The cast of Dear Evan Hansen can add another accomplishment to their list.
The cast album of this year’s Tony Award-winning Best Musical is currently sitting at No. 1 on the iTunes charts, beating out True Crime Garage’s The Bricca Family Murders and, most notably, Katy Perry’s Witness.
This isn’t the first time the musical has pulled off such a feat. Earlier in February, the album landed at No. 8 on the Billboard album chart, the highest debut for a cast album since Camelot in 1961. (The medieval musical came in at No. 4).
Even Hamilton wasn’t able to crack the top 10 right away; it debuted at No. 12 before peaking at No. 3.
Written by the composing team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul — Oscar winners this year for La La Land‘s “City of Stars“ — Dear Evan Hansen stars Pitch Perfect alum Ben Platt as anxiety-driven teen Evan Hansen, a high school loner who remains on the social outskirts until a lie brings him a wave of popularity (and sudden social media stardom).
The critically-acclaimed musical is a sold-out smash on Broadway, drawing major celebrity fans (thanks, in part, to its rock-pop score — one of Broadway’s catchiest since Rent).
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At Sunday’s Tony awards, the show picked up six awards, including one for Platt — who gave a powerful acceptance speech about the importance of being yourself.
“To all young people watching at home, don’t waste any time trying to be like anybody else because the things that make you strange are the things that make you powerful,” he said.
The cast also performed one of the show’s most popular songs, “Waving Through a Window,” at the ceremony.