Post by Anna Troiano.
On Wednesday afternoon, May 10, 2017, the small black box theatre space below the famed Drama Book Shop was brimming over with fans of the multiple Tony Award-nominated musical Dear Evan Hansen.
An eager crowd gathered to celebrate the recent publication of the script of Dear Evan Hansen from TCG Books, highlighted by a discussion with Tony Award-nominated book writer Steven Levenson.
Steven Levenson. Photo credit: Dear Evan Hansen.
In addition to writing the book for the award-winning musical, Levenson is an acclaimed playwright, having studied under Paula Vogel in his college days, and writing for three seasons on Showtime’s hit television series Masters of Sex.
On his method: Levenson discussed Vogel’s advice of adhering to an initial structure and filling in the details as the process unfolds. “I find that that works for me...knowing a little bit but using the writing to find the rest. It’s kind of what makes it exciting, not knowing where it’s going.”
Levenson. Photo credit: Dear Evan Hansen.
The discussion was followed by a signing, with a line winding all the way through the shop. Fans brought their Playbills, cast recordings, and of course the newly published script from TCG to have signed. It was an enthusiastic group, thrilled to hear from the book writer himself how the work was conceived.
Photo credit: Dear Evan Hansen.
Without giving anything away, Levenson provided an inside look at how the much-loved characters of the musical were developed, detailing the writing process that unfolded over the course of six years (!) with the composers/lyricists Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.
“I think Evan is in everyone. There’s something we can all relate to. I feel so grateful to be telling this story right now, and to be with these characters. Of all the stories to be telling, this feels right.”
Check out TCG's video of the event below!