New original song written by Benj Pasek, Justin Paul & Amandla Stenberg
GRAMMY Award nominated, multi-platinum selling recording artist SZA releases “The Anonymous Ones,” the next song to be unveiled from the Dear Evan Hansen (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack). A new song written specifically for the Universal Pictures release, “The Anonymous Ones” was written by Benj Pasek, Justin Paul and Amandla Stenberg. A co-star in the movie, Stenberg’s performance of the song as featured in the film is also released.
“The Anonymous Ones” is a song that reminds us that everyone, even people who seem to have it all together, have their own struggles and insecurities and fears. But when we open up to each other we realize how much we can help one another just by being there for each other. Dear Evan Hansen (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) will be released September 24th through Interscope Records.
The full lineup of artists has been revealed for the soundtrack, including Sam Smith with Summer Walker, SZA, Carrie Underwood and Dan + Shay, Finneas and Tori Kelly. Plus, the 16-track album features new recordings by the film cast of these beloved songs with music and lyrics by the Oscar, Grammy, and Tony winning songwriting team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land, The Greatest Showman). Among the new songs, the soundtrack also includes “A Little Closer” performed by Colton Ryan.
Last month, Universal Pictures & Interscope Records unveiled new renditions of the film’s iconic anthems “Waving Through A Window” and “You Will Be Found” performed by Tony, Grammy and Emmy winner Ben Platt, who originated the role of Evan Hansen on Broadway and reprises the role for the film. Last week saw the release of Carrie Underwood and Dan + Shay’s version of “Only Us.”
The film premiered last night (Thurs, Sept 9th) at the Toronto International Film Festival and Universal Pictures will release Dear Evan Hansen in theaters nationwide on September 24th.
Dear Evan Hansen opened on Broadway in December 2016 and became a generation-defining phenomenon, winning six Tony Awards, including for Best Musical and for Ben Platt as Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical. The show’s cast album would go on to earn a Grammy.
Now, in the film, Ben Platt returns as Evan Hansen, an anxious, isolated high schooler aching for understanding and belonging amid the chaos and cruelty of the social-media age.
Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being A Wallflower, Wonder), the film is written for the screen by the show’s Tony winner Steven Levenson with music and lyrics by Pasek & Paul. The film stars six-time Oscar nominee Amy Adams, Oscar winner Julianne Moore, Kaitlyn Dever (Booksmart), Amandla Stenberg (The Hate U Give), Colton Ryan (Little Voice), Nik Dodani (Atypical) and Danny Pino (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit).
The film is produced by Marc Platt (La La Land, Into the Woods, Mary Poppins Returns) and Adam Siegel (2 Guns, Drive), and is executive produced by Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, Michael Bederman and Stacey Mindich.