“Dear Evan Hansen” won a leading six Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The story focuses on a high school student with an anxiety disorder dealing with the fallout of a classmate’s suicide. Ben Platt won the Best Actor (Musical) prize for his dazzling performance as this troubled teen. On Sunday’s show, he soloed on “Waving Through a Window” before being joined by the rest of the ensemble, included featured actress winner Rachel Bay Jones, for the closing chorus. (Watch his show-stopping performance above).
The score is by recent Oscar winner Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (“La La Land”) who won a Tony for their efforts as did book writer Steven Levenson and orchestrator Alex Lacamoire. The cast album debuted at number eight on the Billboard charts, the highest opening weeks sales of a Broadway show since 1961’s “Camelot.”