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GOOD MORNING BROADWAY FANS! Today is gonna be an exciting day and here’s why….. We are just 1 WEEK AWAY from Broadway’s biggest night. Can you believe its 7 days till The 74th Annual Tony Awards?!!! We at New York Broadway Tours have more of your favorite iconic performances coming your way on our TOP 50 TONY AWARDS COUNTDOWN
At # 7 on our countdown, we have one of the most powerful, groundbreaking, and inspirational shows out there. It tells the story 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 telecast, here is the musical’s iconic Tony Award winning star Ben Platt and the original Broadway cast performing one of the show’s most beloved signature underdog anthems 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 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.
Under the direction of Michael Grief, the cast consisted of…
Tony winner Ben Platt (later Noah Galvin, Taylor Trensch, Andrew Barth Feldman, and Jordan Fisher) as “Evan Hansen”,
Tony winner Rachel Bay Jones (later Lisa Brescia and Jessica Phillips) as “Heidi Hansen”,
Laura Dreyfuss (later, Mallory Bechtel and Gabrielle Carrubba) as “Zoe Murphy”,
Tony nominee Mike Faist (later Alex Boniello and David Jeffery) as “Connor Murphy”,
Will Roland (later Sky Lakota-Lynch and Jared Goldsmith) as “Jared Kleinman”,
Kristolyn Lloyd (later Phoenix Best, Samantha Williams, and Pheobe Koyabe) as “Alana Beck”,
Tony nominee Jennifer Laura Thompson (later Ann Sanders and Christiane Noll) as “Cynthia Murphy”,
Michael Parks (later 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 for BEST NEW MUSICAL).
The show continued to sell out every night on Broadway and around the world until it was abruptly shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it is coming back this Fall. The Broadway production will reopen at the Music Box Theatre starting December 11th, 2021. The London company reopens at the Noel Coward Theatre starting October 26th, 2021. From there, the North American National Tour will re-kick off December 7th, 2021 in Greensboro, NC before traveling to more than 30 cities across both the USA and and Canada.
In addition to its success on stage, the musical is about to inspire audiences on the big screen. The film adaptation is set to come out THIS FRIDAY, September 24th, 2021 in Theaters everywhere. Produced by Universal Pictures, Marc Platt and Adam Siegel, and directed by Stephen Chbosky, the film 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”),
The new film will have some unique updates including brand new Ensemble characters created specifically for the film. It also will feature 2 new original songs written for the film by Pasek and Paul along with all the beloved hits from the musical.
DEAR EVAN HANSEN is a celebration of everyone.
Doesn’t this show make you really care for the underdogs who feel like they don’t have a voice?
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"Contact" Musical by Susan Stroman at 2000 Tony Awards

WHAT’S UP BROADWAY FANS?!! Things are about to get hot as we are celebrating the return of Live Theater and Broadway’s biggest night!!! The 74th Annual Tony Awards are just 40 DAYS AWAY!!! We at New York Broadway Tours are continuing to get our groove going again each morning playing you our favorite performances from previous telecasts on our TOP 50 TONY AWARDS COUNTDOWN!!! Are you ready for more toe-tapping performances?
At # 40 on our countdown is a show that is truly a celebration of something we can all relate to…. The feeling of wanting to have that strong connection with someone and fall in love. This is CONTACT. Created and conceived by Susan Stroman, this is NOT your traditional Broadway Musical. This show is mainly told as a “Dance Play” with all the music pre-recorded in 3 one-acts consisting of….
Act 1 is entitled SWINGING – It’s a contact improvisational dance inspired by Fragonard’s painting THE SWING. Set in an 18th-century French forest clearing, it follows a servant and his master wanting to win the heart of the young lady on the swing. Much of the action takes place on a moving swing. Its themed music features a beautiful rendition of Rodgers & Hart‘s MY HEART STOOD STILL played by Stéphane Grappelli.
Act 2 is entitled DID YOU MOVE – Set in Queens, New York at an Italian Restaurant in the year 1954, the story follows a “not-happy” marriage of a small-time gangster and his wife. There, the wife dreams of the day wanting to escape her abusive husband through dance. It’s themed music features Edvard Greig’s ANITRA’S DANCE, Tchaikovsky’s WALTZ FROM EUGENE ONEGIN, and Bitzet’s FARANDOLE….. all recorded by the New York Philharmonic and conducted by one of Broadway’s very own Leonard Bernstein.
Act 3 is the show’s official title CONTACT – Set in Manhattan in the present day, it follows the lives of 2 Manhattan apartment dwellers at a crossroads. At a bar, one of the men is smitten by a beautiful woman in a yellow dress. In order to win her heart, the man learns to gain the confidence in making contact with another human being. It’s themed music features a lot of contemporary popular pop/rock hits along with Jazz standards including Squirrel Nut Zippers’s PUT A LID ON IT, Dion DiMucci‘s legendary RUNAROUND SUE, Prima’s SING, SING, SING, and so much more.
From the 2000 telecast, here is the company performing one of the musical’s big dance showstoppers. From that 3rd act, this is cast dancing it out to Robert Palmer’s signature 1988 song SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE.
CONTACT was first conceived in the mid 90’s by Susan Stroman and her late husband Mike Ockrent. It was loosely inspired by an event that Stroman experienced at a dance club in the Meat Market district. There, she noticed a woman in a yellow dress believing “She’s gonna change someone’s life tonight”. Inspired by that one event, it gave the duo the idea of creating a show told through dance of the feeling’s people have when being in contact with other people.
Following a brief early development lab, the show officially arrived in our New York Theater scene at Lincoln Center Theater in the Fall of 1999. It first started downstairs at LCT’s OFF-Broadway home at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater. It would later move upstairs LCT’s bigger ON-Broadway house at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre in the Spring of 2000 running for a complete total of 1,041 performances. Under the direction and choreography of Susan Stroman, the cast featured….
Tony Award winner Boyd Gaines (later Alan Campbell and John Bolton),
Broadway veteran Seán Martin Hingston,
Tony Award nominee Deborah Yates (later Colleen Dunn),
Tony Award winner Karen Ziemba (later Charlotte d’Amboise).
The show was an instant smash hit earning critical acclaim and taking home glory at Awards season. The show was nominated for 7 Tony Awards in 2000 winning 4 including BEST MUSICAL.
FUN FACT: Despite the show taking home BEST MUSICAL category in all its Awards (the Tonys, the Drama Desk, and the Outer Circle Critics), controversy sparked over the win. The reason is because this musical used PRE-RECORDED MUSIC & NO LIVE SINGING. The Tonys committee would go on to create a brand new category…. BEST SPECIAL THEATRICAL EVENT. That nomination category would be presented for only 10 years and retired in 2009.
With the success of the Broadway production, CONTACT would later dance its way with several companies around the world including London’s West End. Hungary, Poland, China, and Korea. It later launched several Regional productions in North America.
CONTACT was also captured on film in the Fall of 2002. The Broadway production’s legendary final performance was recorded for PBS‘ Award winning series Live From Lincoln Center winning a Primetime Emmy Award for OUTSTANDING CLASSICAL MUSIC-DANCE PROGRAM.
How high energetic was that performance?!!!!

(1) “Contact” Musical by Susan Stroman at 2000 Tony Awards – YouTube