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