Dear Evan Hansen [Original Broadway Cast Recording]

Dear Evan Hansen [Original Broadway Cast Recording]

by Benji PasekBenji Pasek


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About a high schooler with social anxiety disorder who takes a troubling route to find human connection, Dear Evan Hansen is a 2015 stage musical with music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, lyricists for Academy Award darling La La Land. Its book was written by Steven Levenson, a writer/producer for TV's Masters of Sex. The show premiered in Washington, D.C. in the summer of 2015 and, after some off-Broadway stops, opened at Broadway's Music Box Theatre in December 2016. The Broadway cast album was recorded that same month and stars Ben Platt, who originated the title role. Platt had appeared in the music-themed films Pitch Perfect, Pitch Perfect 2, and Ricki and the Flash prior to taking the part, and is also an alumnus of Broadway's The Book of Mormon. His nimble performance does the heavy lifting for the show, with Evan taking part in all but three of the 14 songs (not counting a reprise of "Sincerely, Me" that doesn't appear on the cast recording). A heartfelt song set with lighter and more theatrical moments, the show's cast is accompanied by an eight-piece orchestra led by piano and acoustic guitar. Emotional highlights include Platt's "Waving Through a Window" and "Only Us," a duet with Laura Dreyfuss as Zoe. Following enthusiastic reviews and a strong YouTube presence, Dear Evan Hansen entered the Billboard 200 at number eight upon release in February 2017, the highest debut for a cast recording since Camelot in 1961. (Hamilton: An American Musical eventually climbed higher but debuted at number 12.)

Product Details

Release Date: 02/24/2017
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075678662515
catalogNumber: 558631

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Benji Pasek   Primary Artist
Tim Young   Vocals
Dillon Kondor   Guitar
Todd Low   Viola
Gerard Canonico   Vocals
Jason Tam   Vocals
Jenn Colella   Vocals
Rob Jost   Bass
Ben Cohn   Piano,Conductor
Natalie Weiss   Vocals
Adam Halpin   Vocals
Justin Goldner   Guitar
Becca Ayers   Vocals
Asa Somers   Vocals
Carrie Manolakos   Vocals
Remy Zaken   Vocals
Ken Marks   Vocals
Mykal Kilgore   Vocals
Brenda Wehle   Vocals
Adele Stein   Cello
Mary Bacon   Vocals
Tamika Lawrence   Vocals
Stephen Kunken   Vocals
Justin Smith   Concert Master
Jamie Eblen   Drums

Technical Credits

Pete Ganbarg   Producer
Serino Coyne   Media Consultant
Michael Greif   Director
Alex Lacamoire   Arranger,Producer,Executive Producer,Orchestration
Peter Nigrini   Project Design
Nevin Steinberg   Sound Design
Ben Cohn   Music Direction
Christopher Jahnke   Orchestration
Derik Lee   Engineer
Justin Paul   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Enrico De Trizio   Programming
Benji Pasek   Composer,Producer
Katrina Elliott   Company Manager
Stacey Mindich   Producer
Danny Mefford   Choreographer
Wendy Orshan   Executive Producer
Jeffrey M. Wilson   Executive Producer
David Korins   Scenic Design
Scott Wasserman   Programming
Tara Rubin   Casting
Judith Schoenfeld   Stage Manager
Lindsay Levine   Casting
Steven Levenson   Book
Ari Conte   Song Assistants

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