Starring: Ben Platt, Kaitlyn Dever, Amandla Stenberg, Nik Dodani, Colton Ryan, Danny Pino, Julianne Moore, Amy Adams
Musical drama directed by Stephen Chbosky based on the award-winning musical of the same name. Dear Evan Hansen (2021) centers on Evan Hansen (Ben Platt), a high school student with social anxiety disorder whose letter to himself, one that was not meant to be seen by others, lands into the wrong hands of fellow classmate, Connor Murphy (Colton Ryan), who, as a result, commits suicide. This sends Evan on a journey of self-discovery and gives him the chance to finally be accepted by his peers and live the life he never dreamed he could have.
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Evan Hansen: [writing a letter to himself] Dear Evan Hansen, today is going to be an amazing day, and here’s why.
Heidi Hansen: Have you been doing those letters to yourself with Dr. Sherman?
Evan Hansen: I’ve been trying to.
Connor Murphy: No one’s signed your cast.
[signs Evan’s arm cast with his name]
Connor Murphy: Now we can both pretend we have friends.
Zoe Murphy: I’m sorry about my brother.
Evan Hansen: I wish everything was different. I wish I was part of something. I wish that anything I said, mattered.
Connor Murphy: [reading from his letter] Dear Evan Hansen.
Evan Hansen: Yeah. Yeah, that’s mine. I’ll just take it.
[Connor walks off with the letter]
Evan Hansen: Wait. Wait I really, I need that back!
Evan Hansen: Connor took a letter from me and it was an assignment from my therapist.
Jared Kalwani: Ew.
Principal: [to Evan] Connor’s mother and stepfather are here to see you.
Cynthia Murphy: [gives Evan his own letter] Connor wanted you to have this. “Dear Evan Hansen,” he wrote it to you.
Larry Murphy: His last words. Connor took his own life.
Evan Hansen: He what?
Evan Hansen: I’m sorry, Connor didn’t write this.
Cynthia Murphy: No, no, no. Please. What is this?
[she sees Connor’s name on Evan’s arm cast]
Larry Murphy: We didn’t think Connor had any friends.
Jared Kalwani: I mean, are you really going to tell these people that the only thing they have left of their son is a letter that you wrote to yourself?
Cynthia Murphy: So, you and Connor, tell us something, please.
Evan Hansen: Right. Um.
Evan Hansen: I started talking.
Jared Kalwani: And couldn’t stop.
Evan Hansen: They didn’t want me to stop.
Alana Beck: [to Evan] I’m putting together a memorial service. If you wanted to do something…
Evan Hansen: [as Connor’s memorial service] Connor showed me that, I wasn’t alone. Nobody is.
Evan Hansen: [singing] Have you ever felt like nobody was there? Have you ever felt forgotten in the middle of nowhere? Have you ever felt like you could disappear? Like you could fall and no one would hear. Even when the dark comes crashing through. When you need a friend to carry you. And when you’re broken on the ground. You will be found
Evan Hansen: [singing] So, let that lonely feeling wash away. Maybe there’s a reason to believe you’ll be okay. Because when you don’t feel strong enough to stand. You can reach. Reach out your hand.
Heidi Hansen: [to Evan] I didn’t know that you were hurting.
Evan Hansen: If you knew who I am. Just how broken I am.
Heidi Hansen: I already know you. And I love you.
Alana Beck: [to Evan] A lot of people feel like us.
Jared Kalwani: People started sharing it. It’s everywhere.
Cynthia Murphy: I don’t understand what happened.
Evan Hansen: You did.
Zoe Murphy: [to Evan] You don’t know how much you’ve given my family and me.
Alana Beck: [to Evan] Were you ever actually friends with him?
Evan Hansen: I have to tell them.
Evan Hansen: I never meant to make it such a mess. I was trying to help.