By: Delia Geyer/Content Editor
Dear Evan Hansen, a musical by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul was first premiered in 2015 at the Arena Stage, in Washington D.C., and was later shown Off-Broadway from March to May 2016. Dear Evan Hansen is currently on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre in New York City.
Dear Evan Hansen is about a high school senior, Evan Hansen, who suffers from social anxiety disorder. Hansen’s therapist tells him to write letters to himself about things like why “today is going to be a good day”, basically to give himself pep talks. A classmate, Connor Murphy commits suicide, which is where the plot twists. A lie starts to be spread around about Hansen and Murphy, which Hansen entertains in order to make the relationship between the two seem different than it actually was. Hansen also expresses his love for Murphy’s sister.
While the intriguing plot is enough to want to see or listen to the Broadway hit, there is so much more to it. The music and lyrics by Pasek and Paul is enough to send shivers down your spine. When listening to the original Broadway recording, starring Ben Platt, you can feel every emotion that he portrays.
The soundtrack to Dear Evan Hansen will leave you basking in sadness and happiness all at the same time. While listening to it, you will feel joy, love, heartbreak, and everything in between.
While I have not personally seen Dear Evan Hansen, I know from listening to it, that it is an absolutely beautiful musical.
“This heart-scorching musical about the struggle to connect feels like a hallmark of this particular moment in history. It’s an old-school interactive experience in which you show up in person and sit very close to whomever you came with. It’s a visceral exchange, one that feels primal and rare.” – TIME Magazine