REVIEW: “Dear Evan Hansen” brings awareness to mental health through songs
“Mental illness takes many forms in the film, whether it’s depression, social anxiety, suicide, or addiction, the portrayals of each characters’ struggles allows for an audience member to empathize with,” says Entertainment Editor Kizzy Azcarate.upressonline.com
Popcorn With Zenger: ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Is A Depressing Musical That Seems To Never End
The Story: The film begins by introducing us to protagonist Evan Hansen (Ben Platt), an unpopular teenager who can barely survive everyday life at his local high school. Evan Hansen (Ben Platt) drowns in a deep web of lies with Zoe Murphy (Kaitlyn Dever). “Dear Evan Hansen” is the cinematic equivalent of shooting yourself in the face with a revolver full of blanks. Visually, “Dear Evan Hansen” is the worst part of modern high schools. Ben Platt and Amandla Stenberg play high-school classmates in “Dear Evan Hansen.” (Universal Pictures)The Takeaway: “Dear Evan Hansen” tries to tackle the issues of teenage anxiety, depression and suicide, but its complete lack of self-awareness is more likely to cause depression than shed any light on the issue.thewestsidegazette.com
Toronto Film Festival to open with ‘Dear Evan Hansen’
The adaptation of the Broadway hit and Tony-winner “Dear Evan Hansen,” Edgar Wright’s ’60s London themed “Last Night in Soho,” and “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” are just a few of the major films coming to the Toronto International Film Festival this September.
Erivo on near-EGOT status: 'I’m just going to keep working'
FILE - Actress Cynthia Erivo poses for a portrait during the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Sept. 10, 2019. Erivo portrays Aretha Franklin in the National Geographic miniseries Genius: Aretha. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK – “The Color Purple” turned into Grammy, Tony and Emmy gold for Cynthia Erivo. The performer’s brilliant performance in the Broadway revival won her the 2016 Tony for best actress in a musical. “I guess I didn’t expect to be this close this soon,” Erivo told The Associated Press of her almost-EGOT status.
Theater uses its creativity to defy pandemic and stage shows
Live theater is uniquely tested by the virus, one reason it will be among the last sectors to return to normal. It's not technically live theater, but its soul is theatrical. Play and musical licensor Concord Theatricals says theater companies across the country are looking for flexibility in case of virus restrictions. Launched shortly before the pandemic with 15 podcasts, the theater shutdown initially wiped out its revenue streams, advertising and sponsorship. “It’s not anything that will ever replace live theater, but it’s an extension.
New this week: 'This Is Us,' Baby Yoda, 'The Craft' redone
(NBC via AP)Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES— Many things will be different about Halloween this year, but the annual rush of horror films is much the same. It stars Sope Dirisu and Wunmi Mosaku as a Sudanese refugee couple finding new horrors in life in England. But Neon, the “Parasite” distributor, last week put a restored version into theaters and on Tuesday brings it to VOD. One is Natalie Margolin “The Party Hop,” which she wrote during quarantine in one week in early April.
Grammy Museum to launch online streaming service
FILE - Barbara Streisand performs at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 13, 2011. The Grammy Museum is launching its own online streaming service featuring performances and interviews from A-list musicians, as well as material from the museums archive. The Grammy Museum is launching its own online streaming service featuring performances and interviews from A-list musicians, as well as material from the museums archive. Without the GRAMMY Museum, we wouldnt have gotten to experience or learn about so many important artists before us, FINNEAS said in a statement. We are proud to be part of this series.The Grammy Museum is a nonprofit organization through The Recording Academy, which annually produces the Grammy Awards.
5 musicals that should be filmed for a streaming network since Broadway is still closed
Considering Disney+ saw a 72% increase in downloads of its app over the weekend, it’s safe to say that bringing musicals filmed on stage to a mass audience is a pretty good idea. Some will argue that theater is meant to be consumed live, but with so much uncertainty about when Broadway will return, it’s not a bad idea to start filming more Broadway musicals and plays for streaming networks. While it’s still a wildly popular musical, fans have been begging for some sort of movie version for years. Disney’s most popular and long-running show on Broadway is “The Lion King,” and it’s hard to imagine the people wouldn’t love to watch a filmed version of this production. Do you plan to watch “Hamilton?” Are there any musicals you’d like to see from the comfort of your home?
Obama criticizes virus response in online graduation speech
FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2018, file photo former President Barack Obama accepts the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Award at a ceremony in New York. On Saturday, May 16, 2020, Obama plans to speak during Show Me Your Walk, HBCU Edition, a two-hour livestreaming event for historically black colleges and universities broadcast on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. His remarks were unexpectedly political, given the venue, and touched on current events beyond the virus and its social and economic impacts. Obama did not name President Donald Trump or any other federal or state officials in either of his appearances. The commencement remarks were the latest sign that Obama intends to play an increasingly active role in the coming election.
Lady Gaga headlines Global Event for coronavirus airing live here
Lady Gaga headlines Global Citizen’s massive concert event titled “One World: Together at Home” to raise funds amid the coronavirus pandemic. The concert on Saturday is being live-streamed and broadcast on Local 10 and ABC. It’s the largest gathering of major artists and influencers since Live Aid in 1985. Livestream Schedule• 0-2 HOURS •Adam LambertAndra DayBlack CoffeeCharlie PuthEason ChanHozier & Maren MorrisHussain Al JassmiJennifer HudsonJessie ReyezKeshaLang LangLiam PayneLisa MishraLuis FonsiMilky ChanceNiall HoranPicture ThisRita OraSofi TukkerThe KillersVishal Mishra• 2 - 4 HOURS •Adam LambertAnnie LennoxBen PlattCassper NyovestChristine And The QueensCommonDelta GoodremEllie GouldingFinneasJack JohnsonJacky CheungJess GlynneJessie JJuanesKeshaMichael BubléRita OraSebastián YatraSheryl CrowSho MadjoziSofi TukkerThe KillersZuccheroRolling Stones• 4 - 6 HOURS •AngèleAnnie LennoxBen PlattBilly Ray CyrusCharlie PuthChristine And The QueensCommonEason ChanEllie GouldingHozierJennifer HudsonJessie JJohn LegendJuanesLady AntebellumLeslie Odom Jr.Luis FonsiNiall HoranPicture ThisSebastián YatraSheryl CrowSuperM