Tony-Winning Best Musical Dear Evan Hansen Takes No. 1 Spot on iTunes
“The cast album for Dear Evan Hansen, the most-awarded production of the 71st Annual Tony Awards, is currently sitting in the top spot on the iTunes album chart, and No. 2 on the Amazon album chart. The album shot up in ranking following the show’s sweep at the 71st Annual Tony Awards on June 11.
The cast album for Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, the most Tony-nominated show of the season, currently sits at No. 38 on iTunes, while Hello, Dolly!’s cast album is at No. 51.
The original Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen, about a high school outsider desperately longing for acceptance, was the most-awarded production of the evening at Radio City Music Hall. The show was nominated for nine Tonys and won in six categories, including Best Musical.
Ben Platt took home the Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for his emotional performance in the show’s title role, while Rachel Bay Jones won for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical for her performance as his mother Heidi. Oscar winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul also took home their first Tony Award for Best Original Score, along with playwright Steven Levenson, who won for Best Book of a Musical. Alex Lacamoire won his third Tony for Best Orchestrations, having previously won for Hamilton and In the Heights.
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The cast album for Dear Evan Hansen was released digitally February 3, where it debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard chart—the highest debut by a cast recording since Camelot in 1961. The album had the third-largest debut sales for a cast recording in the last 25 years, following the debuts of Hamilton: An American Musical and Rent, and is also the fourth cast recording to reach the top 10 on the Billboard 200 in the last 50 years. The only cast albums to make the list previously were Hamilton, The Book of Mormon, and Hair.
The cast album is currently sitting at No. 147 on the Billboard 200. Chart rankings are based on sales, radio play, and online streaming.” ”
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