Connor finds Evan's letter on the printer and reads it; he becomes furious at the mention of Zoe, thinking Evan intended for him to see the letter in order to make fun of him. The show comes to Durham March 12-17. Michael Park, who originated the role of Larry in the Arena Stage production, returned for the Broadway production (replacing John Dossett who went on to the musical War Paint). Surely that's a process requiring time-released hormonal adjustments. Coming through loud and clear, however, is the fact that what starts as deceit can be blown totally out of proportion by the Internet where lies are disseminated with lightning speed leaving plenty of victims in their wake [...] The music is pleasant, not terribly original but good enough to get toes tapping. It’s a special place for me. Dear Evan Hansen is a recipient of the 2015 Edgerton Foundation New Play Award. "[49], Charles Isherwood, in his review of the Second Stage production for The New York Times, noted: "The songs, by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (Dogfight, A Christmas Story), strike the same complex notes, with shapely, heartfelt lyrics that expose the tensions and conflicts that Connor’s death and Evan’s involvement cause in both families. Lazar, a Duke University graduate, plays the role of Larry Murphy in the musical that won six Tony Awards in 2017, including Best Musical. In Dear I didn’t know at the time that it was going to change the direction of my life.”, Lazar credits that change of trajectory to the moment when Duke professor and Durham theater pioneer Jeff Storer cast Lazar in a production of Rogers & Hammerstein’s “Carousel.”, “Performing in that reminded me of how much I loved musical theater, which I had done in high school,” Lazar said. The cast album, produced by Alex Lacamoire, featuring the band from both the original Off-Broadway and Broadway productions, including Ben Cohn (piano), Jamie Eblen (drums), Justin Goldner and Dillon Kondor (guitars), Rob Jost (bass), Justin Smith, Todd Low and Adele Stein (strings)[16] and won the 2018 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. The parts are: MD/Keyboard; Violin; Viola; Violoncello; Guitar 1; Guitar 2; Bass Guitar/Upright Bass; and Drums. Ben Levi Ross, Aaron Lazar, Christiane Noll, and Maggie McKenna Photo by Matthew Murphy: Whether it's boredom with musicals based on hit movies or "behind-the-scenes" pop rock star bios, or just a hunger for stories that speak to issues of American life in this particularly perplexing time, Dear Evan Hansen has certainly struck a nerve. But 20 years ago, he was a music major at Duke with an ambitious plan to study opera and keep up with the demands of a pre-med curriculum. A Universal Pictures film adaptation, co-produced by Marc Platt, the father of Ben Platt (who will reprise his performance in the title role), and directed by Stephen Chbosky, began production in 2020. Dear Evan Hansen is a stage musical with music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, and book by Steven Levenson.[1]. [38] Also starring in the tour were Christiane Noll in the role of Cynthia Murphy, Aaron Lazar as Larry Murphy, Marrick Smith in the role of Connor Murphy, Maggie McKenna in the role of Zoe Murphy, and Stephen Christopher Anthony as the alternate Evan Hansen. “The show does a brilliant job of showing the double-edged sword that is technology and social media and these devices,” he said. The musical has its origins in an incident that took place during Pasek's high school years at Friends' Central School. He disappears, leaving Evan alone. The themes are probably most appropriate for teenagers, Lazar said, but he’s also seen younger kids at previous performances. [19] American singer Katy Perry re-recorded "Waving Through a Window" to promote the show's national tour. It debuted on the New York Times bestseller list at #2 for the week of October 28, 2018. [28] After announcing that performances would take place at the Belasco Theatre, in mid-September 2016, producers announced that the show would instead perform at the Music Box Theatre. 526k Followers, 239 Following, 1,282 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Dear Evan Hansen (@dearevanhansen) Evan goes to the Murphys, only to discover they invited Heidi for dinner. Larry offers him an old, unused baseball glove of Connor's ("To Break In a Glove"). A full workshop took place in March 2015 at Gibney Dance Center. [12] The song was released as a second pre-order bonus the next day. Understudies Erin Breen, Malinda Carroll, Jay Davis, David Jeffery, Laura Mae Nason, Kaitlyn Santa Juana and Josh Strobl rounded out the cast. He vaguely admits that his fall from the tree was a suicide attempt. Evan admits his fabrication, explaining he had been hopeful that he could forge a genuine bond with the Murphys out of the tragedy. But from start to finish, when Evan leaves his room and finds an authentic life outside it, Dear Evan Hansen contains far more joy than sadness. It's the finest, most emotionally resonant score yet from this promising young songwriting team. Impressionism (Mar 24, 2009 - May 10, 2009) Performer: Aaron Lazar [Ben Joplin] PlayDramaOriginal. After Evan shows the Murphy family Connor's "emails," Cynthia is ecstatic that her son had a friend, but Larry is hurt that Connor took his family and his privileged life for granted. When you have both, it really is theater as its best.”. For details, go to dpacnc.com/events/detail/dear-evan-hansen or lottery.broadwaydirect.com/show/deh-durham/. Evan, unable to tell her the truth, tells her all the reasons he loves her under the guise of Connor saying them ("If I Could Tell Her"). The project was initially called The PPL Project. Tearfully, Heidi promises that she will always be there for him when he needs her ("So Big / So Small"). Zoe Murphy – Connor's younger sister and Evan's longtime crush. [47], Derek Mong, in his review of the musical at the Arena Stage, wrote that the "inventive set design by David Korins...that transforms a small stage into a platform for the most intimate living room where a mother and son share a heart-to-heart to the physical abyss of internet cyberspace... book by Steven Levenson... lyrics and music by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul... heartfelt lyrics with universal appeal joined by the perfect, oftentimes acoustic, accompaniment that can change the mood from somber to celebratory to sinister in a single bar of music. Lazar said that audiences should feel free, even encouraged, to bring children to the show. If you were fortunate enough to be one of the many who caught the touring production of the Tony Award-winning musical DEAR EVAN HANSEN during its Southern California stops at L.A.'s … “It’ll be really nice to come back there with this show, which is a very important piece of theater, and bring it to that community in Durham.”. [83][84] On December 15, 2020, Universal Filmed Entertainment Group chairwoman Donna Langley confirmed that the film will wrap production that month. Evan goes to Connor's house for dinner. [74] Joining them are Kaitlyn Dever as Zoe Murphy, Julianne Moore as Heidi Hansen, Amy Adams as Cynthia Murphy, Danny Pino as Larry Murphy, Nik Dodani as Jared Kleinman and Amandla Stenberg as Alana Beck. “I’m super grateful for the training I had at Duke, which I didn’t know at the time would lead to this life’s path,” Laza said. [24][25][26][27] The Off-Broadway engagement closed on May 29, 2016. 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