After smash-hit, sold-out productions last summer at Washington, D.C.’s Arena Stage and then Off-Broadway this spring at Second Stage Theatre, the deeply moving and tenderly funny new musical Dear Evan Hansen moves to Broadway.
With Ben Platt (The Book of Mormon) heading the cast in a star-making performance, Dear Evan Hansen is directed by three-time Tony nominee Michael Greif (Rent, Next to Normal), with a score by Tony nominees Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (A Christmas Story) and a book by Steven Levenson (Masters of Sex).
Dear Evan Hansen is the stirring, surprising story of an outsider who’s about to enter his senior year of high school. Friendless, lonely and riddled with self doubt, Evan finds himself mistakenly thrust into the spotlight at his school when a tragedy occurs, and everyone thinks he’s done something he hasn’t: befriended another misfit who takes his own life. Suddenly, everyone wants to be his friend, including the girl on whom he has a secret crush. But should he reveal the truth? And will everyone still like him if they find out who he really is?
In an age when almost every Broadway musical is adapted from a movie or novel, Dear Evan Hansen is a true rarity: an entirely original new musical.
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Star Ben Platt earned tremendous raves as well, with Deadline writing that he’s giving “an astonishingly sensitive, career-making performance.”
Charles Isherwood of The New York Times cheers, “This is a superb musical with great heart and humor.” Peter Marks of The Washington Post calls it “a heart-piercing trip to the place that musical theater can sometimes take us to.” And Entertainment Weekly says Dear Evan Hansen is “a 21st century show whose performance and emotions linger long after the final bow,” adding, “The entire cast is wonderful.”