Dear Evan Hansen at Anderson's Bookshop
Join us for an exciting evening of conversation and live musical performances from the Tony, Oscar & Golden Globe-winning team behind the musical Dear Evan Hansen. Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, and Val Emmich will present "Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel," an expansion of the characters and story popularized by the musical that has been praised as one of the most remarkable shows in musical theater history by the Washington Post.
The authors will speak and take questions from the audience before a musical performance of some of their greatest hits! A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to National Alliance on Mental Illness DuPage.
Also appearing at this event are Broadway stars Marya Grandy, Alexis Roston, and Jessica Fontana, and the discussion will be moderated by Kris Vire, a writer and theater critic for The Chicago Sun-Times.
All tickets include one pre-signed copy of the new book and admission for one or two people. You will receive your book when you arrive at the event. They will not be available for pick up before that time. The number on your ticket is not for a signing line, but for a door prize opportunity noted below.
Meet and Greet opportunity:
All tickets are automatically entered into the drawing for a chance to meet the team after the event and have a photo taken. Additional chances are offered with the purchase of additional books at the event (which can be donated to NAMI-DuPage).
Seating is first come, first served. Please carefully note the event start time and plan to arrive before that time. We cannot guarantee the length of time that any author will be with us.
Tickets are non-refundable. If you miss the event, in order to receive your book you will need to contact us within 30 days of the event.
PLEASE NOTE that this event follows the author's and publisher's wishes and may mean limits on photos and the number of signed or personalized books. Anderson's Bookshop is not responsible for changes made by the author to the guidelines prior to or during the event. Your understanding is appreciated.
More about the book:
From the show's creators comes the groundbreaking novel inspired by the hit Broadway show "Dear Evan Hansen."
"Dear Evan Hansen,
Today's going to be an amazing day and here's why..."
When a letter that was never meant to be seen by anyone draws high school senior Evan Hansen into a family's grief over the loss of their son, he is given the chance of a lifetime: to belong. He just has to stick to a lie he never meant to tell, that the notoriously troubled Connor Murphy was his secret best friend.
Suddenly, Evan isn't invisible anymore - even to the girl of his dreams. And Connor Murphy's parents, with their beautiful home on the other side of town, have taken him in like he was their own, desperate to know more about their enigmatic son from his closest friend. As Evan gets pulled deeper into their swirl of anger, regret, and confusion, he knows that what he's doing can't be right, but if he's helping people, how wrong can it be?
No longer tangled in his once-incapacitating anxiety, this new Evan has a purpose. And a website. He's confident. He's a viral phenomenon. Every day is amazing. Until everything is in danger of unraveling and he comes face to face with his greatest obstacle: himself.
A simple lie leads to complicated truths in this big-hearted coming-of-age story of grief, authenticity and the struggle to belong in an age of instant connectivity and profound isolation.
MORE ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Val Emmich is a writer, a singer-songwriter and an actor who was called a Renaissance Man by the New York Post. He has had roles in many TV shows, including 30 Rock, Vinyl and Ugly Betty, and is the author of Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel.
Benj Pasek and Justin Paul are the Tony, Oscar and Golden Globewinning songwriting team behind the Broadway musicals Dear Evan Hansen and A Christmas Story, The Musical. Other musicals include Dogfight, James and the Giant Peach, and Edges. Film projects include: La La Land (Lionsgate); Trolls (Dreamworks Animation); The Greatest Showman (FOX). Upcoming film projects include Snow White (Walt Disney Pictures); Medusa (Sony Pictures Animation); Aladdin (Walt Disney Pictures). TV credits include Smash, Sesame Street, The Flash and Johnny and the Sprites, and Foxs A Christmas Story live musical.
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