I don’t remember how I got to know Dear Evan Hansen, the musical. Maybe it is because I so love songs from various musicals and I adore Broadway musicals that is why my algorithm just simply popped Dear Evan Hansen on my internet searches in the past.
And since I live half-way around the world away from New York City, I just have to satisfy myself from listening to the beautiful soundtrack of this musical and watch snippets on YouTube of Ben Platt singing the musical’s songs on American TV shows.
One of my workmates can attest that I am a fan of this musical because when he (Chef Juan Carlos Lima) travelled New York for a short holiday 2 years ago, I actually asked him to buy me a souvenir shirt of Dear Evan Hansen. Chef Juan Carlos when I was showing him the photo of the Dear Evan Hansen shirt looked so puzzled and so funny because he does not have any idea on what I was talking about.
But now that I am in New York, I promised myself that no matter what, I will have to watch this award-winning musical. And I did not fail myself because last Wednesday I got to actually see it at the Music Box Theatre!
Dear Evan Hansen though profoundly contemporary will definitely struck everyone’s inner chord. Everyone can actually relate to the story and there seem to be like an Evan Hansen in all of us! And I agree to the popular reviews in past that it will instantly pierce the viewers’ heart and will burrow it through to their consciousness. I for one was crying. As in like C.R.Y.I.N.G! I was like having waterfalls on my freaking face! And I was not the only one who was crying because I can actually see and hear people in the audience sniveling, sobbing and clearing their snot!
May you be a young or an old person, a parent, a person with or without a parent, a student, a worker, a friend, a person with insecurities (which everybody got), a person who feels being like an outsider (who hasn’t?), Dear Evan Hansen definitely is one of the most relatable musicals I have ever seen! Even on the first song, you will already be so hooked because it is way too relatable! It is as if the musical knows us so much and was written about each and every one of us.
I thought I already saw my favorite musical when I was here in New York four years ago. Well, I guess that has changed. And I think it would take a very beautiful masterpiece of a musical to topple Dear Evan Hansen as my favorite. Dear Evan Hansen is clearly an EXPERIENCE!
I only have one wish now that I have seen Dear Evan Hansen. And that is someday, this great musical arrive the shores of Manila because like what the musical says…‘no one deserves to be forgotten’. And when it arrives in Manila, I will be one of the first persons to watch it again.
Ang galing! Peyborit!