Broadway musical film from director Stephen Chbosky opens in theaters Sept. 24

Brian Welk


The first trailer for “Dear Evan Hansen,” the film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical with Ben Platt reprising his role he played on stage, sends Platt back to high school with the message that “you are not alone.”

“The Perks of Being a Wallflower” director Stephen Chbosky directs the inspiring “Dear Evan Hansen” for the screen, and he’s brought with him an impressive cast that includes Amy Adams, Kaitlyn Dever, Amandla Stenberg, Julianne Moore, Nik Dodani, Colton Ryan, DeMarius Copes and Danny Pino.

Platt in the film stars as an anxious and isolated high school student named Evan Hansen who briefly makes a friend with a boy named Connor just before Connor dies of suicide. After Connor’s suicide, Hansen gets caught in a lie that brings him closer to his classmate’s family, even though he only knew very little about Connor.

The film also has a screenplay show’s own Steven Levenson, who won a Tony for the stage production, with music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (“La La Land”). It features original songs “You Will Be Found,” “Waving Through a Window,” “For Forever” and “Words Fail.”

Marc Platt and Adam Siegel are producing the film. Michael Bederman, Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul are all executive producing.

Universal is releasing the film in theaters on September 24. Check out the first trailer for “Dear Evan Hansen” here and above.

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