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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.

'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!

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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.

Katy Perry Sings 'Waving Through a Window' from 'Dear Evan Hansen' - Listen Now!

Katy Perry has released her own version of the song “Waving Through a Window” from the Tony-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen!

The pop star recorded the song for the Deluxe Edition of the Broadway musical’s cast recording. She released a statement in which she talked about seeing the show for the first time last year and how she related to the song.

“On April 29, 2017, I went and saw Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway, and was emotionally transformed forever. In my own life, I’ve struggled with depression, and like so many, always feeling alone in the battle of wanting to belong,” Katy said. “That night, I was particularly struck by the song ‘Waving Through A Window.’ It embodied the mental isolation I sometimes fought.”

“So when my friends Benj Pasek and Justin Paul came to me and asked if I would like to record this song, not only to help launch the national tour, but to continue the conversation on mental health and all its complexities, I jumped right in. I hope this song helps you know that you are not alone, and that I’m waiving back at you,” Katy added.

Listen to the song below and download it now on iTunes!

Katy Perry Attends Opening Night of 'Dear Evan Hansen' in L.A.

Katy Perry joins composers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul on the red carpet at the opening night performance of Dear Evan Hansen at the Ahmanson Theatre on Friday night (October 20) in Los Angeles.

The 33-year-old entertainer was one of the many celebs at the event and she sat in the audience alongside her longtime friend Johnny Wujek.

Benj and Justin won a Tony Award and a Grammy Award for writing the music to the show. They only need an Emmy to complete their EGOT thanks to their Oscar from La La Land.

More members from the creative team who attended the opening included director Michael Greif, book writer Steven Levenson, and producer Stacey Mindich.

Dear Evan Hansen will play at the Ahmanson though November 25 before departing for other cities across the country.

FYI: Katy is wearing a Balmain dress and Rene Caovilla shoes.

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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!