On Our Radar | Dear Evan Hansen

BECAUSE HANSEN IS THE NEW HAMILTON…

While some of us are still recovering from the emotional roller-coaster that was this year’s Academy Awards, a high of the night was certainly when our favorite song-writing team, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, went onstage with Justin Hurwitz to accept their Oscar for “Best Original Song.” Truth is, we’ve had a soft spot for the dynamic duo ever since we saw their new musical Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway (if you listen to the show’s chart-topping playlist, we’re pretty sure you will too).

You may have seen the show’s lead Ben Platt on screen in Pitch Perfect, on stage in The Book of Mormon or on the pages of Vogue, but nothing can prepare you for the emotional rawness that is the actor’s voice as he slides though falsetto passages that stab at the heart. He takes center stage as Evan Hansen, a 17-year-old boy crippled by his social anxiety and awkwardness. When a memorial speech that he makes for a classmate who committed suicide goes viral, Evan has the chance of getting everything he ever dreamed of… as long as continues to live, “the lie.”

Outside the untouchable “Hamilton,” you’ll be hard-pressed to find an audience rising for a standing ovation faster, a wholeheartedly deserving reaction to what may be one of the most poignant musicals in the last decade. Sucker-punch-anthems like, “Waving Through a Window” and “You Will Be Found” are heart-felt tearjerkers, but not to fret, sniffles and sobs aren’t the only thing you’ll be taking away from the evening; the show is also laugh-out-loud hilarious. But, most importantly, Hansen’s message feels as timely ever: there’s a place for all of us who have ever felt like an outsider or had a yearning for a better life.

Other Hits On Our Radar

More must-sees hitting Broadway this season… 

1. Sunday In The Park with George
If you’re versed on the works of French painter Georges Seurat or you consider yourself a die-hard Donnie Darko fan, don’t miss this revival on artistic obsession starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford.

2. Amelie
Everyone’s favorite French film hits the Walter Kerr theatre on April 3rd with Hamilton’s Phillipa Soo as its quirky heroine lead.

3. The Little Foxes
On March 29th, catch Cynthia Nixon and Laura Linney in this hit drama about greed and ambition; the show’s set is the work of award-winning scenic designer and this week’s CITIPHILE Scott Pask. CP

 

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