Wednesday, April 05, 2017
Jennifer Laura Thompson on “Dear Evan Hansen”
THE INTERVAL: The musical Dear Evan Hansen has become one of the hits of the 2016/2017 Broadway season. Part of the appeal of the musical is that it takes easily recognizable suburban archetypes and gives them depth and surprising twists. One such character is Cynthia, a mother whose son commits suicide and then finds herself enmeshed in Evan’s deceptions. Cynthia is played by actress Jennifer Laura Thompson. Jennifer made a splash in 2002 in Urinetown, for which she received a Tony nomination. She then replaced Kristin Chenoweth in Wicked, and most recently, prior to Dear Evan Hansen, appeared in Nice Work if You Can Get It. We recently talked with her about playing Cynthia, the role social media plays in Dear Evan Hansen, being a working mother, and more.