Director Stephen Chbosky on Chasing ‘Dear Evan Hansen,’ Premiering at TIFF and Cutting Songs

Stephen Chbosky never intended to create a film series.

But with the films “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” “Wonder” and now “Dear Evan Hansen” under his belt, he jokes that he has made “The First Day of School Trilogy.”Based on the Tony Award-winning musical, “Dear Evan Hansen” will open the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept.

9, and will be released in theaters on Sept.


It’s a bit of a departure for director Chbosky – it’s his first time helming a musical, though he adapted the screenplays for “Rent” and “Beauty and the Beast” – and it marks the first time he didn’t come aboard as writer, deferring duties to the play’s author, Steven Levenson.

But in many ways, it shares hallmarks with those others films, telling the story of an outsider with kindness and sensitivity.Ben Platt reprises his Tony Award-winning role as Evan, a teenager with social anxiety,

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