February 24, 2017
Dr. Leonard H. Golubchick LaborPress Entertainment Editor
New York, NY - “Dear Evan Hansen” is a show reminiscent of “Next to Normal” which was another Second Stage transfer to Broadway. The social emotional context of the show demonstrates the psychological impact of a lonely teenager who is struggling with mixed feelings and issues of adolescence.
The Tony nominated Director, Michael Grief magnificently pulls the show together to emote from the audiences the feelings of a teenager who is lonely and in love. The music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul who did the same for the Oscar nominated” La La Land” provides the underlying pathos which emits the emotional feelings of the show and its star Ben Platt. Ben Platt provides the audience with a Tony worthy performance as the soulful and lonely teenager. Beyond a doubt Mr. Platt performance is sensational and perfectly translates Steven Levinson’s book to gain the accolades of both critics and audiences alike.
The pain of a teenagers love of a school mate played by Lauren Dreyfuss and the suicide of her brother and Evan’s best friend Connor played by Mike Furst brings to life the loneliness and the impact of social media on one’s life as a teenager.
This is a show which can be a tearjerker as it successfully involves the audience in the emotional impact of Evan and the characters involved in his life.
I would not advise bringing children to see “Dear Evan Hansen”. If you want a show which is extraordinary in its energy and pathos then this is the one for you.