Dear Evan Hansen – Act 1

Dear Evan Hansen

Hello everyone! 

First of all, we would like to apologize for being so inactive lately. A lot has been going on! But we promise to be more active from now on. 

Today, we are bringing you the first Act of this Broadway Musical: Dear Evan Hansen. 

We believe it is something you should all take your time to watch, you can learn a lot about it, and we wanted to share it with all of you before it disappears from the internet. 

Synopsis of Act 1:

Evan Hansen is a teenager diagnosed with social anxiety. His therapist recommends that he write letters to himself detailing what will be good about each day. Before the first day of his senior year in high school, his mother, Heidi, suggests that he make new friends by asking people to sign the cast on his arm, which he broke by falling out of a tree over the summer.

Across town, the wealthy Murphy family—Cynthia, Larry, and their children Zoe and Connor—sit down to breakfast. Zoe and Larry berate Connor for getting high before school, while Cynthia struggles with the fact that her family is falling apart. The two mothers wonder simultaneously how to connect with their sons (“Anybody Have a Map?”).

At school, Evan runs into Alana, a precocious but somewhat self-absorbed classmate, and Jared, his only (family) friend. Both Alana and Jared notice his broken arm, but neither signs his cast. Evan then runs into Connor, who interprets Evan’s awkwardness as making fun of him, resulting in Connor’s pushing Evan to the ground. Connor’s sister Zoe, whom Evan has a crush on, feels obligated to apologize for her brother’s behavior. Evan wonders if this is his destiny—to be ignored and an outcast—for the rest of his life (“Waving Through a Window”).

Evan writes himself another letter. He states he has given up on having a good year and wonders whether anyone would notice if he were not there. He remarks that all his hope is now pinned on Zoe since his crush on her is the only thing that brings him happiness (“Waving Through a Window” (Reprise #1)). While printing the letter in the school’s computer lab, he encounters Connor again, now much more subdued than he was in the morning, who offers to sign his cast. After signing the cast, he reads Evan’s letter (which he grabbed from the printer as a favor) and becomes furious at the mention of Zoe, thinking Evan intended for him to see the letter in order to make fun of him. He storms out, taking the letter with him.

Several days pass with no sign of Connor. Evan is in an intense state of anxiety over what Connor might have done with the letter, and tells Jared online about his assignment to write letters to himself, and how he’s worried about what Connor might have done with the letter. Later, Evan is called to the principal’s office and is told that Connor died by suicide days before, with Evan’s letter found in his pocket, which they believe is a suicide note addressed to him. Evan goes to Connor’s house for dinner. Jared had instructed him to “nod and confirm”, avoiding lying directly or adding anything new, but his awkwardness makes him stumble and he lies, pretending they had been best friends, stating they emailed in secret. The Murphys don’t question this because Larry had been reading Connor’s main account. Zoe and Cynthia get into an argument, and Evan jumps in, recounting a fictional version of the day he broke his arm at an abandoned apple orchard the Murphys had visited (“For Forever”). Later, Heidi reminds Evan that he needs to begin applying for college scholarships. She mentions hearing about Connor’s death, but Evan tells her not to worry and that he didn’t know Connor. After realizing he needs evidence of his supposed “secret email account”, Evan enlists Jared’s help in creating fake, backdated email conversations between himself and Connor (“Sincerely, Me”).

After Evan shows the Murphy family Connor’s “emails”, Cynthia is ecstatic that her son had a friend, but Larry is more hurt that Connor took his family and his privileged life for granted. When Cynthia tries to show Zoe the emails, she is angry, remembering Connor’s violent and scary behavior. They argue again, but Zoe still refuses to mourn Connor (“Requiem”). Despite this, after reading the suicide note, Zoe notices that she is mentioned and asks Evan why Connor would say that about her. Evan, unable to tell her the truth, tells her all the reasons he loves her under the guise of Connor saying them (“If I Could Tell Her”). Overcome with emotion, he impulsively kisses Zoe, but she pulls away and tells him to leave.

At school, Evan and Alana notice that people are starting to forget about Connor. Spurred on by a vision of Connor, Evan enlists Alana and Jared’s help in founding “The Connor Project”—an organization dedicated to keeping Connor’s memory alive. The three pitch the idea to the Murphys, who agree to support the project (“Disappear”). Moved by his dedication, Cynthia gives Evan a necktie she had gotten for Connor that he had never worn and asks Evan to wear it when he speaks at Connor’s memorial service. At the official launch of The Connor Project, Evan gives an inspiring speech about his loneliness and friendship with Connor, which goes viral. Zoe, overcome by the impact her brother and Evan have had, kisses him (“You Will Be Found”).

We will be publishing Act 2 by the end of the week! 

Post made thanks to Montse M. 

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