New in 2016 A new musical that follows one student's struggle for identity as he becomes involved in the family tragedy of another teen.
From the producers: All his life Evan Hansen has felt invisible. To his peers, to the girl he loves, sometimes even to his own mother. But that was before he wrote the letter - that led to the incident - that started the lie - that ignited a movement - that inspired a community - and changed Evan's status from the ultimate outsider into the somebody everyone wants to know. But how long can Evan keep his secret? And at what price?
Audience Note: There will be no late seating for Dear Evan Hansen. Patrons arriving after the performance has begun will not be admitted until intermission. After intermission, there will be no admittance for Act II.
Sparked by a real-life death at co-author Benj Pasek's high school more than a decade ago, "Dear Evan Hansen" follows one student's struggle for identity amidst the ensuing chaos. The musical makes its Broadway premiere following sold-out engagements at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. and Off Broadway's Second Stage Theatre.
"Dear Evan Hansen" received two 2016 Obie Awards, for Musical Theatre, as well as the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical and the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Musical.
The musical features music and lyrics by the Tony and Emmy-nominated composing team of Pasek and Justin Paul ("Dogfight"), a book by Steven Levenson ("Masters of Sex"), choreography by Danny Mefford ("Fun Home") and direction by three-time Tony nominee Michael Greif ("Rent," "If/Then").
Thrilling and unforgettable...original and up-to-the-minute, the musical has a lot to say. Stirring ballads and rousing group songs in the vibrant, varied score ooze emotions. Director Greif excels at guiding actors through complex stories - and his work has never been better. The show's so satisfying it deserves a thank you note.
In the title role, Platt [gives] a portrayal that defines the evening. The show as a whole, though, seemed less of an accomplishment. The script ultimately backs off the issues it raises in the service of a happy ending. The evening is seldom lifted by the songs, which tend to a bland sameness. And the direction seems at times wrongheaded, better suited to a bigger story.