Penguin Random House is delighted to be publishing DEAR EVAN HANSEN: THE NOVEL, a sharply funny and poignant novel which will expand upon the story and characters made famous by the six-time Tony Award-winning (including: Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Score) Broadway musical of the same name, set to hit the West End in 2019.
The book was acquired by Holly Harris, Editorial Director, Penguin Random House Children’s, who bought UK and Commonwealth rights in one book. Steven Levenson is represented by WME, Benj Pasek & Justin Paul are represented by CAA, and all three are represented by Shreck, Rose, Dapello, Adams, Berlin & Dunham LLC. The deal with PRH was brokered by Laura Bonner and Siobhan O’Neill of WME.
DEAR EVAN HANSEN: THE NOVEL will release in hardcover and ebook in October 2018, and will be simultaneously published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers in the U.S.
DEAR EVAN HANSEN: THE NOVEL follows the title character, Evan, a high school senior suffering from anxiety who inadvertently becomes part of a family’s grieving process after their son’s suicide. A compelling story of grief, community, and the hunger for connection, DEAR EVAN HANSEN: THE NOVEL offers an often hilarious, often heartbreaking insight into loneliness and the desire to be noticed in the age of incessant social media.
A bona fide Broadway phenomenon – Dear Evan Hansen swept the 2017 Tony Awards and has received universal acclaim from critics. New York Times said ‘it is a gorgeous new musical for anyone with a beating heart’. The Washington Post calls it ‘one of the most remarkable shows in musical theatre history’. ABC’s Nightline dubbed the show a ‘phenomenon’, and NBC Nightly News hailed it as ‘an anthem resonating on Broadway and beyond’.
With the Grammy Award-winning soundtrack by La La Land composers Pasek and Paul proving an unstoppable hit with listeners across the UK’s streaming services, the novel DEAR EVAN HANSEN: THE NOVEL is set to be a must-read for the autumn.