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DEAR EVAN HANSEN MUSICAL PRODUCTION REVIEW
Dear Evan Hansen has surpassed Josh Groban as Broadway’s biggest new hit. With $1.1 million in its pockets, this musical is creating a huge buzz that is drawing ardent fans across the board. Its average ticket price of $141 remains one of the highest box office rates in its niche. This amazing hit was originally in book form and the creativity of Steven Levenson led to its seamless transition to a wave-making high school musical. Benj Pasek and Justin Paul wrote the musicals for Dear Evan Hansen. It is on track to be one of the most successful pieces of musical theater ever to originate in Washington.
The plot is centered on the peculiar problem of communicating in a time where technology has made it easier to reach out to people. Evan Hansen is a friendless high school student who achieves Internet fame due to a misunderstanding he perpetuates in regards to his supposed closeness to another troubled classmate who committed suicide. The twists in the story line help to accentuate the challenges that the younger generation face in today’s world. The gripping effects of the story and the raw show of emotions make this story one of the most amazing productions to ever grace Broadway. Parents can gain more insight and understanding into their children. Children can watch and learn how challenging it is for their parents to understand them at times. Grandparents, well, they will get to view this communications conundrum from all angles and certainly gain a good chuckle along the way.
This record-setting, sold-out musical has been attracting positive reviews from leading names in the industry and beyond. Peter Marks of the Washington post calls it ‘’A heart-piercing trip to the place that musical theater can sometimes take us to.’’ He believes that this musical, which was first performed on November 14, 2016, holds the ace in every range. On the other hand, Charles Isherwood of the New York Times proclaims “This is a superb musical with great heart and humor.’’
When you leave a musical with one or two great songs running through your head, it can be said to be a success. However, leaving a musical with about 10 great songs running through your head is pretty much unheard of. The power of Dear Evan Hansen has set a new height that may not be surpassed by any production for many years. This is a performance that anyone serious about the arts absolutely must see and a performance certain to draw in permanently that first time attendee to a Broadway performance.
This production pairs the Tony-nominated composing team of Justin Paul and Benj Pasek, the three time Tony Award nominated director, Michael Greif and the award-winning playwright, Steven Levenson in a very remarkable journey that will change the face of high school musicals.
The cast of the musical include Ben Platt, Laura Dreyfuss, Jennifer Laura Thompson, Will Roland and so much more.
Dear Evan Hansen – June 2017
Dear Evan Hansen has been taking the Broadway world by storm throughout all of 2017 and that intensity ratcheted up on the night of the Tony Awards. The phenomenal musical took home a whopping six Tony Awards and was the undisputed king of the evening. Dear Evan Hansen was the winner of Best Musical and leading man Ben Platt was the winner of Best Performance By An Actor In A Leading Role In A Musical.
Rachel Bay Jones was the winner of Best Performance By An Actress In Featured Role In A Musical. Alex Lacamoire was the winner for Best Orchestrations. Steven Levenson won for Best Book of a Musical. Benj Pasek and Justin Paul won for Best Score with Dear Evan Hansen.
The musical is absolutely on fire right now with box office sales soaring and smashing records left and right. Following the Tony Awards the Musical announced new performances through April of 2018 which promptly sold out almost immediately. The Musical also announced plans to go on a National Tour in 2018. The only thing we know so far is that the National Tour will commence in Denver. More details are forthcoming.
So what is about Dear Evan Hansen that is making fans continue to sell out every single performance? The musical appears to be connecting people in a very special and powerful way. Look no further than the typical throngs of teenagers begging stars of the show to sign autographs after each performance. The musical addresses issues related to adolescent anxiety and development and how social media fits into one’s life and can impact emotions and interactions. If there ever was a musical that could connect teenagers and parents in a big way in this era of connectivity and social media, it is indeed Dear Evan Hansen.
Teenagers love it. Parents are grateful and thankful after the musical given its ability to help teens and parents understand each other. Patrons with no current connection to a teenager love it as well for all that it does and many, many other reasons. Make sure you find a time to go see and experience Dear Evan Hansen.
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For anyone that has watched Dear Evan Hansen, Benn Platt is definitely not a new face. The show has grown into Broadway’s biggest hit and has outdone previous incredible shows such as Josh Groban. Ben Platt plays the title character in the show and he does quite an amazing job. Born Benjamin Schiff Platt on the 24th of September 1993, Ben Platt is a renowned American actor who is known for his amazing talent and outstanding personality.
Ben was born the fourth of five children in Los Angeles, California to Julie and Marc Platt. He has roots in the entertainment industry as his father is a TV, film and theatre producer who has been credited for working in projects such as the musical Wicked. Ben’s family is Jewish.
Ben Platt went to Harvard – Westlake University School found in Los Angeles from which he graduated in 2011. He earned himself a spot in Columbia University in New York. During the time he was to be in the University, Ben entered into a contract with The Book of Mormon. The situation demanded that he temporarily take a break from college in order to see the contract through to completion. After completing the contract Ben resumed his college education and even joined Nonsequitur A Cappella the musical group of the campus.
Ben Platt started showing an interest and amazing talent in acting from an early age. At just 9 years of age, Ben was featured in The Music Man in which he played the role of Winthrop Paroo at the Hollywood Bowl. He was cast alongside Kristin Chenoweth. When he was 11, Ben was featured on a brief national tour of Caroline, or Change which was originally done by Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori. Five years later, Ben Platt was cast in the role of Jean Valjean in a remarkable youth theatre production of the renowned Les Misérables.
Ben also worked in the film Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2. In the film, he took up a supporting role in which he played Benji Applebaum, a character that is magic-obsessed. Ben depicted his character impeccably which earned him a nomination for the Teen Choice Award in the category of Choice Movie: Male Scene Stealer. Other projects in which Ben has worked include a collaboration on Alice by Heart’s workshop. He has also taken up the role of Claude Bukowski in a musical theatre production done by Columbia of Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical. Ben was featured in the role of Josh in 2016’s Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk and as Daniel in 2015’s Ricki and the Flash.
2016 saw Ben launch his career breakthrough with the title role in Dear Evan Hansen. The Broadway musical has grown so popular and become one of the greatest hits in recent time. Ben’s performance on the musical is just remarkable and has been critically acclaimed for his great work.
Ben Platt has been a rather notable figure in the entertainment industry. His talent in the industry has definitely not gone unnoticed. He has been nominated for and has won a number of awards. On the 19th of May, 2017, Platt was announced to have won the Drama League Awards’ Distinguished Performance Award. The award is typically given in recognition of a brilliant performance made on the New York Stage in the previous year. It is a notable award given the fact that it can be won only once in the career of an individual. The award was in recognition for his performance on Dear Evan Hansen. Being only 23 at the time of the win, Platt has gone down in history as the youngest winner of the award in its entire history.
Before the win, Ben Platt had received a nomination for the Outer Critics Circle Award for his performance on Off-Broadway. For the same show, Ben won the Lucille Lortel Award in the category of Outstanding Lead Actor in Musical as well as an Obie Award. He also bagged a Tony Award in the category: Best Actor in a Musical at the 71st Tony Awards.
Ben plays the title character in Dear Evan Hansen, a high school student with no friends who gets famous on the internet due to a misunderstanding in the twisted story of his closeness to a classmate who commits suicide.
One of the more popular and catchy songs emerging from the brilliant Broadway Musical Dear Evan Hansen is “For Forever”. The songs begins much like the overall persona of the lead character: a sort of bumbling and trembling lack of self-confidence and consistent self-doubt that fuels Evan Hansen. As the song progresses the energy and emotions rise and fall much like they do when you assess the musical as a whole.
The lead actor performs the song masterfully live. The “aww-schucks” self-doubt rises along with the emotions associated with the changing landscape (for the better primarily) of the social life of a teenager. The loss of one creates the bridge to the gain of a new relationship and growth of emotions and feelings. Confidence soars. The music makes your heart rate flutter and soar. “For Forever” will be one of those songs you blast while driving and feel the energy of the song and the road beneath you vibrate your soul and mind simultaneously. A true gem – “For Forever”.
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