|re: Defending Evan Hansen (from today's Broadway Maven Weekly Blast)|
|Last Edit: Delvino 07:32 pm EST 01/27/23|
|Posted by: Delvino 07:28 pm EST 01/27/23|
|In reply to: re: Defending Evan Hansen (from today's Broadway Maven Weekly Blast) - broadwaybacker 11:43 am EST 01/27/23|
|I find the moral ambiguity the best thing about the story told - letting the audience decide the thematic takeaways - though it did feel far less of a Rorschach Test on screen. The push to make Evan an antihero for our times. The lush cinematic take on his eleven o’clock spot epiphany - “Words Fail” - pushed the reckoning’s edginess into romantic adolescent chest beating. I felt the opposite watching him on stage, and the recording made me tear up.
Long after seeing Platt on Broadway two months into the run, I began to have trouble with the show having it both ways, notably in “You Will Be Found,” which became anthemic. And it’s a paean to outsider survival constructed on a lie. Yet it consistently created sobbing in the theater, many report. Now, in the shadow of George Santos (sorry, Evan flashed before me last week), a plea of self aggrandizement makes us squeamish. I get that it’s unfair to dump that on a story of a sad teenager but the show does wallow in all the bathos conjured at that “Found” assembly.
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