Ben Platt Comes Aboard New Pasek and Paul Musical Dear Evan Hansen: Hear Brand-New Song!

News   Ben Platt Comes Aboard New Pasek and Paul Musical Dear Evan Hansen: Hear Brand-New Song! Ben Platt, formerly of Broadway's The Book of Mormon and the 2012 musical movie "Pitch Perfect," has joined the cast of the world premiere of Dear Evan Hansen, a new musical with a book by Steven Levenson, lyrics by Benj Pasek and music by Justin Paul (Dogfight). The show will premiere this summer at Arena Stage in Washington D.C.

Justin Paul and Benj Pasek
Justin Paul and Benj Pasek Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Michael Greif (Rent, Next to Normal, Dogfight) will direct the musical that runs July 10-Aug. 23. Danny Mefford choreographs with musical direction by Alex Lacamoire.

Broadway producer Stacey Mindich is attached to the contemporary musical.

Here's how it's billed: "A letter, a lie, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to find out what it really means to belong... Dear Evan Hansen is a contemporary, intimate story of hope, heartache and the things in life we all need—friends, family and a place to call home."

"I couldn't be more excited to be a part of this very special piece," Platt said in a statement. "Benj, Justin, Steven and Michael have created a bold, moving and completely original modern musical. It’s an honor and a dream come true to lead this cast, and a gift to be portraying Evan Hansen, such a beautifully complicated and exceedingly human character. I can’t wait for the world to see it."
 

Listen to a clip of Platt singing a song from the show, titled "Waving Through a Window":

 

Visit arenastage.org.

Pasek and Paul earned a Tony Award nomination for their first Broadway score, A Christmas Story (2012).

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