Broadway show ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ enters the big screen


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The Broadway play Dear Evan Hansen is performed at the Music Box Theatre.

The Broadway play “Dear Evan Hansen” will be transformed into a movie version and shown to the public on Sept. 24,. The play is about a boy who struggles with social anxiety and tries to find a way in life. He does this by giving into a big lie about being best friends with a boy who commited suicide to get him higher up on the social ladder and with the girl of his dreams. This play was written by Steven Levenson with music written by Justin Paul and Benj Pasek. e play starred actor Ben Platt who has been seen in other shows like “The Politician” and “Pitch Perfect.”

This play has won six Tony Awards and was the winner for the Best New Musical in 2017, the year it debuted on Broadway. Platt is only one award away from having an EGOT which is having won a Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award.

This play will be transformed into a movie by Universal Pictures this upcoming fall. “I am really excited to see what it is going to look like. I am curious how it will turn out. I will watch it for sure in theaters when it comes out,” senior Alex Ochman said.

I cannot wait to be able to see the movie in the theaters…

— Jenna Siman

Marc Platt, Ben Platt’s father, is the producer on this movie alongside Adam Seigel. Marc Platt has produced successful movies such as “La La Land,” “Into the Woods,” “Mary Poppins Returns”, and “Aladdin.” Ben Platt will continue his role as Evan Hansen from Broadway to the screens in theaters. “I cannot wait to be able to see the movie in the theaters and then have the ability to buy it later on and rewatch it as many times as I want to because it is my absolute favorite Broadway play,” junior Jenna Siman said.

Other actors who are starring in this movie include Julianne Moore, Amy Adams, Danny Pino, Amandla Stenberg, Colton Ryan, Nik Dodani, DeMarius Copes, Gerald Caesar and Liz Kate. “There are so many amazing actors in this movie that are really going to bring this movie to real life,” senior Rozhin Fadae said.