Dear Evan Hansen

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Dear Evan Hansen

Robert Smith, Staff Writer

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Dear Evan Hansen is a musical made by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul along with a novel by Steven Levenson.

The musical is about Evan Hansen, a high school senior with hindering social anxiety that stops him from making friends. After the suicide of a classmate, he gets caught in a lie that brings him closer to the classmate’s family which allows him to gain a sense of purpose.

This musical encourages people to open up and listen about mental illness and youth suicide.

Rating: PG-13

Total Song Time: 1 Hour, 22 Minutes

(Musical Playlist)

Song Recommendations: Anybody Have a Map?; Sincerely, Me; Requiem; Good for You

Awards: Tony Award for Best Musical, Tony Award for Best Original Score, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lyrics, Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.

I enjoyed stumbling upon this musical. It has a wonderful premise and a great soundtrack. I especially agree with its message and would like to see more media discussing topics such as mental health, suicide, depression, anxiety, etc. While this musical does include strong language and themes, it is important to discuss these topics with the younger audience and help them be able to discuss the things that they are feeling and not hold them inside.