The touring production of Dear Evan Hansen opened in Nashville on Tuesday night (Sept. 10) at TPAC. The show did not disappoint while taking us on an emotional ride — and inducing a lot of tears.
The play starts off so simply, making it emotionally effective from start to finish. At the beginning, the theater is filled with cell phone sounds and a simple set with just Evan Hansen (Ben Levi Ross) on his bed sitting at his computer. He’s busy writing a letter his therapist gave him as homework. He writes, “Dear Evan Hansen, today is going to be a great day.”
This letter and social media are what drive the emotionally-driven action in the production. The storyline is carried on through an impressive set design. The intuitive set transitions seamlessly between social media and real-world action.
Another aspect of Dear Evan Hansen that makes it one of our favorite productions recently is, of course, the music. The amazing young voices bring the show to life, making it even more of a powerful story. The standout song, “You Will Be Found,” is also the theme behind the play and the one that brought the audience to tears time and time again. Every actor has a different way of being “found” throughout the show.
If you only see one play this year, let this be it. It’s at TPAC through Sept. 15 and the impeccable acting, including standout character Zoe Murphy (played by Maggie McKenna), make it so worthwhile. Tickets are on sale now on TPAC’s website and they’re also doing a $25 ticket lottery this week. Just don’t’ forget your tissues!