Everything You Need to Know About Dear Evan Hansen

Current Broadway cast (2018) of Dear Evan Hansen. Photo: Matthew Murphy
Current Broadway cast (2018) of Dear Evan Hansen. Photo: Matthew Murphy

Dear Evan Hansen is an original musical that explores social anxiety, teenage angst and morality.

The West End production of Dear Evan Hansen opens at the Noël Coward Theatre in October 2019.

“A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to finally fit in.”

Dear Evan Hansen is a hit Broadway musical about life and the way we live it written by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul. The show tells the story of a teenage boy who finds it difficult to talk to people and make friends. However, following a tragic event involving one of his classmates, he finds himself drawn closer to a group of people for the first time in his life.


The show has been a critical hit with many applauding the bravery of exploring such issues on stage, however, some critics are less than happy with how Evan is depicted at the end of the show feeling there should be more exploration into Evan’s moral responsibilities rather than a resolved/happy ending.

The musical premiered at the Arena Stage in Washington, DC, in July 2015 and opened on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre in December 2016. Ben Platt originated the role on Broadway and has won huge acclaim for his portrayal of Evan Hansen, including winning the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical in 2017 at the age of twenty-three.

Writers, Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, met at the University of Michigan while studying for their BFA degrees in musical theatre in December 2006. This is not their first (or we suspect last) hit, the two also worked on La La Land and The Greatest Showman! The book is written by Steven Levenson.




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