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Heartwarming / Dear Evan Hansen

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♫ We can try that
You and me
That's all that we need it to be
And the rest of the world falls away
And the rest of the world falls away... ♫

Despite all the gloom surrounding Dear Evan Hansen, there are just as much moments like this to balance the gut-wrenching songs.

  • "You Will Be Found," from start to finish. Evan's words have such an incredible impact on people he's never met.
    Even when the dark comes crashing through,
    when you need a friend to carry you,
    when you’re broken on the ground,
    you will be found.
  • A minor one, but in "For Forever", when describing how he fell from the tree, he mentions that Connor came to get him. It's subtle, but you can hear Evan's voice break as he says this, signifying how such a small act would mean so much to him: just to feel noticed and cared for.
    • Also doubles as Tear Jerker, since it's a fabricated story, and in reality, no one was there for Evan when he broke his arm.
    • The reprise of it in the finale, and the fact that the very last line of the show, sung by Evan, is "All I see is sky, for forever...", showing that Evan's finally found some peace and accepted himself, rather than one who was only recognized because of his fake friendship with Connor. And as he sings that line, the sky backdrop goes from blue to pink -- like a sunrise.
  • Evan's declarations of love to Zoe in "If I Could Tell Her."
  • "Only Us", which is basically Evan's and Zoe's love song. It's endearing to watch, in contrast to all the other saddening songs.
  • Zoe forgiving Evan at the end.
    • Larry and Cynthia have forgiven him too: they've never told anyone about his confession. Zoe says that even if he was lying, in the end Evan helped them resolve the issues Connor's death had only deepened; he "saved them".
  • When Evan meets up with Zoe after the Time Skip, he seems... different. He’s not all hunched over, he’s looking Zoe in the eye, engaging in the conversation, and hardly stuttering. Even if he isn’t completely rid of his anxiety, he’s definitely not letting it rule his life anymore.
  • Evan's last letter to himself.
    "Dear Evan Hansen, today is going to be a good day. And here's why- because today, no matter what else, um, today at least you're you. So, no hiding… no lying. Just you. And that's... that’s enough. Maybe someday, everything that happened... Maybe it will all feel like a distant memory. Maybe... Maybe someday no one will even remember about The Connor Project. Or me. But, uh, maybe someday, some other kid is going to be standing here, staring out at the trees, feeling so... alone, wondering if maybe the world might look different from all the way up there. Better. And, and... Maybe he’ll start climbing, one branch at a time, and he’ll keep going, even when it seems like he can’t find another foothold. Even when it feels... hopeless. Like everything is telling him to let go. This time- Maybe this time he won’t let go. He’ll just... hold on. He’ll hold on and he’ll keep going. He’ll keep going 'til he sees the sun."
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  • "So Big / So Small". Not just because Heidi reassures Evan that she'll always be there for him; not just because she helps him see that one day all his present troubles will be a distant memory; but, most of all, because we finally get the moment of genuine connection between mother and son that has eluded them both since the top of the play. It is just so cathartic to finally see them actually talk to each other!


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