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A ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ movie is hitting theaters this year

Dear “Dear Evan Hansen” fans, this year is going to be a good year and here’s why: The hit musical is coming to theaters in September

Stephen Christoper Anthony as Evan Hansen and the North American touring company of “Dear Evan Hansen,” which visited Salt Lake City in 2020. The musical is getting a movie adaptation starring Ben Platt, who originated the role of Evan Hansen on Broadway.
Matthew Murphy

Dear “Dear Evan Hansen” fans, this year is going to be a good year and here’s why: The hit musical is coming to theaters.

Actor Ben Platt, who originated the role of insecure teen Evan Hansen on Broadway, will again take center stage for the movie adaptation, which hits theaters Sept. 24, according to Deadline.

The big-name cast also includes Julianne Moore as Evan’s mother, and “Enchanted” star Amy Adams, who will play the mother of Connor Murphy, Evan’s classmate who dies by suicide, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Infused with humor and warmth, “Dear Evan Hansen” manages to tackle heavy subjects like social anxiety, bullying and suicide, the Deseret News previously reported.

“Art communities and cultural event centers have the ability to reach a broader population with this important message in a way that we may not have been able to engage them otherwise,” Allison Foust, suicide prevention administrator for the Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, told the Deseret News last year when a touring production of “Dear Evan Hansen” visited Salt Lake City.

“Dear Evan Hansen” won six Tony Awards in 2017, and its original cast recording took home the 2018 Grammy Award for best musical theater album, according to the Deseret News.