Check Out the First Shots of Ben Platt, Laura Dreyfuss, Rachel Bay Jones in New Pasek-Paul Musical Dear Evan Hansen

News   Check Out the First Shots of Ben Platt, Laura Dreyfuss, Rachel Bay Jones in New Pasek-Paul Musical Dear Evan Hansen
 
Dear Evan Hansen, the new musical from Tony Award-nominated songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul that stars "Pitch Perfect" actor Ben Platt , is now in previews for a July 30 opening at Arena Stage in Washington D.C.

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

Platt is joined by Rachel Bay Jones (Pippin) as Heidi, Laura Dreyfuss ("Glee," Once) as Zoe, Tony Award nominee Jennifer Laura Thompson (Wicked, Urinetown) as Cynthia and Emmy Award winner Michael Park ("As the World Turns," Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) as Larry with Mike Faist (Newsies) as Connor, Alexis Molnar (59E59's Harbor) as Alana and Will Roland (Center Theatre Group's The Black Suits) as Jared.

Pasek and Paul earned a Tony Award nomination for their first Broadway score, A Christmas Story (2012). They also wrote the music for the acclaimed Off-Broadway musical Dogfight and James and the Giant Peach

Broadway producer Stacey Mindich is attached to the contemporary musical. The creative team also includes scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Emily Rebholz, lighting design by Japhy Weideman, sound design by Clive Goodwin, projection design by Peter Nigrini, music direction by Ben Cohn, New York casting by Tara Rubin, stage manager Judy Schoenfeld and assistant stage manager Michael McGoff.

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."

"It's an incredibly beautiful show," Platt shared with Playbill.com at this year's Miscast gala. "And, it's just so new and accessible in a way that a lot of modern musicals I don't think are for a wider range. Of course, the young people are going to love it, but I think there is something for everyone because it's really about parents and children."

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

Arena Stage is under the leadership of artistic director Molly Smith and executive producer Edgar Dobie. Visit ArenaStage.org.

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