In the year 2009, a musical came to life that changed the way we view theatre. It was a very witty, and yet very serious take on the way mental illness can affect not just one person, but an entire family. That show was called Next to Normal, and it was the eighth musical ever to win a Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It did not win Best Musical at the Tony Awards. That show has been very important to me throughout a large portion of my life, and I have always been slightly hurt that it did not receive the award. I truly believe that it was so groundbreaking, the community at large was not prepared for such a show. Fast forward to 2015, and a new show opens. It is called Dear Evan Hansen. Being that they are both directed by Michael Greif, of course I had high hopes. It went beyond anything I could’ve expected. This was the first time that a show, to me, ever compared to Next to Normal. Tonight, I had to honor to see Ben Platt win best actor for this musical. I have also seen Dear Evan Hansen win best musical at the Tony Awards. A lot of people may not understand why this is so significant for me, and I have trouble explaining it myself. The Broadway community has always done so much for me, and has been the place where I can fit in. Dear Evan Hansen winning tonight brings so much joy to my heart, and I feel like the community has come a long way since 2009. You will be found.