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Broadway's 'Dear Evan Hansen' to Become a Young Adult Novel

Broadway's 'Dear Evan Hansen' to Become a Young Adult Novel

The smash hit Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen will soon become a young adult novel that you can read at home!

Val Emmich has written an adaptation of the Tony-winning show, which will be published this October by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

The show’s writer Steven Levenson explained to The New York Times why the creative team behind the musical decided to turn it into a novel.

“We have felt a certain discomfort with the fact that it is so expensive to come see the show, we can only have 1,000 people a night, and there are so many people who can’t come to New York,” he said. “There were people responding to the show without having even seen it, and we did feel like, what are some ways that we can get this show to more people?”

There will also be parts of the book that you don’t get to experience in the show, including moments that are only alluded to on stage. Composers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul sent Emmich songs that weren’t used for the musical and Levenson provided scenes that were cut. The material was reworked to be used in the novel!

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