HEY THERE BROADWAY FANS! We are officially 2 days away from the 72nd Annual Tony Awards. We have been so happy to keep you entertained as we lead up to Broadway?s biggest night on OUR TOP 40 TONY AWARDS COUNTDOWN. We have another powerhouse performance coming your way.
At # 2 on our countdown is one of the most powerful groundbreaking musicals ever to have hit 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 of course? Dear Evan Hansen. The show features a score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul along with a book by Steven Levenson.
From last year?s telecast, the show?s Tony winning original star Ben Platt in the titular role of ?Evan Hansen? and the entire original Broadway cast perform musical?s theme song WAVING THROUGH A WINDOW.
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. From there, the show went through many years of readings and workshops.
The show originally premiered in 2015 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. The cast consisted of?
Tony winner Ben Platt (later Noah Galvin and Taylor Trensch) as ?Evan Hansen?,
Tony winner Rachel Bay Jones as ?Heidi Hansen?,
Laura Dreyfuss as ?Zoe Murphy?,
Tony nominee Mike Faist (later Alex Boniello) as ?Connor Murphy?,
Will Roland (soon to be Sky Lakota-Lynch) as ?Jared Kleinman?,
Kristolyn Lloyd (later Phoenix Best) as ?Alana Beck?,
Tony nominee Jennifer Laura Thompson as ?Cynthia Murphy?,
and Michael Parks as ?Larry Murphy?.
The show was nominated for 9 Tony Awards last year in 2017 winning 6 including Best Musical, Best Score (for Pasek and Paul), and Best Leading Actor in a Musical (for Ben Platt).
Along with Broadway, DEAR EVAN HANSEN is set to embark on a US National Tour this Fall 2018 followed by a Canadian sit-down production in 2019.
Doesn?t this show make you really care for the underdogs who feel like they don?t have a voice?
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