“DEAR EVAN HANSEN (ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST RECORDING)”
MAKES BILLBOARD HISTORY WITH EXTRAORDINARY FIRST WEEK DEBUT
ATLANTIC RECORDS’ OFFICIAL COMPANION TO ACCLAIMED NEW MUSICAL
ENTERS “BILLBOARD 200” AT #8
SUCCESS MARKS HIGHEST CHARTING DEBUT FROM ORIGINAL CAST ALBUM SINCE 1961
COLLECTION ALSO DEBUTS AT #4 ON “BILLBOARD TOP ALBUMS SALES” CHART
AS WELL AS #1 ON “TOP BROADWAY ALBUMS” CHART
NEW ALBUM FEATURES MUSIC & LYRICS FROM
GOLDEN GLOBE-WINNING, ACADEMY AWARD-NOMINATED TEAM OF
BENJ PASEK AND JUSTIN PAUL
AVAILABLE NOW AT ALL DSPs
PHYSICAL RELEASE DUE ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH
DEAR EVAN HANSEN NOW RUNNING AT BROADWAY’S MUSIC BOX THEATRE
STREAM/PURCHASE THE ALBUM HERE: http://atlanti.cr/DearEvanHansen
“DEAR EVAN HANSEN (ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST RECORDING),” Atlantic Records’ official companion to the acclaimed new musical, has made an extraordinary debut on the Billboard 200, entering the chart at #8 with sales equivalents in excess of 28,000 – the highest charting debut position for an original cast album since 1961. In addition, the album debuted at #4 on Billboard’s “Top Album Sales” and “Top Current Albums” rankings, #1 on the “Top Broadway Albums” chart, and #3 on the “Current Digital Albums” chart. “DEAR EVAN HANSEN (ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST RECORDING) is available now for streaming and purchase at digital retailers nationwide (see http://atlanti.cr/DearEvanHansen); physical editions arrive in stores on Friday, February 24th.
One of only seven cast albums to reach the top 20 of the “Billboard 200” in the last 50 years, “DEAR EVAN HANSEN (ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST RECORDING)” is indeed proving a phenomenon. The album’s historic success marks the second highest digital sales debut ever for a cast album – bested only by Atlantic’s own GRAMMY® Award-winning “HAMILTON (ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST RECORDING)” – as well as the third best-selling debut from a cast album in the Nielsen SoundScan era, following that album and 1996’s “RENT (ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST RECORDING).”
Now playing at Broadway’s Music Box Theatre, DEAR EVAN HANSEN features music and lyrics by the Golden Globe Award-winning team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (currently recipients of two “Best Original Song” nominations for the 89th Academy Awards honoring their work on LA LA LAND), with a book by Obie Award-winner Steven Levenson. The musical is directed by Tony Award nominee Michael Greif (RENT, NEXT TO NORMAL), with music supervision and orchestrations by Tony and GRAMMY® Award-winner Alex Lacamoire (HAMILTON, IN THE HEIGHTS). “DEAR EVAN HANSEN (ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST RECORDING)” is produced by Lacamoire, Pasek, and Paul; Lacamoire also executive produced. Lead producer Stacey Mindich is the album’s co-producer, and Pete Ganbarg (HAMILTON) is the producer for Atlantic Records.
DEAR EVAN HANSEN has drawn exceptional critical acclaim since its 2015 world premiere at Washington, CD’s Arena Stage. March 2016 saw the original musical begin its record-breaking Off Broadway run at the renowned Second Stage Theatre followed in December by its long-awaited opening at Broadway’s Music Box Theatre. A “gorgeous heart-breaker of a musical,” wrote Charles Isherwood of The New York Times. “It should also appeal to just about anyone who has ever felt, at some point in life, that he or she was trapped ‘on the outside looking in,’ as one lyric has it. Which is just about everybody with a beating heart.” “DEAR EVAN HANSEN is the best new musical of the year,” declared The Wall Street Journal’s Terry Teachout. “Smartly crafted, emotionally open-hearted and ideally cast, it’s a new musical that has been embraced by millennials – yet its appeal is universal.”
A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to finally fit in. Both deeply personal and profoundly contemporary, DEAR EVAN HANSEN is a new American musical about life and the way we live it.
The cast of DEAR EVAN HANSEN includes Obie Award-winner Ben Platt, Laura Dreyfuss, Rachel Bay Jones, Jennifer Laura Thompson, Mike Faist, Michael Park, Will Roland and Kristolyn Lloyd, and Michael Lee Brown, Garrett Long, Olivia Puckett, Colton Ryan, and Asa Somers.
DEAR EVAN HANSEN features scenic design by David Korins, projection design by Peter Nigrini, costume design by Emily Rebholz, lighting design by Japhy Weideman, sound design by Nevin Steinberg and hair design by David Brian Brown. Music supervision, orchestrations and additional arrangements are by Alex Lacamoire. The music director is Ben Cohn. Vocal arrangements and additional arrangements are by Justin Paul. Danny Mefford is the choreographer. Casting is by Tara Rubin Casting, Lindsay Levine, CSA. Adrienne Campbell-Holt serves as Associate Director. Judith Schoenfeld serves as Production Stage Manager.
DEAR EVAN HANSEN is produced on Broadway by Stacey Mindich, Mickey Liddell, Hunter Arnold, Caiola Productions, Double Gemini Productions, Fakston Productions, Roy Furman, Harris Karma Productions, On Your Marks Group, Darren Bagert, Roger & William Berlind, Bob Boyett, Colin Callender, Caitlin Clements, Freddy DeMann, Dante Di Loreto, Bonnie & Kenneth Feld, FickStern Productions, Eric & Marsi Gardiner, Robert Greenblatt, Jere Harris and Darren DeVerna, The John Gore Organization, Mike Kriak, Arielle Tepper Madover, David Mirvish, Eva Price, Zeilinger Productions, Adam Zotovich, Ambassador Theatre Group, Independent Presenters Network, and the Shubert Organization. Executive Producers are Wendy Orshan and Jeffrey M. Wilson, in association with Arena Stage, Molly Smith and Edgar Dobie, and Second Stage Theatre, Carole Rothman, and Casey Reitz. Jayne Hong and Rachel Weinstein are Associate Producers.
Tickets for DEAR EVAN HANSEN (starting at $69) are available at the Music Box Theatre box office, on Telecharge.com, or by calling (212) 239-6200.
“DEAR EVAN HANSEN (ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST RECORDING)”
PHYSICAL RELEASE: Friday, February 24th
- Anybody Have a Map? – Rachel Bay Jones & Jennifer Laura Thompson
- Waving Through a Window – Ben Platt & Cast
- For Forever – Ben Platt
- Sincerely, Me – Mike Faist, Ben Platt & Will Roland
- Requiem – Laura Dreyfuss, Michael Park & Jennifer Laura Thompson
- If I Could Tell Her – Ben Platt & Laura Dreyfuss
- Disappear – Mike Faist, Ben Platt, Kristolyn Lloyd, Will Roland, Jennifer Laura Thompson, Michael Park, and Laura Dreyfuss
- You Will Be Found – Ben Platt, Kristolyn Lloyd, Will Roland, Laura Dreyfuss & cast
- To Break In a Glove – Michael Park & Ben Platt
- Only Us – Laura Dreyfuss & Ben Platt
- Good For You – Rachel Bay Jones, Kristolyn Lloyd, Will Roland & Ben Platt
- Words Fail – Ben Platt
- So Big/So Small – Rachel Bay Jones
- Finale – Ben Platt & Cast