The trailer for Dear Evan Hansen has dropped, delighting diehard fans of the musical and those who never got a chance to see it on Broadway or the West End alike.
But for newbies to the play, the trailer is also an introduction to its plot – and boy, is it a trip.
While the poster for the Broadway musical may have had you thinking that Dear Evan Hansen was about a gay teenager with a broken arm, people are now realising that the Tony Award-winning show is about a teen who lies about being best friends with a classmate who died by suicide.
Ben Platt, 27, has revived his role as 17-year-old Evan Hansen, a high school teenager with few friends who has been tasked by his therapist to write letters to himself to cope with his anxiety.
One of his letters is stolen by his classmate Connor Murphy (Colton Ryan), who earlier signed his arm cast. Connor later takes his own life, and after Evan’s letter is found with him, his parents believe the letter to be their late son’s suicide note addressed to his best friend.
Yeah, we wouldn’t have guessed this either (Picture: Universal Pictures)
Evan proceeds to lie about being Connor’s best friend and creates an online persona for him, through backdated emails he claims to have been sent between them.
The situation gets out of control, with Evan going viral with a speech about loneliness and friendship at Connor’s memorial, and uses his fake relationship with Connor to pursue a romantic relationship with Connor’s sister Zoe (Kaitlyn Dever).
Yep. It’s pretty bleak.
Those who already have seen Dear Evan Hansen revelled in people discovering the plot via the trailer, while others were rather taken aback upon reading the plot synopsis online.
Still, harrowing plot or not, Dear Evan Hansen looks set to be one of the year’s biggest releases.
The teen drama also stars Julianne Moore, Amy Adams, Danny Pino and Amandla Stenberg, and will feature new songs as well as those made famous in the musical, including Waving Through A Window.
Dear Evan Hansen premiered on Broadway in 2016, and the following year it won six Tonys, including best musical, best actor for Ben Platt and best actress for Rachel Bay Jones.
It has also won a Grammy for best musical theatre album and an Emmy for outstanding musical performance in a daytime programme for the cast’s performance of You Will Be Found on Today.
Dear Evan Hansen is set for release on September 24, 2021.
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