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Bonus Features: ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ explores transition from stage to screen

In a year filled with musicals, “Dear Evan Hansen” is the latest to make its way home on Blu-ray, DVD and digital. Starring Ben Platt in the role he originated on Broadway, the film brings the 2016 production to the screen.

The film hit theaters back in September to mixed results, with poor critic reception but fairly positive feedback from audiences. Now, as the film makes its home release, it comes with an extensive set of bonus features exploring its journey from stage to screen.

The biggest highlight of the film’s extras comes in the form of a “Making of” featurette that chronicles the production process and its adaptation to the screen. Director Stephen Chbosky breaks it all down, just like he did with Inside The Film Room’s Joel Winstead earlier this year.

Another featurette takes a look at the adjustments the cast took coming back to film amidst the coronavirus pandemic, and how they found ways to still feel connected.

Let’s take a look at everything the home release has to offer!

Special Features on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital

  • Songs To Be Seen –Journey behind the scenes to get an exclusive look at each song featured in “Dear Evan Hansen” and what they mean to the cast and crew.
    • Waving Through a Window
    • For Forever
    • Anonymous Ones
    • You Will Be Found
    • A Little Closer
  • Looking Through the Lens: The Making of “Dear Evan Hansen” – This making of showcases the filmmakers and new cast members that have come together within the Dear Evan Hansen family to bring such an incredible story from stage to screen. From Costume Designer Sekinah Brown’s pieces to Jamaica Craft’s choreography, Director Stephen Chbosky’s insight and Beth Mickle’s production design -we see a holistic representation of the filmmaker’s production process
  • Stars In Our Eyes – For so many, this production was their first working environment after many months, in a time where we all felt the need for connection. Witness the exploding artistry that came to life on set as both cast and crew began to find themselves again through collaborative creativity.
  • Sincerely, Ben Platt – Ben Platt reflects on finding his voice through a character that very much mirrored his own teenage experience, how that role brought him international acclaim and what bringing his run as the character Evan Hansen to an end ultimately feels like.

“Dear Evan Hansen” releases on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital on December 7, 2021.

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Zach Goins is a member of the North Carolina Film Critics Association based in Raleigh, N.C. Zach co-founded Inside The Film Room in 2018 and serves as Editor-in-Chief of the website and co-host of the podcast. Zach also serves as a film critic for CLTure.org.

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