Official Blurb: A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to finally fit in. Both deeply personal and profoundly contemporary, Dear Evan Hansen is a new American musical about life and the way we live it.
Hailed by critics and audiences alike, this bold new musical moved Peter Marks of The Washington Post to declare it: “A heart-piercing trip to the place that musical theater can sometimes take us to.”And Charles Isherwood of The New York Times to call it: “A fresh, vibrant musical that opens the heart and the mind.”
Dear Evan Hansen, which pairs the three time Tony Award® nominated director Michael Greif (Rent, Next to Normal, Grey Gardens) with the Tony-nominated composing team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (A Christmas Story, Dogfight, NBC’s Smash) and award-winning playwright Steven Levenson (Showtime’s Masters of Sex) now takes the next step on its remarkable journey
My Take: So I think first impressions say a lot, here was my take just on leaving the theater: “Yesterday I went to see @dearevanhansen – on a day when what was happening made me shudder, I turned to the wonderful stage! What happened: I cried, but wonderful tears. Those that come when a show pulls at your heartstrings and leaves your soul full and happy. My new favorite theater obsession. @bensplatt is amazing, the show is raw and brilliant and you should run to go see it (if you can get a ticket) just remember to bring a couple of kleenex when you do, I didn’t and I wish I knew better 😉 ”
Now, on to some deeper thoughts, even though the message remains the same, this is a MUST see show. As I said before it is heartfelt and smart at the same time. It’s three main components are remarkable. First, the story is endearing, relatable, moving and charming all at the same time. Its sad and real with hopefulness to boost. It deals with topics that re all too prevalant in our societies, and dont necesarily get confined to the High Scool setting like they do in this show: Bullying, suicide, connectdness whilst being alone, social images etc. Second, the music is superb. It is both contemporary and classic. One can sense it could be timeless, yet they are standard musical theater songs for the current generation. My favorite song was “Waving Through a Window”. Here is a video of Ben Platt signing it on Late night with Seth Meyers:
This takes me to the Third part of the trifecta: the performances. Ben Platt is absolutely amazing as Evan Hansen. He is literally heartbreaking in the part. Nuanced and sweet and with and absolutely killer voice.
IF you can snag a ticket, run to see it!