GOOD MORNING BROADWAY FANS! We have more exciting toe-tapping performances coming your way on our TOP 40 TONY AWARDS COUNTDOWN. It is just 5 DAYS AWAY till Broadway's biggest night of the year…. The 73rd Annual Tony Awards. Are you ready for another icoinic performance?
At # 5 on our countdown is one of Broadway's hottest, dark, haunting, beautiful, and emotional shows. 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 telecast, Tony winner Ben Platt in the title role and the original cast perform one of the show's beloved anthems for all underdogs…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. The show continues to sell out every night on Broadway. Under the direction of Michael Grief, the cast consisted of?
Tony winner Ben Platt (later Noah Galvin, Taylor Trensch, and currently its youngest star Andrew Barth Feldman) as ?Evan Hansen?,
Tony nominee Mike Faist (later and currently Alex Boniello) as ?Connor Murphy?,
Will Roland (later and currently Sky Lakota-Lynch) as ?Jared Kleinman?,
Tony nominee Jennifer Laura Thompson as ?Cynthia Murphy?,
and Michael Parks 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).
Along with Broadway, DEAR EVAN HANSEN is currently playing to packed houses all over North America with its current National Tour and a sit-down run in Toronto, Canada (ending later this summer). The show will make its UK Debut in London's West End beginning this Fall.
Doesn?t this show make you really care for the underdogs who feel like they don?t have a voice?