Notes On The Season: From ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ To ‘West Side Story’, Studios Betting On Love For Musicals To Pave The Way To Oscars

Notes On The Season: From ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ To ‘West Side Story’, Studios Betting On Love For Musicals To Pave The Way To Oscars
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As the long-delayed Tony Awards signal the return of Broadway Sunday night, the reinvigorated musical invasion of Hollywood continues with the Stephen Chbosky screen adaptation of the multiple Tony Award-winning hit Dear Evan Hansen, the sole new wide release. That release follows by a week Amazon’s global streaming debut (and in some theaters) of the hit British musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.

Both focus on the trials and tribulations of teenagers in age of social media, and both rather quickly made the path from stage success to the movies (even as their stage productions are still in motion), an indication of a healthy appetite out there for the revival of movie musicals, a genre that has had its ups and downs since the MGM golden age when they were churned out almost weekly in order to help people forget tough times.
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