SZA Sings About 'The Anonymous Ones' In New Dear Evan Hansen Song
Tomorrow (September 24), the film adaptation of hit musical Dear Evan Hansen
will finally hit theaters, and with it comes a brand-new song written specifically for the movie. That's fairly normal for Hollywood treatments of Broadway shows. Although what makes Dear Evan Hansen
's new tune, "The Anonymous Ones
," special is who co-wrote it (and who sings it in the film), and also who sings it on the soundtrack.
For the film, star Amandla Stenberg
collaborated with original music writers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul to create "The Anonymous Ones" a real moment for her character, Alana. And in keeping with that, a new version of the track from SZA
feels identically big. Her take on "The Anonymous Ones" comes complete with a new video that dropped today (September 23).
In the clip, helmed by superstar director Collin Tilley, SZA's day-to-day routine illuminates the undercurrent of the song's meaning: that each person is going through their own battles, often quietly and anonymously, and that you never quite know anyone's story. "Keep on keeping secrets that they think they have to hide," she sings. "What if everybody's secret is they have that secret side?"
It's a message that runs through both the musical and the film, which follow the fallout of the title character's big lie and its repercussions. With him through that is Alana, whose own inner turmoil is what inspired her to work with Pasek and Paul on the track.
"The intention was to deepen her as a character and understand that she's actually going through her own struggles with mental illness," Stenberg mentioned in a recent interview
"She's attempting to tell [Evan] you may feel alone in everything that you're going through, although there really are so several people — the anonymous ones — who are also going through it, also, and who are also struggling with mental illness. You just have to get to know them deeper, and then you could actually connect and be susceptible together, and we may all feel much less alone."
"I'm so happy that she connects to it and feels it in her heart," Stenberg mentioned. Check out SZA's version of "The Anonymous Ones" and its accompanying new visual above.
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