A new musical has taken Broadway by storm. Dear Evan Hansen opened on July 10, 2015 at the Arena Stage, it opened on Broadway on November 14, 2016.
Since its debut it has been acclaimed by many critics, and is in line to win a TONY or two.
“Both deeply personal and profoundly contemporary, Dear Evan Hansen is a new American musical about life and the way we live it.” The musical focuses on a teen boy, “Evan Hansen,” who becomes involved in the family affairs of another teen who commits suicide. Evan has his own problems though. He suffers from Social Anxiety Disorder and is quickly caught up in the turmoil after the other boy’s death.
Evan Hansen is played by Ben Platt, best known for his role of Elder Cunningham in The Book of Mormon. He also appeared in Pitch Perfect as Benji and has had a very successful career in his short 23 years. His performance as the lead of Dear Evan Hansen has already brought him many accolades, including his Obie Award.
One of our own Eagles, Shayne Maggard (’18), is going to see the show soon. “I am very excited I’ve been wanting to see it for months now even before it came out on Broadway officially.” Many people identify with this musical because of its deep motivating message, but many also simply like the songs, Maggard adds, “The only song I’ve heard is Waving Through a Window because I don’t want to spoil any of the songs before I see it live.”
Many fans of the musical identify with the teen spirit and issues plaguing the youth of today it covers. It is a sombering musical. Its message about suicide, death, and loneliness reach all age groups and tug at the heartstrings of all who see it or listen to it. It’s arguably the hottest new musical to hit New York since Hamilton.