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Bookish News: Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel

It was recently announced that the Tony award-winning Broadway musical, Dear Evan Hansen, would be adapted to a novel, to be published October 9, 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. It’s written by Val Emmich with Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek, and Justin Paul.

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I’ve never read a “stage to page” book, I don’t really know of any (if you do, let me know in the comments below). I haven’t seen the show and have only listened to a small part of the soundtrack, but I am interested in reading the novel adaptation.

Summary (via Broadway.com):
 A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: A chance to finally fit in.

Both deeply personal and profoundly contemporary, Dear Evan Hansen is the new American musical about life and the way we live it.

I think this story will be able find a home in the YA sphere, with its fans and new readers. I wish I could see the show before the book comes out but I doubt that’ll happen. But one can only hope. I’ll be keeping my eye on this for the time being.


Have you seen Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway or listened to the soundtrack? What are your thoughts on this story and it being adapted to a novel?

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Writing Playlist #11: Love and Romance

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Today’s writing playlist features a few select romantic/love songs to inspire ideas for romantic stories.

 

“A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri

“As Long As You’re Mine” – Wicked

“Can You Feel the Love Tonight” – The Lion King | Elton John

“Endless Love” by Luther Vandross

“For the First Time” – Tarzan

“Greatest Love Of All” by Whitney Houston

“I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston

“Rewrite the Stars” – The Greatest Showman

“We Both Know” – Safe Haven


Past Playlists:
General
Old-School
Hamilton
Glee
Broadway
Disney (pt.1)
Disney (pt.2)
On Repeat (pt.1)
On Repeat (pt.2)
Can’t Stop Singing


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Weekend Writing Prompt #6

♦This weekend’s theme is: SONGS about FAMILY & FRIENDS♦

~ write a scene inspired by these songs about family and friends ~

~♦~♦~♦~

 

Family” – Dreamgirls (2006 film)

Channel Source: DestinysChildRadio

 

Everyday (Family Reunion)” – Madea’s Family Reunion (2004 film)

Channel Source: intino2

 

You’ve Got A Friend In Me” by Randy Newman (Toy Story – 1995 film)

Channel Source: Giorgio Magliano

 

Lean On Me” by Bill Withers

Channel Source: CatRevolver

 

Thank You For Being A Friend” by Andrew Gold
(The Golden Girls theme song/cover sung by Cynthia Fee version)

Channel Source: canuck21


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Writing Playlist #9: On Repeat Edition (part two)

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“Praying” by Kesha

“Sorry Not Sorry” by Demi Lovato

“Take A Break” – Hamilton

“One Last Time” – Hamilton

“The Election of 1800” – Hamilton

“I’m Better” by Missy Elliot ft. Lamb

“Gravitic Love” – [Six Gravity] – Tsukiuta. The Animation*

“Lots of Love” – [Procellarum] – Tsukiuta. The Animation*

“Tsuki no Uta” – [Six Gravtiy & Procellarum] – Tsukiuta. The Animation*

 

 

note: asterick (*) = song title to the best of my knowledge


Past Playlists:
General
Old-School
Hamilton
Glee
Broadway
Disney (pt.1)
Disney (pt.2)
On Repeat (pt.1)


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Writing Playlist #8: On Repeat Edition

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For this playlist I’ve included songs that I’ve recently been listening to on repeat – a mix of old and newer songs.

 

Feel It Still” by Portugal. The Man

The Greatest” by Sia

It’s My Life” by Bon Jovi

(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life” – Glee version

Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley

Sweet Sweet Melody” by Katie Sky

Dear Theodosia” – Hamilton

It’s Quiet Uptown” – Hamilton

You and Me” – Descendants 2

Touch” by Little Mix

Shut Up And Dance” by Walk the Moon

Fire and Gold” by Bea Miller


Past Playlists:
General
Old-School
Hamilton
Glee
Broadway
Disney (pt.1)
Disney (pt.2)


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Writing Playlist #5: Broadway Edition

I’ve been waiting for this all year. Today is the Tony Awards, my favorite awards show, and Kevin Spacey is hosting! I’m looking forward to all the performances, especially Dear Evan Hansen, and seeing James Earl Jones, one of my favorite actors, receive a special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre.

I love the theatre. Musicals – the performing arts – have been a huge part of my life and have inspired me so much. So in honor of this special occasion, I’ve put together a playlist of Broadway songs that inspire my (and hopefully your) writing:

 

“A Brand New Day” – The Wiz

“Brotherhood of Men” – How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying

“Dear Theodosia” – Hamilton

“Defying Gravity” – Wicked

“Find Your Grail” – Spamalot

“I Know Where I’ve Been” – Hairspray

“King of Pride Rock / Circle of Life (Reprise)” – The Lion King

“Mamma Mia” – Mamma Mia

“My New Philosophy” – You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown

“Non-Stop” – Hamilton

“One Day More” – Les Misérables

“Raise Your Voice” – Sister Act

“Revolting Children” – Matilda the Musical

“Ring of Keys” – Fun Home

“The Wizard and I” – Wicked


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Writing Playlist #3: “Hamilton” Edition

I really love music and have been enjoying creating these writing playlists. For this list I picked songs from my (still) current musical obsession, Hamilton: An American Musical. When I was first listening to this soundtrack it felt so uplifting and inspiring. The writing was just so beautiful and good. I found myself picturing scenes of new story ideas in my head, ideas that begged to be written down. It’s such a great soundtrack/musical with so many fantastic songs to sing and dance to.

Hamilton: An American Musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda | Image via Amazon

In track order, here is my writing playlist made from my top favorite Hamilton songs:

“Alexander Hamilton”

“My Shot”

“The Story of Tonight”

“The Schuyler Sisters”

“You’ll Be Back”

“Helpless”

“Satisfied”

“Wait For It”

“Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down)”

“Non-Stop”

“Take A Break”

“The Room Where It Happens”

“One Last Time”

“It’s Quiet Uptown”

“Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story”

This post was immediately followed by a jam session of epic proportions, of course. There are 46 songs total on the soundtrack, so I begrudgingly had to narrow this list down to keep it relatively short. The writer/music lover/musical theater geek in me just loves Hamilton and…well, you know I could gush about it all day so I’ll leave it there.

But I hope you enjoy this list and today’s post. I wrote two previous lists, a general playlist and an old-school edition list, if you’d like to check those out.

If you’re a fan of Hamilton, what are your favorite songs from the soundtrack? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Let me know in the comment section below.

And, as always, happy writing!