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'Dear Evan Hansen' Creators Donate $100,000, Will Work to 'Undo an Unjust System'

The creators of the Tony-winning Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen have announced that they will be working to use their voice and reach “to undo an unjust system.”

Composers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, book writer Steven Levenson, director Michael Greif, and producer Stacey Mindich wrote an open letter to fans announcing a $100,000 donation to two organizations “to help effect change both in our theater community and on a national level.”

“We have spent the last several days listening to the Black members of our companies, our community, our country, and the world, as they share with us their pain, their suffering, and their heartbreak. These truths, we must admit, are not new. The systemic racism against Black people and communities is not new. A theatrical culture in which Black voices have been silenced and erased is now new,” the wrote in the letter. “And as we mourn the unspeakable losses of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, we recognize that the brutal murder of Black people is not new.”

“The shameful reality is that, for all too long, the injustices and inequities endured by our fellow citizens, our peers, and our friends have gone unheard and unheeded. The shameful reality is that none of it is new,” they added. “What must be new is our commitment not merely to listen, but to act, and to act now.”

$50,000 is being donated to the Broadway Advocacy Coalition, to sponsor an industry-wide “Continuing the Conversation” Forum in early 2021. The other $50,000 is being donated to Color of Change.

The DEH creators say they are “examining” their own practices and “looking inward, assessing the personnel, policies, and systems of our show at every level, in every department, and at every location.”

The letter was concluded, “Dear Evan Hansen is about community and connection. We will use our voice and our reach to apply those values in working to undo an unjust system. Even now, while our theaters are empty, our show will not be silent.”

In other news, find out which star is in talks to join the cast of the Dear Evan Hansen movie.

A Star-Studded 'Saturday Night Seder' Will Be Streaming Tonight!

A star-studded roster of celebrities will be participating in an online Passover Seder tonight!

While they’re quarantined at home, celebs like Ben Platt, Idina Menzel, Cynthia Erivo, Billy Porter, and many more will be coming together on the fourth night of Passover.

Oscar, Grammy, and Tony-winning songwriter Benj Pasek teamed up with Broadway actor Adam Kantor a few years ago to reimagine the Passover story and they teamed up with a more writers to put together a fun, virtual experience for fans.

Madam Secretary actor Erich Bergen, who successfully produced the return of The Rosie O’Donnell Show last month, is helping produce this event as well.

The star-studded lineup also includes Pamela Adlon, Jason Alexander, Skylar Astin, Shoshana Bean, Mayim Bialik, Rachel Brosnahan, D’Arcy Carden, Andy Cohen, Darren Criss, Fran Drescher, Billy Eichner, Beanie Feldstein, Harvey Fierstein, Tan France, Ilana Glazer, Josh Groban, Richard Kind, Nick Kroll, Dan Levy, Judith Light, Camryn Manheim, Milo Manheim, Debra Messing, Busy Philipps, Henry Winkler, Finn Wolfhard, and many more.

Saturday Night Seder will take place TONIGHT (April 11) at 8pm ET on YouTube. Viewers are encouraged to donate to the CDC Foundation’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund.

Cynthia Erivo & Shoshana Bean Sing for the Clintons at Second Annual Holiday Concert!

Cynthia Erivo and Shoshana Bean belt out a song together during their second annual Night Divine holiday concert on Monday (December 16) at the Apollo Theater in New York City.

The Broadway stars combined their incredible voices for an evening of song and holiday cheer.

Cynthia and Shoshana had many special guests at their concert, including Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, The Greatest Showman and Dear Evan Hansen composer Benj Pasek, Schitt’s Creek‘s Dan Levy, legendary music exec Clive Davis, Broadway producer Justin Mikita, and more.

FYI: Cynthia and Shoshana are wearing looks by Christopher Palu and Christian Siriano.

10+ pictures inside of Cynthia Erivo and Shoshana Bean performing at the Apollo… More Here! »

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'Dear Evan Hansen' Opens in London, Composer Benj Pasek Walks Carpet with Boyfriend Kevin Sobieski!

Benj Pasek holds hands with boyfriend Kevin Sobieski while attending the opening night of his musical Dear Evan Hansen on Tuesday (November 19) at the Noel Coward Theatre in London, England.

The 34-year-old composer and songwriter was joined at the event by his co-composer Justin Paul, who attended with his wife Asher.

Pasek and Paul are the Oscar, Tony, and Grammy-winning songwriters behind Dear Evan Hansen, The Greatest Showman, and La La Land.

Also in attendance at the opening night were director Michael Greif, producer Stacey Mindich, book writer Steven Levenson, and orchestrator Alex Lacamoire.

Glee‘s Kevin McHale and Doctor Who‘s David Tennant both checked out the performance that evening.

Dear Evan Hansen won six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, in 2017. It’s still a big hit on Broadway!

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Ben Platt & Keala Settle Step Out for Clive Davis' Pre-Grammys Party

Ben Platt suits up for Clive Davis’ Pre-Grammy Gala and Grammy Salute Industry Icons Honoring Clarence Avant on Saturday night (February 9) at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The 25-year-old actor and singer looked so handsome in a black tux as he was joined at the event by Keala Settle – who slayed in a sparkling gown.

Other stars at the event included Rita Wilson, Natasha Lyonne and boyfriend Fred Armisen along with songwriters Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, and Diane Warren.

Inside the show, Keala took to the stage to perform The Greatest Showman‘s hit song “This Is Me.”

Watch below!

20+ pictures inside of the stars at the party…More Here! »

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'Roma' Cast Get Support from Darren Aronofsky, Mike Myers & More at NYC Screenings!

Gabriela Rodriguez and Marina de Tavira happily strike a pose together at MoMA’s Contenders screening of their critically acclaimed film Roma held at the MoMA Titus One on Wednesday (November 28) in New York City.

That same day, the producer and the 44-year-old actress attended their New York Tastemakers screening of Roma at Crosby Street Hotel and got support from director Darren Aronofsky, Mike Myers and his wife Kelly Tisdale, and Oscar winner Benj Pasek.

The film was directed by Alfonso Cuaron and it’s getting a ton of awards buzz. While it won’t be released on Netflix until December 14, the film was released in limited theaters this past weekend.

The movie played in only three theaters in New York and Los Angeles and while Netflix isn’t reporting grosses for the screenings, sources tell THR that nearly all showings were sold out. The film grossed around $90,000 to $120,000 over opening weekend.

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'Greatest Showman: Reimagined' Album Stream & Download - Listen Now!

The brand new album The Greatest Showman – Reimagined is out now!

The all-star companion album features new version of the songs originally found on the chart-topping soundtrack. Some of the highlights include Pink‘s “A Million Dreams,” Kelly Clarkson‘s “Never Enough,” Panic! At the Disco‘s “The Greatest Show,” and Sara Bareilles‘ “Tightrope.”

The Greatest Showman soundtrack, featuring the music of Oscar winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, was certified 2x platinum for sales in excess of two million copies. It is one of only three albums released since December 2017 to receive 2x platinum certification.

Listen to the album below via Spotify and download it now on iTunes.