‘Dear Evan Hansen’ is the hit Broadway musical about an awkward teenager who tells a small lie that snowballs out of control. Broadway fans are bound to fall for this show: It won six Tony Awards this year (including Best Musical and Best Original Score), and the score has drawn comparisons to other hit shows like ‘Wicked’ and ‘Next to Normal.’ By all accounts, Ben Platt’s performance as the title character is nothing short of sublime, and his brilliance comes through on the soundtrack. The songs run the emotional gamut, from angsty (“Waving Through A Window”) to romantic (“If I Could Tell Her” and “Only Us”) to silly (“Sincerely Me”) and unbearably sad (“For Forever” and “Words Fail”). Highly recommended.
Jessica Sheff (Staff) (Preston Library)