The Augmented 8
(from Dear Evan Hansen)
Words and Music by Benji Pasek and Justin Paul
Arrangement by Tom Bulleit
Solos by Tom Bulleit, John Symington, Paul Kraske, Rick Bond
Production by Johnny Del Toro (audio), Amber Schmiesing (video) and Raise Your Voice Labs, and Tom Bulleit
We undertook Dear Evan Hansen’s opening theme, “Waving Through a Window,” in connection with returning to engagement with people, especially our extended Spring Sing family, as we emerged from pandemic isolation in 2022. In the Tony Award-Winning Best Musical, Evan is a young adult on the autism spectrum who knows he is special, and not in a good way. The song tells the story of his search for engagement, desperately wishing to change his life so that he isn’t “on the outside always looking in.” In our version, we salute the efforts of people like Evan, and try to convey that they are not alone, in part by having several different voices tell the story of the struggle.