DEAR EVAN HANSEN
2021 is the year of stage to screen adaptations of beloved musicals. Trailers for In the Heights and West Side Story have dropped, and now, here comes Dear Evan Hansen with original Broadway star and Tony winner Ben Platt. Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) directs with a screenplay by Steven Levenson (Fosse/Verdon) Levenson also penned the musical’s book.
The musical became a worldwide phenomenon as it tackles teen mental health issues and suicide with an honest and approachable method. The music by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul is more than a bunch of catchy ear worms, as the songs became anthems for the teenagers who saw the musical and felt those same pressures Evan is going through.
The film boasts a strong cast with Julianne Moore, Amy Adams, Danny Pino, Amandla Stenberg, and Colton Ryan. As Evan’s mom, Heidi, I cannot wait to hear Julianne Moore sing “So Big/So Small”, an Act II anthem that will no doubt leave you in tears.
Opens in theaters: September 24, 2021
Here’s the trailer