I grew up doing musical theatre. I did my first musical, Bye Bye Birdie, in fifth grade and I was hooked! I went on to do theatre all throughout middle school and high school. My favorite role was playing Mimi in Rent: School Edition during my senior year.

There was a time in my life when I was totally plugged into the musical theatre world. Now, I know much more about what’s trending on Twitter over what’s creating buzz on Broadway, but I still love a great musical.

I was watching the TODAY show this morning when actor Ben Platt performed “Waving Through A Window” from the musical Dear Evan Hansen. I was instantly struck by the song.

“What is this from? Who wrote this?!” I wondered. I had to find out more about it!

I had seen a few friends posting about the show on social media, but after a little more research, I quickly learned that Dear Evan Hansen is a “new American musical about life and the way we live it.” Ben plays the title role of Evan Hansen, a high school senior with social anxiety disorder.

The music and lyrics were written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the songwriters behind the new hit film La La Land, as well as NBC’s SMASH, A Christmas Story, The Musical and others.

Now, I can’t stop listening to the song “Waving Through A Window.” I’ve listened to it at least 10 times so far today on Spotify.

If you love musicals or have just ever felt like you didn’t quite fit in, a feeling may of us have been able to relate to at one time or another, I definitely recommend giving “Waving Through A Window” a listen. Check it out on Spotify here.

It’s the kind of song that makes me wonder why I pursued a career in broadcast journalism instead of chasing my high school self’s Broadway dreams. However, I’m still chasing dreams. I secretly hope my path in entertainment will lead me back to the stage someday, and I can tell a story that affects people’s live the way Dear Evan Hansen is right now.

“On the outside always looking in. Will I ever be more than I’ve always been? ‘Cause I’m tap, tap, tapping on the glass, waving through a window.”

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