Movie Musicals 2021:
Dear Evan Hansen
(September 24th, Universal Pictures in theaters)
The 2017 Best Musical Tony winner (it also won Best Featured Actress and Best Actor for the central mother and son characters) gets a live-action production with its original star (Ben Platt) and Julianne Moore in the key roles. The doomed character of Connor, whose suicide kicks off the plot, was played by Mike Faist on Broadway (Tony nomination) and though Faist isnt in this movie he’ll potentially break out in another screen musical this year; he’s playing the Russ Tamblyn “Riff” role in the West Side Story remake.