Deadline
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Mashable
19 days
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
19 days
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
19 days
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.
The Huffington Post
19 days
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.
The Huffington Post
a month
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.
Deadline
a month
New York Times - Theater
a month
Forbes
a month
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.
The Huffington Post
a month
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.
The Huffington Post
a month
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
a month
'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
a month
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 »
Variety
a month
The Broadway box office came down from its annual Thanksgiving spike last week but remained plenty healthy, as last-minute business drove up the numbers at Jersey Boys and Heisenberg while two shows, Dear Evan Hansen and A Bronx Tale, got promising launches. Among individual titles, most shows declined but not Jersey Boys ($1,085,083),... Read more »
Variety
a month
The Broadway opening of buzzy new musical Dear Evan Hansen had Hollywood connections all over the place. First, of course, were the movie ties to songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, theater-world favorites who are having something of a Tinseltown moment. For one thing, they were the lyricists on La La Land, Damian Chazelles awards contender... Read more »
Variety
a month
The very thought of a Broadway transfer of Dear Evan Hansen might chill the blood of theatergoers who loved this bittersweet show when it played in the intimate setting of Off Broadways Second Stage Theater. But through the alchemy of Michael Greif, who directed the original productions at Arena Stage and at Second Stage, Broadways... Read more »
Deadline
a month
PerezHilton
2 months
OMG, we LOVE this song! We first shared Waving Through A Window over a year and a half ago when the show Dear Evan Hansen had yet to even premiere. And now they're killing it on Broadway! Related: Mike Pence Speaks Out About Getting Booed At Hamilton As a special treat for those who have not yet seen the show, Pitch Perfect star Ben Platt (with a cameo from costar Laura Dreyfuss ) brought the full nuance of his character to this performance from Tuesday night's Late Night with Seth Meyers . Ch-ch-check out the emotion that reaches right through the fourth wall (above) and grab YOUR tickets for Dear Evan Hansen HERE ! Late Night with Seth Meyers airs weeknights at 12:37 a.m. EST on NBC !
Deadline
2 months
Following its sold-out and critically acclaimed run last spring at off-Broadway's Second Stage, Dear Evan Hansen took off in its first week of Broadway previews. The musical about the impact of a teen's suicide and a note mistaken for his last words, on another troubled boy played seven performances the Shubert Organization's Music Box Theatre and rang up $804K in sales. Nearly all 984 seats were filled at each preview, scoring 91 per cent of its gross potential at an...
Variety
2 months
Mashable
2 months
A new Broadway show is attempting to smash down the barriers between reality and fiction by using technology. Dear Evan Hansen , a Broadway show by Benj Pasek, Justin Paul and Steven Levenson, is one of the first major musicals to incorporate social media on and off stage. During the show, the IRL audience is overwhelmed with social media feeds, Microsoft documents, email exchanges, Kickstarter petitions and this immersive push continues off stage with livestreams on Periscope. The integration of social media into this particular Broadway show makes a lot of sense. Not only does it help tap into a younger audience demographic, it also matches the underlying themes in Dear Evan Hansen , such as isolation in the internet age and the dangers of anonymity online. Read more... More about Social Media , Periscope , Broadway , and Entertainment
Vanity Fair
3 months
Benj Pasek and Justin Paul met when they were undergrads at the University of Michigan. Thirteen years later, they open their first musical on the Great White Way.
The Huffington Post
4 months
By Christopher Caggiano, ZEALnyc Contributing Writer, September 19, 2016 The upcoming New York theater season is shaping up to be a very busy one, at least in terms of new musicals aiming for a Broadway bow. As of this writing, there are already nine new musicals scheduled to open on Broadway during the 2016-2017 season: Anastasia, A Bronx Tale, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Come From Away, Dear Evan Hansen, Groundhog Day, Holiday Inn: The New Irving Berlin Musical, In Transit , and Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 . These in addition to (shudder) Paramour , which opened earlier in the summer, but after the Tony deadline. There are also a few musicals that have announced a Broadway run, but have so far not booked a specific theater, including The Bandstand, Amélie and Half Tim e (formerly Gotta Dance ). Also rumored to be circling for a Broadway landing are The SpongeBob Musical and Magic Mike , although the latter appears to taking a detour to Las Vegas first.
Variety
8 months