Sunday, April 21, 2024

Broadway: “Dear Evan Hansen” Soundtrack CD Zooms to Number 1, Bette Midler’s “Hello, Dolly!” Sinks


The “La La Land” curse is over for songwriter Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Back in February they were almost the songwriters of the Best Picture with “La La Land.” That was until all hell broke loose and it turned out “Moonlight” had won the Oscar. Luckily, they did win Best Song and Best Score.

Now their soundtrack for “Dear Evan Hansen” has soared to number after the Tony Awards win last night. The show won Best Musical, and Pasek and Paul won Best Score. Ben Platt performed on the Tony show, and sent the album as we used to say “flying off shelves.”

On amazon, where Broadway albums do most of their business, “Dear Evan Hansen” is number 1 (after Glen Campbell’s final album, “Adios”), “Hamilton” and “Come from Away” are also in the top 20. “Hello, Dolly!”– which didn’t have a real performance on the show– is at number 22, followed by “The Great Comet.”

Over on iTunes, “Dear Evan Hansen” is number 1 and “Hello, Dolly!” is at a lowly 65.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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