Author Val Emmich has collaborated with Dear Evan Hansen creators Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul to turn their hit musical into a novel.
Penguin Random House have confirmed that it will be publishing Dear Evan Hansen The Novel, which expands on the story and characters told in the hit Broadway musical, which has won six Tony Awards (including: Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Score) and set to arrive in the West End in 2019.
The novel is set to be released 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.
Talking about the news, Francesca Dow, MD of Penguin Random House Children’s said: “Dear Evan Hansen the Novel is an extraordinary novel, and we at Penguin Random House recognised it as an instant bestseller and a classic for our times as soon as we read it. Everyone has an Evan Hansen in their life, but it is rare and important to see him so honestly and warmly represented. The story works beautifully as a novel in its own right, and we feel very privileged to introduce Evan to a UK audience. This is a phenomenon with real heart at its core, and we cannot wait to publish this wonderful book.”
The novel has been written by Val Emmich who 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, received rave reviews, with Popsugar deeming it ‘beautiful and beguiling’ and Huffington Post saying “Emmich performs a bit of creative magic…in his warm and winning debut’.
Dear Evan Hansen The Novel will be published on the 8th October 2018.