There are many things which make Pasek & Paul’s Broadway tragedy, Dear Evan Hansen, a favorite among fans of musical shows. It is a show that has become as famous as Hamilton not just because of performance but also because of the themes that it deals with. Dear Evan Hansen unravels the story of a teenager who suffers from social anxiety and thus faces a difficult life of isolation.
Before the start of his senior year his psychiatrist asks him to write himself a letter which will help him overcome his fears in the real world. As the plot proceeds, Evan Hansen finds himself deeply tangled in the life of another major character, Connor. Connor is another teenager who is victim of isolation because of his drug addiction. Evan and Connor’s mothers also play a significant role as they share their tear-jerking emotions with the audience.
Thus, along with touching on matters life social anxiety and consequences of drug addiction, Pasek & Paul also touch on the structure of family and the role it plays in the life of any teenager. Evan Hansen must come to terms with himself if he wants to take part in life like any other teenager. The tragedy is backed up by well-composed music and stunning on-stage performances which will not let you blink. Within the span of two acts, the plot will take you on an emotional ride that you will find difficult to part from as it comes to an end and Evan Hansen writes another letter to himself thus concluding his journey in words. The collaboration of classical theatrical aesthetic and contemporary theme, Pasek & Paul have presented a very strong Broadway musical show.
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