This past weekend was a very bittersweet and emotional day as the Broadway company of the Tony and Grammy winning smash hit Dear Evan Hansen celebrated the last of the final 2 original cast members. This past Sunday, Michael Parks and Jennifer Laura Thompson who took their final bows as The Murphy Parents themselves "Larry" and "Cynthia'.
Parks (a Broadway veteran of hit shows including the 1994 revival of Carousel on Broadway, and the original Smokey Joe's Cafe: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller, and more) began his journey with the Pasek and Paul musical back in 2014 as part of the show's early reading before taking part the following year of 2015 in the show's world premiere run in Washington D.C. at Arena Stage. In 2016, Parks did not continue with the show when it played Off Broadway's Second Stage Theater due to a scheduling conflict but returned just in time a few months later opening the show on Broadway and continued ever since.
Thompson (known for her performances in Broadway's Footloose, a Tony nominee for her performance in Urinetown, and best known as the first original Broadway fulltime replacement "Glinda" in WICKED The Musical) stayed the entire journey of the show from it's readings and workshops to its Washington D.C., Off Broadway, and On Broadway engagements.
We will miss both Michael and Jennifer. Thank you for delivering such beautiful, intense, and haunting performances.
Meanwhile starting tonight, Broadway veterans Ivan Hernandez and Ann Sanders both begin performances as the new "Murphy Parents" 8 times a week at the Music Box Theatre. Break a leg and have an incredible run.
SINCERLEY ME (and everyone at New York Broadway Tours)
P.S. Who is sad to say goodbye to the last of the original cast but are excited and WAVING THROUGH A WINDOW to the new replacement company?
The original company of Dear Evan Hansen came together to celebrate original cast members Jennifer Laura Thompson and Michael Park as they took their final bows in the musical.
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