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Their songs and their names will linger in your ears: Pasek and Paul and 'Dear Evan Hansen'

Their songs and their names will linger in your ears: Pasek and Paul and 'Dear Evan Hansen'

In this age of instant communication, he can’t manage to say anything.

The title high-schooler in “Dear Evan Hansen” is an endearing misfit so afraid of social interaction that he can’t face a pizza delivery person at the door, let alone muster the courage to speak to his secret crush. A wounded bird with one hand in a cast, he looks incredibly vulnerable. Soon, though, a series of well-meaning lies will propel him from awkward nobody to social-media celebrity.

Amusing, alarming and packed with feeling, this new Broadway musical is propelled by the songs of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. The show, which opens Dec. 4

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