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September 24, 2021

At the Movies: In ‘Dear Evan Hansen,' a Broadway hit ages poorly

AP Film Writer

The journey from stage to screen, so often a perilous one, has been particularly bumpy for “Dear Evan Hansen.”

The Broadway show, starring Ben Platt as a lonely, anxiety-racked teenager who turns into a social media sensation after exaggerating his friendship with another, more hostile loner who kills himself, was an overwhelming hit. It won six Tony Awards in 2017, including best new musical and acting honors for Platt's star-making performance. Here, from book writer Steven Levenson and songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (“La La Land”), was a Broadway musical that didn't sugarcoat adolescent pain, grief or yearning for acceptance.

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