My friends and family:
-e the Dear Evan Hansen cast. We KNOW. You love Mike Faist's luscious hair and Kristolyn Lloyd's cleverness. wE UNDERSTAND YOU THINK MICHAEL PARK AND JENNIFER LAURA THOMPSON ARE UNDERRATED ACTORS. RACHEL BAY JONES IS A MUSICAL GENIUS, WE GET IT. THE DEAR EVAN HANSEN CAST IS GREAT. WE KNOW YOU LOVE WILL ROLAND AND HIS ONE LINERS WE FLIPPING KNOW YOU LOVE LAURA DREYFUSS AND HER KINDNESS AND BEN PLATT'S ABILITY TO TAKE ON A CHARRACTER SO WELL. WE GET IT, YOU THINK THE UNDERSTUDIES ARE GREAT AS WELL. THE WRITERS ARE BRILLIANT. YOU LOVE THE DEAR EVAN HANSEN CAST! WE K N O W!
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Book by Steven Levenson; Music and Lyrics By Benj Pasek & Justin Paul
Music Box Theatre, 2016
Starring Ben Platt, Laura Dreyfuss, Rachel Bay Jones, Jennifer Laura Thompson, Mike Faist, Michael Park, Will Roland, Kristolyn Lloyd, Michael Lee Brown, Garrett Long, Olivia Puckett, Colton Ryan, & Asa Somers
an electric guitar is layered and looped with an electric piano in “waving through a window” in order to give the song a digital/computerized feel.
in its earlier stages, DEH used to have a complete ensemble with high school teenagers. The idea was stripped in order to make the show more intimate with only 8 main characters.
alex lacamoire calls the guitar that first appears in “for forever” evan’s “lying sound”; it appears throughout the show whenever evan is making something up.
pasek & paul wrote “requiem” in a style of music that they thought zoe might listen to, like indie-pop.
“disappear” originally only featured conner and evan.
“you will be found” replaced a different act one closing song called “a part of me” because the writers wanted to end act one on a more positive note.
the voices and visuals in “you will be found” were contributed by real DEH fans shared through a “virtual community” on social media.
the note ben holds at the end of the bridge in “good for you” was originally written shorter, but ben decided to hold the note longer one day in rehearsal and pasek & paul decided to keep it in the show.
“words fail” was cut down a lot shorter than originally written in order to save time and get to the underlying message of the song.
“so big/so small” was one of the later additions to the show. It only features heidi’s voice and an acoustic guitar because the writers wanted to include something simple after the overwhelming high-energy of “good for you” and “words fail”.
“finale” was almost not going to be included on the cast album because of it’s shortness but the creative team decided to include it anyway in order for listeners to experience closure similar to what happens onstage.
“But maybe everyone’s a little bit ugly. Yeah, maybe we’re all just ugly, dying sacks of shit, and maybe all it’ll take is one person to just be okay with that and then the whole world will be dancing and singing and farting and everyone will feel a little bit less alone.”