The Plugged In Show, Episode 98: Dear Evan Hansen and the Musical Renaissance

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I don’t burst into song much at home. I rarely start dancing to make a point during Plugged In meetings. We all know that movie musicals don’t mirror real life, which might be why they fell out of favor for a few decades.

But musicals are back, and with a vengeance. Why, La La Land won almost won a Best Picture Oscar a few years ago, and this year we’ve already seen plenty on both the big and small screen, from Come From Away to A Week Away to Dear Evan Hansen.

We focus especially on Evan Hansen this go-round, discussing the music we hear and the deeper issues in play in these stories.

And then for something completely different, we shift gears and talk about Instagram filters. The social media platform has been in the news for all the wrong reasons lately. But as Emily Clark tells us, even some of the platform’s more innocuous-looking doo-dads are not quite as innocent, or as healthy, as they seem.

So listen in while we use our vocal chords on The Plugged In Show. We can’t promise that everything you’ll hear will be music to your ears, but we’ll do our best to hit all the right notes. (And check out all the links below.)

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Paul Asay

Paul Asay has been part of the Plugged In staff since 2007, watching and reviewing roughly 15 quintillion movies and television shows. He’s written for a number of other publications, too, including Time, The Washington Post and Christianity Today. The author of several books, Paul loves to find spirituality in unexpected places, including popular entertainment, and he loves all things superhero. His vices include James Bond films, Mountain Dew and terrible B-grade movies. He’s married, has two children and a neurotic dog, runs marathons on occasion and hopes to someday own his own tuxedo. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.