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.
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.
- article from Playbill – http://www.playbill.com/article/a-novel-adaptation-of-dear-evan-hansen-will-be-released-in-october
- article from Broadway.com – https://www.broadway.com/buzz/191555/dear-evan-hansen-is-being-adapted-into-a-novel/
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.