Dear Evan Hansen creators did not have to ask Katy Perry twice to get involved with their musical about a high school senior with severe social anxiety.
Perry saw the six-time Tony Award-winning musical last April and it had a significant impact on her. “I’ve struggled with depression, and like so many, always feeling alone in the battle of wanting to belong,” Perry wrote on Thursday, noting how, after seeing Dear Evan Hansen, she was “emotionally transformed forever.”
One song that resonated with the “Swish Swish” singer was “Waving Through a Window”.
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On April 29, 2017, I went and saw Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway, and was emotionally transformed forever. In my own life, I’ve struggled with depression, and like so many, always feeling alone in the battle of wanting to belong. That night, I was particularly struck by the song “Waving Through A Window.” It embodied the mental isolation I sometimes fought. So when my friends @benjpasek and @justinpaulmusic came to me and asked if I would like to re-record this song, not only to help launch the national tour, but to continue the conversation on mental health and all its complexities, I jumped right in. I hope this song helps you know that you are not alone, and that I’m waving back at you. Tune in tonight for a listening party at 9p PT at youtube.com/DearEvanHansenMusical #DearEvanHansen #WavingThroughAWindow
Dear Evan Hansen officially launched its U.S. national tour in October with a show in Denver. The production will make its way through more than 50 cities. Creators Benj Pasek and Justin Paul reached out to Perry and asked her to re-record “Waving Through a Window” to “help launch the national tour” and “continue the conversation on mental health and all its complexities.”
“I jumped right in,” Perry said. The 13-time Grammy nominee shared a clip of her version of the song. A listening party was livestreamed on Dear Evan Hansen‘s YouTube on Thursday night.
The cast and crew will also travel to Toronto for its first international date in March 2019.