The North American touring company of the Tony Winning musical Dear Evan Hansen stopped by Vancouver as part of Broadway Across Canada‘s 2019/ 2020 season, and if you are not able to catch it in the city, follow the company or see a production when you are able to. Because here’s why.
Dear Evan Hansen brings us a story that is very real, it challenges us to think and reflect on ourselves in this age when it is easy to judge people without knowing what everyone goes through behind the scenes. Similar to director Michael Greif’s previous work, Next to Normal, which dealt with mental illness, Dear Evan Hansen addresses a subject that doesn’t come to mind when thinking of Broadway musicals, in this case, teen suicide. By tackling on this issue, Dear Evan Hansen does its part by targeting its demographic to communicate and create awareness, giving assurance that there will always be someone who can help, who will listen, and who.
The company, headed by alternate Sam Primack in the titular role in the matinee I attended, delivers the show with so much intensity it taps on all your senses and emotions on the first act alone, with the second half not short on the same.
Although devoid of big, frivolous musical numbers, it doesn’t fall short on showstoppers. Its much anticipated Waving Through A Window, performed around 10-15 minutes into the show will not disappoint, thanks to Primack’s powerful vocals which blended perfectly not only into the orchestrations, but to the rest of the cast who equally delivers strong performances. Other notable numbers which I personally enjoyed are For Forever, Sincerely Me, which gives us a lighthearted break, and the first act finale, You Will Be Found.
Dear Evan Hansen won numerous awards including a Tony for Best Musical, and its very easy to see why and how it did. In this musical age where movie adaptations and jukebox musicals are a dime a dozen, Dear Evan Hansen successfully beat the odds to bring us a modern masterpiece that we can only anticipate will last for years.
The touring production of Dear Evan Hansen continues to play North America through May 2021.