On Monday, Sept. 20, 2010, at 3:04 a.m., budding Broadway songwriters Justin Paul and Benj Pasek sent an email to New York manufacturer Stacey Mindich, describing their enthusiasm on the “excellent meeting” they had with her and her staff.
“We can not tell you how humbled and blessed we believe,” they wrote, “that intelligent manufacturers and theatre kinds like yourself are prepared to assist us create an idea to get a musical with no source material or accommodated material, but a narrative from our own lives and from our hearts.”
With this, “Dear Evan Hansen” was found on the tough road to victory.
It is hard to pinpoint the moment an idea takes its initial step step en route to becoming a terrific musical — in this scenario, one which would premiere in Washington’s Arena Stage, afterwards property on Broadway and finally garner nine Tony Award nominations, trophies for which it’ll vie Sunday night at Radio City Music Hall.
The winner of six Tony Awards including Best Musical, DEAR EVAN HANSEN is your deeply personal and intensely modern musical about life and how we reside.
A letter which was not supposed to be viewed, a lie which was not intended to be told, a life that he never dreamed that he would possess. Evan Hansen is going to receive the 1 thing he has always wanted: a opportunity to eventually match.
“Among the most remarkable displays in musical theatre history.” — The Washington Post