"St. Luke's on Broadway: Dear Evan Hansen"
August 2, 2020 | Rev. Wendy LambertWatch Sermon Listen Watch Full Service Sermon Library
What is it about Broadway that excites our minds and touches our hearts? The music? The dancing? Of course! But sometimes a story is so powerful, we can see ourselves in the characters. We share their joy. We understand their pain. In the end, we are inspired. You will be too – through guest performers and meaningful messages as we experience some of the most memorable musicals ever written.
This year’s St. Luke’s on Broadway will be streamed online with two worship services to choose from. You can be sure the music will be special and the message will have something for everyone. Below is the list of shows that will be highlighted during the 2020 series.
St. Luke's on Broadway 2020
In the Heights | July 19
It all starts July 19 with the musical In the Heights. This 2008 Tony Award-winner for Best Musical features music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda (creator and star of Hamilton). The story is set over the course of three days, involving characters in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan and highlights a young storeowner who watches the joys and heartbreaks of his tight-knit community as they pass through his bodega.
Elf | July 26
On July 26 we experience Elf. Based on the movie of the same name, is a modern-day holiday classic. The musical features Buddy, a human who was adopted and raised by Santa’s elves. He learns that he is human and heads to New York City to meet his biological father while also spreading Christmas cheer in a world of cynics in the process. Determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas, Buddy tells us the best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear.
Dear Evan Hansen | August 2
August 2 is Dear Evan Hanson. It tells the story of a young man with social anxiety disorder who so yearns to make a connection with his peers that he fabricates a relationship with a deceased student to become closer to the boy’s family. Evan is a Lost Boy of sorts who learns through mistake after mistake that he’s not as alone as he thought. An important show for anyone who’s ever been bullied or felt abandoned, Dear Evan Hansen reminds us of the importance of reaching out a hand.
Footloose | August 9
Taking center stage on August 9 is Footloose. The stage adaptation of the popular movie celebrates the spirit and optimism of young people fighting for change backed by a soundtrack of ‘80s pop anthems. When city boy Ren moves to a small town where dancing is outlawed, he finds himself an outsider and a target of the local preacher who pushed for the ban. Ren challenges the community to reverse the rule and heal from the tragedy that kept their hearts from dancing.
Shrek | August 16
On August 16, it’s Shrek. Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek, an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand… and his name is Shrek and he is out to prove there’s more to the story than meets the ears.
Les Misérables | August 23
We finish with the timeless classic, Les Misérables, on August 23. Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of a relentless policeman Javert who pursues escaped convict Jean Valjean over decades through the tumult of revolutionary France. Valjean becomes a mayor, agrees to raise the daughter of dying prostitute and joins the fight for freedom. It’s a story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit.
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