Above / The Team from Broadway’s ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ is set for Anderson’s Bookshop appearance at Yellow Box on Oct. 12, 2018.

Join Anderson’s Bookshop for an exciting evening of conversation and live musical performances from the Tony, Oscar® & Golden Globe-winning team behind the musical, “Dear Evan Hansen.” Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, and Val Emmich will present Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel, an expansion of the characters and story popularized by the six-time Tony Award winning musical that has been praised as “one of the most remarkable shows in musical theater history” by the Washington Post.

The team behind the smash musical will present the new book, Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel, at a special Anderson’s Bookshop event at 7PM on Friday evening, October 12. This presentation takes place at Community Christian Church, 1635 Emerson Lane, in Naperville.

This presentation takes place at Community Christian Church, 1635 Emerson Lane, just off Ogden Ave, where a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit NAMI DuPage County. (PN File Photo)

Anderson’s Bookshop is thrilled to offer this incredible opportunity to local readers and Broadway fans. This is a ticketed event and event tickets for this program are sold exclusively at DearEvanHansenAndersons.brownpapertickets.com.

A portion of proceeds will go to NAMI DuPage County. (The National Alliance on Mental Illness) This rare opportunity is presented by Anderson’s Bookshop, 123 W. Jefferson Ave., 630 355-2665 or www.andersonsbookshop.com. Additional books will be sold at the event.

About Dear Evan Hansen, Today’s going to be an amazing day and here’s why…

When a letter that was never meant to be seen by anyone draws high school senior Evan Hansen into a family’s grief over the loss of their son, he is given the chance of a lifetime: to belong. He just has to stick to a lie he never meant to tell, that the notoriously troubled Connor Murphy was his secret best friend.

Suddenly, Evan isn’t invisible anymore—even to the girl of his dreams. And Connor Murphy’s parents, with their beautiful home on the other side of town, have taken him in like he was their own, desperate to know more about their enigmatic son from his closest friend. As Evan gets pulled deeper into their swirl of anger, regret, and confusion, he knows that what he’s doing can’t be right, but if he’s helping people, how wrong can it be? 

No longer tangled in his once-incapacitating anxiety, this new Evan has a purpose. And a website. He’s confident. He’s a viral phenomenon. Every day is amazing. Until everything is in danger of unraveling and he comes face to face with his greatest obstacle: himself.

A simple lie leads to complicated truths in this big-hearted coming-of-age story of grief, authenticity and the struggle to belong in an age of instant connectivity and profound isolation.

About Val Emmich and Benj Pasek   

Val Emmich is a writer, singer-songwriter, and actor. He has had recurring roles on “Vinyl” and “Ugly Betty” as well as a memorable guest role as Liz Lemon’s coffee-boy fling, Jamie, on “30 Rock.” His debut novel, The Reminders, was called “quirky, touching and addictive.” Emmich lives in Jersey City, New Jersey, with his wife and their two children. 

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul are the Tony, Oscar; and Golden Globe–winning songwriting team behind the Broadway musicals “Dear Evan Hansen” (Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Obie Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Helen Hayes Award) and “A Christmas Story, The Musical” (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Award nominations). Other musicals include ”Dogfight,” (Lucille Lortel Award winner, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle, London Evening Standard Awards nominations), “James and the Giant Peach,” and “Edges.” Film projects include: “La La Land” (Lionsgate); “Trolls” (Dreamworks Animation); “The Greatest Showman” (FOX).

Upcoming film projects include “Snow White” (Walt Disney Pictures); “Medusa” (Sony Pictures Animation); “Aladdin” (Walt Disney Pictures). TV credits include ”Smash,” “Sesame Street,” “The Flash’ and “Johnny and the Sprites,” and Fox’s “A Christmas Story” live musical. Additional honors: Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theatre (American Academy of Arts and Letters); ASCAP Foundation Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award; Jonathan Larson Award. Both are graduates of the University of Michigan Musical Theatre program and members of the Dramatists Guild of America, Inc.

Story and images submitted by Candace Purdom, Publicity & Events, Anderson’s Bookshop.