Hello guys! Hope you’re all having a great week!! If not then try reading a book or going on a walk? Today I’m hitting you up with a tag (how original). I’ve been wanting to do this tag for a while now but to actually explain my reasonings behind each question. So here we go!!!!
Also side note you might not enjoy this post if you’re not a fan of Dear Evan Hansen so feel free to come back next Tuesday for a different post (: KK
Favourite DEH character? It would have to be between Connor Murphy and Zoe Murphy. Connor because I relate to him so deeply and I partly understand how he felt. I also feel sorry for him as I feel like he didn’t get all the recognition he deserved when he was alive. However I do love Zoe, the things she goes through and how she deals with it is something I’ll always admire. I love how that character is mapped out and the background to every relationship within the musical. She shows a passion for who her brother was and doesn’t know how to feel about him which I feel like brings more complex meaning to her role in the plot.
Favourite DEH song?: This is tough because I love them all so so so so much. But I think the one that stands out for me is “You will be found” it has the most meaning for me and I relate to it out of all the songs probably the most. Also the first time I heard this song I was crying a river so if that doesn’t show you how much I love this musical then I don’t know what will. As well as that the blend of all voices in the soundtrack is beautiful and honestly I wish I could do something like that one day.
Unpopular opinion? I only really know of a few but one of the ones I actually agreee with is that “To break in a glove” is actually a REALLY good song. Apparently a lot of fans of DEH don’t like that song because it’s “weird” or as my friend describes it “it goes on too long” but I really like the meaning behind that song and I love Micheal and Bens voices together as they have that unique spin on each other that I can only imagine of being able to achieve.
Popular opinion?; I’m not sure if you’d call this a “popular” opinion but personally I love all the understudies equally as much as I do with the main cast. They all have the same (but different) talent and I feel like they’re underrated so much!! I’ve only really heard/seen Micheal Lee Brown, Garret Long and Colton Ryan perform so I can’t really give an opinion on the others but the one I have heard make the musical their own and show everyone how incredible they are. I hate that some people have literally given their tickets away because Micheal or Colton were performing and not Ben. They are just as amazing and deserve a lot more love. Lucky I know a lot of people who also love the understudies which makes me really happy.
Opinion on Zoe Murphy?: I love Zoe. As I’ve stated above she is one of my favourite characters for many reasons and I really DO see myself in her and her actions. I think one of the things I love about the character is that she chooses to forgive Evan even if he has caused her more pain than imaginable. She does turn around and say to Evan that she will forgive him and I just think that is so beautiful. In all the drama and chaos that is erupting all around her she is the peace yet stable person in the whole thing.
Opinion on Larry Murphy: HIGHLY UNDERRATED!!!!! I feel like Larry is very underrated. The role he plays throughout the story does bring to it. He’s the busy yet sensitive guy. I’ve heard the performance Micheal gives of Larry during words fail and you will be found are unmissable. Obviously 90% of that is down to Micheal but 10% is really down to the character itself. I fell like I’d like to hear more Larry in the musical though. But besides that I love him as a character and wish I knew more about his part.
Would you sing requiem for Connor? If we’re talking about this from an audience point of view then Y E S! As I have already mentioned I feel like Connor never gets the true love and attention Evan is given. He just wanted a friend. The reason he took drugs is because he felt alone and he wanted a friend. He NEEDED a friend. I’ve read a theory that the reason Connor keeeps Evans letter is because that’s how he feels. Maybe all his hope was pinned on Zoe realising. Maybe he did think if he disappeared tomorrow no one would notice or care. I know he hurt his family but I genuinely believe he should have been given a chance. S yes I would have. Maybe not if I was a character and didn’t know the context but I sure as hell would have if I did.
Least favourite character?: You are basically making me pick between breathing and water? That’s impossible!! If I have to be honest it would probably be Alana Beck though as I don’t really know her character THAT well so I can’t give an opinion on her role. I also suppose the bits of her character I do know I don’t really fully relate to so it’s hard for me to find sympathy in her part. But that is the only reason why however I do love Kristolyn who currently plays Alana though!
Opinion on “If I could tell her”: I actually really love this song. When I first heard it I did believe it was Connor saying those tings but obviously as I became more invested in the show I realised it was actually Evan confessing his love for Zoe which just in my opinion makes the show and their relationship 10000x more powerful and beautiful. I also am in love with the way the song sounds. I can only really put that down to the musical team but I’m still obsessed with it and it truly is a fantastic song. 10/10
Have you seen DEH live?: Sadly no. As it is currently on Broadway which is in New York and I’m from the United Kingdom that is on the other side of the world and I don’t think my parents are willing to pay that much money JUST to go there plus the money it costs for the tickets. Yes that does mean I can’t see the OBC but hopefully when it does come to the uk I’ll be able to see it on the west end.
Opinion on Alana Beck: As i said previously I don’t really know her character that well so it’s hard o give a full opinion on her. From the pieces I am aware of her character holds a huge meaning to the show and I love her part in the performance.
Least favourite song?: Can you have a least favourite song?? Well if I had to pick it would be to break in a glove as for me, in my opinion it doesn’t really further the plot so I get a little bored of it at times. It’s nothing to do with the voices or actors just the way it’s put into the musical. Again I don’t know the whole background to it so maybe there’s more to why that song is included but for me it doesn’t really benefit the performance.
Most underrated song?: For me this is probably so big/so small. When I first heard this song I didn’t really understand it and again it didn’t have that much meaning to me. But as I grew more towards the musical I learnt it’s true meaning and now every time I listen to it I am completely consumed by tears and emotion. Rachel also sings this song SO well it’s unmissable. So I feel like people need to appreciate this more than they do because it’s highly underrated.
Most overrated song?: I don’t think there really is one that is “overrated” as it be. Possibly Dor Forever as Evan in the show has actually already started the lie and he’s just adding a huge part to it but in all honesty I dint think there is an overrated song. They all deserve equal amount of love and that is all.
Favourite song in act 1: Maybe “waving through a window” it is an incredibly powerful song with a lot of meaning and you’d be silly to not appreciate this. Ben Platts voice in this is also insanely strong and I look up to him for that. I’ve seen a few clips of this song performed on interviews etc and wow! When you add the whole cast to the mix it makes it just completely and utterly overwhelming and you can tell that is what they’re going for and it works!! So probably WTAW.
Favourite song in act 2: Ah this is hard! I love all the songs but “Only us” is such a beautiful song and out of context it’s just absolutely incredible. I’m in love with the piano at the start and I really think it’ll be a song I have at my wedding (if I get married as it is so powerfully magical.
“You will be found” or “a part of me”? Ah god this is really hard as I love both so much! But You will be found has so much meaning to me and it means so much to me that I have to choose that
Opinion on Connor Murphy? I feel like Connor Murphy is a very crucial but abandoned character. The way he works into the story means he never dies but I’d love to see know mire about his past before they jump into the whole thing. Maybe a monologue or a song about how he feels as a character.
Favourite part of act 1? Probably the scene where Connor signs Evans cast as it’s the only moment in the musical where they’re both face to face and admitting how they feel which is beautiful
Favourite part of act 2? The orchard scene at the very end of the musical. It doesn’t give a full happy ending but it satisfies everything that has happened and leaves you feeling like everything can be okay
Favourite Jared Klienman moment? Right, this is a question I’m going to struggle with as I haven’t actually seen the musical!! Probably when he says “there’s nothing unrealistic about the love one man feels for another” in sincerely me. It’s so iconic
Favourite Evan and Zoe moment? When they sing only us as it’s the bit in DEG where it’s not about this whole situation it’s about them and the world and I love that
What do you honk jareds favourite type of bath bomb is? Urm u think he’d like a good citrus scent. Like orange or lemon… and a slow fizzing one
Favourite overall moment in the musical? I think when Evan confesses the truth that’s quite memorable. Also the emotion every single one of the actors give in that scene is incredible
Favourite cut song? A little bit of light. It tells a little about Connors life and made me cry the first time I heard it
Least favourite cut song? In a bedroom down the hall. As much as I love it I feel like so big/so small brings out more emotion that that does
Favourite OBC member? Honestly I could never choose. They’re all so lovely. I’m going to say Will Roland though as he is a legend and I’d love to meet him
Favourite understudy? Ooooooooo that’s hard!! I’m going to say Colton as he seems absolutely lovely and I bet he has amazing hugs
Tree bros, yes or no? TES and no, I’m undecided
What does DEH mean to you? I’m not going to ramble on as I have made a whole post about this but it has brought me friendship, more love for musical theatre, passion, smiles and made me feel less alone and I can’t imagine a life without it I hope when it comes to the uk I’ll be able to go see it
Why I love Dear Evan Hansen: https://krazykoalasite.wordpress.com/2017/08/29/humans-are-complex/
So that about rounds it off for this post! I’ll leave the questions below if you fancy answering them! I wanted to post this now as Ben Platt left Dear Evan Hansen on Sunday and he will be missed so here’s to him and all his incredible work 💙👕🎭