Monday, April 22, 2024

Broadway Hit Musical “Dear Evan Hansen” Coming to Movies in September But Will It Come Back to Broadway?


“Dear Evan Hansen” is already a movie.

While we were buying toilet paper, Universal spent the last few months shooting the Tony winning Broadway musical as a film this September.

Ben Platt returns as Evan, the boy who lied, with an all-star cast subbing in for the Broadway performers. Amy Adams, Julianne Moore, Kaitlyn Dever, Amandla Stenberg, Colton Ryan, Nik Dodani, DeMarius Copes and Danny Pino are in the cast.

Stephen Chbosky directed the pic from a script by Steven Levenson, who wrote the book for the stage musical, with music and lyrics by “La La Land” Oscar winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Marc Platt and Adam Siegel will produce for their Universal-based Marc Platt Productions. Michael Bederman, Levenson, Pasek and Paul and the executive producers. If they get Oscar nominations, Marc Platt and Ben Platt will be the first father-son duo at the awards maybe ever.

“Dear Evan Hansen” opened on December 4, 2016 on Broadway and played through mid March 2020. That’s a short time before a movie is usually made from a hit show. But who knows if the theatrical version will return next summer or fall? And wouldn’t the movie siphon off the legit audience?

Anyway, that’s the plan, although nothing is written in concrete, as we know.


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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