I re-read my thoughts on the Off-Broadway production and they're not bad, you should read them for more context. The show itself hasn't changed all that much in its move; I just checked the Playbill from Second Stage and all of the songs remain in the show. What changed, at least for me, was my response to the show. Of course I was moved, and sobbed, the last time it played, but all of those emotions were heightened and intensified last night. I was practically heaving with sobs by the end of the show and my tears/emotion started much earlier in the evening. Whether that's because I knew the show and knew where it was going already, or whether its because the show worked even better for me last night, I don't know.
|photo credit: Joan Marcus|
|photo caption: Sara Krulwich|
Platt is not the only actor making a splash in Dear Evan Hansen. The entire cast is incredibly wonderful. Rachel Bay Jones was just heartbreaking as Evan's mom, especially in the scene leading up to "So Big/So Small." But Jennifer Laura Thompson was also wonderful as the other mom in the show; I've been a big fan of hers since Urinetown. The teens were also terrific, especially Laura Dreyfuss as Zoe. She had a knowing ingenuousness, if that makes sense, and was totally natural and a quiet compelling center in her scenework.
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