PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — It has been called “one of the most remarkable shows in musical theater history” and “a game-changer that hits you like a shot to the heart.”
Dear Evan Hansen opened at the Forrest Theater this week. It’s a powerful story that reminds us of You Will Be Found.
“There’s so much about this show that resonates with so many people,” says Coleen Sexton, who plays Evan’s mother, Heidi Hanson. “Whether it’s a family dealing with grief, or a child who doesn’t fit into school, or a single mother trying to make it work for her teenage son.”
Dear Evan Hansen is the winner of six Tony Awards including Best Musical.
It also won a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album.
The music and lyrics were written by the legendary duo Pasek & Paul, known for their work on La La Land and The Greatest Showman.
Benj Pasek is from Ardmore and his time at Friends’ Central School inspired the show.
“They have created such a stunning work of art, the whole score,” says Anthony Norman, who plays Evan Hansen. “It’s influenced by the strings, and you never see strings in a Broadway musical ditch again. The music has its own character. And, my god, it’s such a pleasure to do that.”
Dear Evan Hansen runs at the Shubert Organization’s Forrest Theater through Sunday, August 28.
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