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Mental Health Awareness Month (2020)

Rupert, along with other members of the Dear Evan Hansen family, took part in this video supporting Mental Health Awareness Month.

There is also a link to an open letter you can sign,  which asks world leaders to “protect and scale up mental health support in all COVID-19 responses”.

Rupert’s part in the script is: “Our world is not equipped to respond to this global mental health crisis. It wasn’t before the pandemic, and it isn’t now.”

You will be found.

Olivier Awards (2020)

The Olivier Awards has just announced their nominations for 2020. Our Rupert has been nominated as one of four actors in the category Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical for his role as Larry Murphy in Dear Evan Hansen.

DEH West End picked up a total of seven nominations, including Best New Musical, and Best Actor in a Musical for Sam Tutty (Evan Hansen). Jack Loxton (Jared Kleinman) was also nominated in the same category as Rupert. The Murphy family did well, with Lucy Anderson (Zoe Murphy) and Lauren Ward (Cynthia Murphy) both nominated in the category Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical.

You can read the full list of nominations here on the London Theatre site. The award ceremony is scheduled for Sunday 5 April.

Fingers, toes and eyes crossed for a win for Rupert! ♥

Dear Evan Hansen (2019)

Rupert is appearing in the West End production of Dear Evan Hansen, as Larry Murphy, Zoe and Connor’s dad.

The production’s London home is the Noel Coward Theatre – with previews from 29 October 2019, opening on 19 November, and tickets currently selling through to May 2020.

This is wonderful for Rupert, as the Broadway production has been enthusiastically received, and won six Tony Awards in 2017, including Best Musical. I think we’re all anticipating a long run for this in London!

Links:

You might like to consider the book published by Nick Hern Books: Dear Evan Hansen: The Complete Book and Lyrics (West End edition). I’m not sure how much Rupert-related goodness is in there, but he did suggest to me that I keep an eye out for it. Though I’m sure he knows I’m a completist, so that might not be a general recommendation! Available from: Nick Hern Books.

Reviews:

5 stars from Alex Wood for WhatsOnStage: … The result is something quite extraordinary – a musical not like any other. … And its success depends entirely on its leading man.  … Debutant Sam Tutty … wears a lot of the characters’ flaws on his cast-sporting sleeve, from nervous ticks to jaunted mannerisms and turbulent dialogue. It’s hard to appear simultaneously nervy while capable of holding the attention of 900 spectators, but it’s something Tutty manages adeptly – the sort of assurance you rarely get from a first timer. … But Tutty’s success comes while sitting on the shoulders of some titanic supporting performances … In a piece that spends a large portion of its runtime focussing on the anxieties of teens, it’s often the adults that steal the show – Rupert Young and Lauren Ward present a rich, textured relationship as Murphy’s parentsDear Evan Hansen is a desperately powerful exploration of a troubled teen sacrificing the truth for a sense of comfort – startlingly relevant for a world swaddled in screens and fleeting fictions.

Continue reading Dear Evan Hansen (2019)

10 Questions with DEH London’s Larry Murphy – Rupert Young

This short interview appeared on the official Dear Evan Hansen Tumblr account. I am “archiving” it in full here, with great respect but without permission.


He plays the father who teaches us how to break in a glove, so it’s cool to know that Rupert learned how to play the piano from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s mother. You may have seen him in some of Britain’s favorite TV shows like “Merlin” and “Doctor Who.” When he’s not performing, you can find him walking along the South Bank or binge-watching “Stranger Things.” Learn some more fun facts below.

1.) Where can people follow you on social media?

Twitter: @rupertfyoung.

2.) Where did you grow up?

London.

3.) What’s your favourite line / lyric from DEAR EVAN HANSEN?

“If you only say the word, from across the silence your voice is heard.” [from the song “You Will Be Found”]

4.) What’s the first show you saw (West End, Tour, Broadway, etc.)?

My Fair Lady West End and Rent on Broadway.

5.) What are you currently binge-watching on Netflix?

“Stranger Things”.

6.) What’s your favourite app and why?

Podcasts. Takes me into my own little world in the middle of a crowded train in rush hour and makes it bearable.

7.) What’s your favourite song to sing in the shower?

Usually vocal exercises.

8.) What’s your go-to London spot?

Walking along The South Bank. Eating at Hoppers on Wigmore Street. Drinking at Vindinista in Acton.

9.) What’s a hidden talent you have that people might not know about?

I can leapfrog a London postbox.

10.) What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

“Don’t compare yourself to anybody else.”

Launch of The Museum of Lost and Found Potential, London (2019)

The Museum of Lost and Found Potential is a pop-up museum “showing the hopes and dreams lost to neglected mental health and suicide across the world”. It is open free to the public in London for five days in October, and then will tour the world.

The museum was launched on World Mental Health Day (10 October), with the London cast of Dear Evan Hansen performing the song “You Will Be Found”. They were involved because “The Tony Award-winning musical explores teenage mental health and suicide”.

There is a press release from the museum here, from which the above quotes were taken, and they also shared the photo below of the cast (photographer unknown).

The London cast of Dear Evan Hansen perform at the launch of The Museum of Lost and Found Potential. (photographer unknown)