Debut in London's West End (where it just took home the Olivier Award for BEST NEW MUSICAL). All companies are still shutdown due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition to its success on stage, the musical is about to inspire people on the big screen. Currently being filmed in Atlanta, GA, the film will be released is set to be released from Universal Pictures, produced by Marc Platt and Adam Siegel, and directed by Stephen Chbosky. The film will have some unique updates including brand new Ensemble characters created specifically for the film. In addition, all the beloved songs from the show will be part of it plus some new ones by Pasek and Paul. It will feature a full all-star cast led by….
Ben Platt reprising his Tony winning performance of the title role,
Oscar, Emmy, and Golden Globe winner Julianne Moore as "Heidi Hansen",
Golden Globe nominee Kaitlin Dever as "Zoe Murphy",
Oscar nominee Amy Adams as "Cynthia Murphy",
Colton Ryan as "Connor Murphy" (a part he previously understudied in the Broadway production),
Acclaimed actress and singer Amandla Stenberg as "Alana Beck",
Acclaimed actor and comedian Nik Dodani as "Jared Kleinman",
& Danny Pino as "Larry" (who is now updated as the stepfather of "The Murphy Family"),
No word has been revealed on when the film adaptation of DEAR EVAN HANSEN will be released. In addition, the stage production is expecting to return in 2021.
Doesn’t this show make you really care for the underdogs who feel like they don’t have a voice?
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