Dear Evan Hansen (Tcg Edition) (Paperback)
Theatre Communications Group, 9781559365604, 144pp.
Publication Date: May 30, 2017
"The musical finds endless nuances in the relationships among its characters, and makes room for some leavening humor, too. . . . it should also appeal to just about anyone who has ever felt, at some point in life, that he or she was trapped 'on the outside looking in, ' as one lyric has it. Which is just about everybody with a beating heart."--Charles Isherwood, The New York Times
"Smartly crafted, emotionally open-hearted and ideally cast, it's a new musical that has been embraced by millennials--yet its appeal is universal. Dear Evan Hansen is the best new musical of the year "--Terry Teachout, Wall Street Journal
An original musical that explores the poignant desire for human connection in the tumultuous life of one young man. Evan is shy, lonely, and bullied for it--teeming with the irrepressible emotions all too familiar with anyone who's ever been a teenager. After a tragedy strikes, Evan's life suddenly gets turned around, but is it ultimately for the better?
*This publication includes the book and lyrics to the musical, as well as a foreword by James Lapine. Please note that it does not include the musical score.*
Benj Pasek and Justin Paul's previous collaborations include the musical Dogfight (Lortel Award for Best New Musical), A Christmas Story, the Musical, James and the Giant Peach, and Edges. Their music for the movie La La Land earned them a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award for Best Original Song.
Steven Levenson's plays include The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin (Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Memorial Playwriting Award), Core Values, The Language of Trees, and Seven Minutes In Heaven. He is currently a writer and producer on Showtime's Masters of Sex.