One time Ben Platt was scared on a plane so he put in his headphones and sang along to the entire soundtrack of Spring Awakening out loud while crying and weirding everyone out and I feel like we don’t talk about this enough
Sterek Little Mermaid AU: Stiles’ home has always been the sea, but for years he’s longed to be on the surface with the humans he loves to observe, to be a part of them just as they’ve always been a part of him. Still, he has never dared to step outside the water, much less find a way to be just like them. That is, of course, until he meets the human that grabs his heart at first sight and naively makes a deal with the Darach hiding in the forbidden caverns, trading his joyful, captivating personality for a pair of legs. (For @pale-silver-comb ♡)
Sometimes I forget. I get caught up in the surface of Dear Evan Hansen. I focus on the ships. I focus on the memes. I focus on the headcanons where they are alright and Connor is alive and Evan is happy and Jared shows emotion. Alanna opens herself up and Zoe doesn’t have the weight of her abusive brother sitting on her shoulders. I resort to thinking of that because that is the story I want in the end. That is what I want for all of them; We all want that for them.
But listening to the whole show on live audio, I remember. Connor is dead. He was so sick and unsupported that he felt that committing was the only way out. Evan isn’t just a quirky awkward teenager. He has crippling social anxiety and often cannot ask for the help he needs. Jared hides his emotions because he is incredibly insecure to the point of having to cover it up with sarcasm in order to feel okay. Alanna has trouble connecting with people, so she pushes herself away. Zoe WAS abused by Connor, and it affects her a lot.
This show isn’t happy. This show isn’t a fun show filled with laughs and good times. It’s heartbreaking. And it’s supposed to be. But it’s also supposed to be warm, and relatable, and make you feel things that a lot of other musicals (or media in general) often don’t want to make you to feel. That’s whats so incredibly special about this show. It means something. It stands for something.
As fun as it is to get caught up in the little fun aspects of the show, I feel like at times, we all forget. Make sure to remind yourself sometimes.