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