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Why see Dear Evan Hansen?

The Broadway Phenomenon

Following its hugely successful run at Broadway's Music Box Theater, this darkly comic musical is touring across the country once more. The six-time Tony-winning, poignant and thought-provoking production has received rave reviews from critics for its unexpectedly touching portrayal of misunderstood youth, young love, and the search for acceptance, with a score from the composing team behind 2017's Academy Award-winning La-La Land, Benj Pasek, and Justin Paul.

WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

Dear Evan Hansen is a cautionary tale about how a lie can spread across a community long before the truth even has a look in. The eponymous Evan of the story is an anxiety-ridden high school misfit who is desperate for any form of recognition from his peers. So much so, that when his classmate Connor commits suicide after suffering from depression, a mysterious suicide note appears in the weeks after, seemingly addressed to Evan.

Now infamous by association with the dead teen, Evan finally gains the spotlight that he craves. However, when a traumatized local community, not to mention his family, starts begging Evan for more clues about Connor's state of mind, Evan's world starts to unravel with frightening speed. With Connor's parents and sister Zoe (who just happens to be Evan's crush) finding solace in the note, it isn't long before the powers of social media start to question its validity and Evan's own motives.

Exploring the angst of modern youth

Teen angst and grief collide in this intelligent take on what it means to be young, in love, an outcast and lonely in modern life. With a book by the award-winning, up and coming young writer Steven Levenson (Masters Of Sex and Wayward Pines), and helmed by the three-time Tony nominee Michael Greif (the man behind the 1996 smash hit Rent and most recently If/Then), Dear Evan Hansen is making its mark as one of the most socially relevant musicals in recent years.

Key Information

Audience

Parental discretion is advised

Run Time

Around two and a half hours with one intermission

Dates

Nov 22 - 24

Cast

Anthony Norman as Evan Hansen
Alaina Anderson as Zoe Murphy
Coleen Sextoas Heidi Hansen
Lili Thomas as Cythia Murphy
August Emerson as Connor Murphy
John Hemphill as Larry Murphy
Pablo David Laucerica as Jared Kleinman
Micaela Lamas as Alana Beck
Jeffrey Cornelius as Alternate Evan Hansen, Understudy Jared Kleinman
Valeria Ceballos as Understudy Zoe Murphy, Understudy Alana Beck
Ian Coursey as Understudy Connor Murphy, Understudy Jared Kleinman
Reese Sebastian Diaz as Understudy Evan Hansen, Connor Murphy, Jared Kleinman
Gillian Jackson Han as Understudy Zoe Murphy, Understudy Alana Beck
Isabel Santiago as Understudy Heidi Hansen, Understudy Cynthia Murphy
Daniel Robert Sullivan as Understudy Larry Murphy
Kelsey Venter as Understudy Heidi Hansen, Understudy Cynthia Murphy
Pierce Wheeler as Understudy Evan Hansen, Understudy Jared Kleinman

Creative

Book by Steven Levenson
Lyrics by Benj Pasek
Music by Justin Paul
Directed by Michael Greif
Choreography by Danny Mefford
Set Design by David Korins
Costumes by Emily Rebholz
Lighting Design by Japhy Weideman
Sound Design by Nevin Steinberg
Projection Design by Peter Nigrini

Awards

2018 Grammy Award Wins

Best Musical Theater Album

2017 TONY AWARD Wins

Best Musical
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical - Ben Platt
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical - Rachel Bay Jones
Best Book of a Musical - Steven Levenson
Best Original Score - Benj Pasek & Justin Paul
Best Orchestrations - Alex Lacamoire

2017 Tony Award Nominations

Best Musical
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical - Ben Platt
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical - Mike Faist
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical - Rachel Bay Jones
Best Book of a Musical - Steven Levenson
Best Original Score - Benj Pasek & Justin Paul
Best Lighting Design of a Musical - Japhy Weideman
Best Direction of a Musical - Michael Greif
Best Orchestrations - Alex Lacamoire

Reviews

Our review

Emotional, remarkable, inspiring

Dear Evan Hansen beautifully explores the search for love, dealing with grief, loneliness, and self-exploration while being surrounded by digital noise. We may have mastered worldwide connectivity but have we begun to conquer the power of communication?

Nicola Quinn

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Customer reviews

31 reviews, average rating: (4.0 Stars)

JT

mesorizing

Beautiful story presented in a great way - vert talented cast & band!! Music is fabulous and powerful. No downsides - all good - don't miss it you have the opportunity to see it. ... Read more

Would rather not say

The show is a masterpiece; cast not so much

This was my second time seeing this show plus I have seen the movie twice. I saw the Broadway cast (Sadly not with Ben Platt but with almost all the other originals) in the 4th row center and it was a tearjerking masterpiece. This cast was mostly good, but the guy who plays Evan Hansen...well? Not so much. ... Read more

Joe

Great production

Have to start off by saying this production is a terrific version of this show. The only problem is the sound which has been an issue all season at PPAC. We’ve been subscribers for years but this year something has changed. Not sure if there is an in house sound engineer (which seems to be as it’s been an issue with every production this year) or if it’s the system that’s built in and all production companies have to use it. Whatever the reason, the sound has been so inconsistent for every show. Our seats are in the first half dozen rows on the aisle, so there should be no reason that we can’t hear the dialogue but it’s been terrible. Hopefully they can get it together or we probably won’t renew. ... Read more

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