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Dear Evan Hansen is a heart-scorching musical about a teen boy so bound up by anxiety and loneliness that he makes mistakes he can't fix and gets stuck in the quicksand of social-media adulation. But eventually, he finds a way to leave self-loathing behind. It's also about parents reaching for their kids as they disappear into their phones and laptops. And it's about the struggle to connect in an era when it seems as if we're all awash in emotional hyperbole online and off. Sounds like a fun time, right? In fact, the play, which has become a huge hit on Broadway since it opened there in December, is cathartic and real and often so funny it's hard to believe that the catalytic event is the suicide of a kid we barely meet. The songs were written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the pair who just won an Oscar for their work on La La Land . This music reaches a generation that can seem jaded or desensitized having come of age with access to the entire world's pain and tribulations in the palm of their hand.
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The problem with many, if not most, family dramas is that the families are so often hateful. Playwright Steven Levenson (book writer of Dear Evan Hansen) avoids that trap in If I Forget, writing about a tribe of middle-aged Jewish neurotics who snipe and squabble after the death of their mother but who basically... Read more »
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Broadway's two hottest new musicals are neck-and-neck at the box office.
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Mashable
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In lots of different ways, 2016 was ... far from ideal. Which made various theatrical productions both serious and not so serious a welcome escape for many fans, whether that come in the form of taking in a show or listening to a cast album on repeat or marathoning YouTube clips in between rage-reading politics articles. In no particular order, here are eight shows that soared in 2016 (to pre-empt angry emails, a reminder that the excellent Hamilton, which you spent most of 2016 listening to on repeat, opened on Broadway in 2015). SEE ALSO: 10 movies we can't wait to see in 2017 1. Dear Evan Hansen Broadway's newest hit (it opened just a few weeks ago) stars Pitch Perfect 's Ben Platt as an awkward and deeply anxious teen who gets caught up in a big lie following the death of a classmate. Soaring and sad, with music by La La Land duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the show explores that all-too-familiar feeling of being an outsider in your world and what happens when you attempt to change that, in one troubling way or another.
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In lots of different ways, 2016 was ... far from ideal. Which made various theatrical productions both serious and not so serious a welcome escape for many fans, whether that come in the form of taking in a show or listening to a cast album on repeat or marathoning YouTube clips in between rage-reading politics articles. In no particular order, here are eight shows that soared in 2016 (to pre-empt angry emails, a reminder that the excellent Hamilton, which you spent most of 2016 listening to on repeat, opened on Broadway in 2015). SEE ALSO: 10 movies we can't wait to see in 2017 1. Dear Evan Hansen Broadway's newest hit (it opened just a few weeks ago) stars Pitch Perfect 's Ben Platt as an awkward and deeply anxious teen who gets caught up in a big lie following the death of a classmate. Soaring and sad, with music by La La Land duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the show explores that all-too-familiar feeling of being an outsider in your world and what happens when you attempt to change that, in one troubling way or another.
Mashable
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In lots of different ways, 2016 was ... far from ideal. Which made various theatrical productions both serious and not so serious a welcome escape for many fans, whether that come in the form of taking in a show or listening to a cast album on repeat or marathoning YouTube clips in between rage-reading politics articles. In no particular order, here are eight shows that soared in 2016 (to pre-empt angry emails, a reminder that the excellent Hamilton, which you spent most of 2016 listening to on repeat, opened on Broadway in 2015). SEE ALSO: 10 movies we can't wait to see in 2017 1. Dear Evan Hansen Broadway's newest hit (it opened just a few weeks ago) stars Pitch Perfect 's Ben Platt as an awkward and deeply anxious teen who gets caught up in a big lie following the death of a classmate. Soaring and sad, with music by La La Land duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the show explores that all-too-familiar feeling of being an outsider in your world and what happens when you attempt to change that, in one troubling way or another.
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Nick Blaemire does a good job of maintaining the incessant fear that time is running out. It begins with a furiously rhythmic piano phrase he pounds out at the opening of "30/90" and continues through the profound if sentimental "Louder than Words." Many see the show as an artist still in search of his voice, but to me this is the show that captures the essence of Jonathan Larson. Steven Levenson's book for "Dear Evan Hansen" is one of the most vividly constructed texts for a musical in recent years. His characters are far more contradictory than typical archetypes, and the dialogue they utter resonates with quiet wit and a greater heartfelt resonance. Centered on a high school student suffering from crippling anxiety who discovers a confidence inside him after a brief encounter with a troubled outcast. The morality of the show is hardly set in stone, imbuing this anti-hero musical with a weighty complexity.
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Song of the year: Bruce Springsteen singing "Purple Rain" in Brooklyn available as a free download. Books: Bruce Springsteen, Born to Run Sarah Bakewell, The Existentialist Café Jonathan Safran Foer, Here I Am A short story collection whose author and name I can't remember but he was male, it was his first collection, and its name started with a "p." The first story was about drugs. The second was about a tennis star retired in Italy. (Anyone?) Nathan Hill, The Nix John Le Carre, The Pigeon Tunnel Jonathan Lethem, Gambler's Anatomy David Szalazy, All that Man Is Michael Chabon, Moonglow Richard Russo, Everybody's Fool Peter Guralnick, Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock n Roll Amos Oz, Judis Stewart O'Nan, City of Secrets Noah Hawley, Before the Fall Michael Lewis, The Undoing Project Movies (of those I've seen, obviously): Manchester by the Sea The Lobster Everybody Wants Some! Arrival LaLa Land Cafe Society Personal Assistant I Am Not Your Negro Hail Caesar Sausage Party Captain Fantastic Hell or High Water Eye in the Sky Doctor Strange Neruda A Bigger Splash Movies not eligible because I've not seen them yet: Moonlight, Jackie, Nocturnal Animals, Things to Come, The Handmaiden, The Lovings, Julieta, Movies I saw in IMAX 3D for $28,99 and pretty much enjoyed but don't think were really movies, but something else that doesn't have a name yet: Star Wars: Rogue One TV Shows: Crazy Ex Girlfriend The League Archer Girls Veep Bojack Horseman Red Oaks The Night Manager Brain Dead Stranger Things Horace and Pete Mozart in the Jungle The Affair The Americans The Good Place Good Girls Revolt Halt and Catch Fire Own Category: OJ Simpson: Made in America Alter-reviews: Live: Dear Evan Hansen: I've been really lucky with iconic Broadway musicals.
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The new musical staked its claim on a piece of Broadway history, while the Oscar-winning actress is posed for a smash hit of her own.
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The Cyclone is a vehicle of transition. Karnac is aided in his prophesies by a giant rat named Virgil. No voyage to the Otherworld can do without its Virgil, however ironic the nod to Dante. The cast is superb: Tiffany Tatreau plays Ocean O'Connell Rosenberg, a red-haired child of hippies, so bossy she dominates in self-promotion, singing "What the World Needs is People Like Me," and puts down her self-effacing bestie Constance Blackwood (Lillian Castillo). Kholby Wardell's Noel Gruber has dreams of living as a French whore. Mischa Bachinski (Gus Halper) sings a rhythmic and reproachful rap. Ricky Potts (Alex Wyse) gets to throw away his crutches. But you will never forget the image of Jane Doe (Emily Rohm), a curly blond outsider with black eyes, okay, decapitated, floating in air. As in the case of the remarkable Dear Evan Hansen, a musical featuring a dead teen, by the way, that started in an off-Broadway production and is now a Broadway hit, Ride the Cyclone would do well in such a transfer, but said the play's Karnac, Karl Hamilton, after a recent performance, it would have to be the right intimate space for such a move.
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The marathon was difficult. I think I bit off more than I could chew. I was exhausted after nine miles, so the final 17.2 were incredibly challenging. I'm not going to run the marathon next year. I need a break from that. And now for some "lightning round questions" with Eric... 1. Favorite Broadway show that you've seen recently: Dear Evan Hansen 2. Top 3 favorite theaters in the country (outside of NYC) where you have performed: Paper Mill Playhouse (Millburn, NJ), Hult Center (Eugene, OR), and the Palace Theatre in Myrtle Beach, SC. 3. You moved to L.A. when you started on Bones . What is the most L.A. thing about you?: I love driving. Love listening to podcasts and the radio. 4. If Zack Addy were a real person, what musical theatre shows would he enjoy?: Urinetown , Little Shop of Horrors , Sweeney Todd . 5. What (non-musical theatre) songs are your karaoke jams?: Somewhere Down the Road Michael Masser, Tom Snow, and my friend Cynthia Weil.
Forbes
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'Dear Evan Hansen', 'A Bronx Tale', 'Holiday Inn', and 'The Great Comet' all proved that Hamilton isn't the only newsworthy show on Broadway this week.
Variety
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Dear Evan Hansen is shaping up to be this seasons Little Broadway Musical That Could, ringing in more than $1.5 million in advance sales since its Dec. 4 opening, with about $1 million of that coming in the day after the rave reviews hit. Perhaps even more remarkably, Evan Hansen, an intimate musical with a little-known... Read more »