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Dear Evan Hansen is a musical about a young guy with a social anxiety disorder. The play is about a very sensitive topic and it required a lot of courage from people behind Dear Evan Hansen to even think about taking it on, let alone converting it into such a breathtaking musical.
The musical is exceptional in every sense of the word, to say the least. Since its debut in Washington in 2015, it has captured the imagination of the fans and critics, unlike any other play in recent years. The musical stole the show at the seventy first edition of the Tony Awards by winning a whopping six awards.
Now that it has taken over Broadway, Dear Evan Hansen tickets are in very high demand. If you are a theater fan, then make your way to the Music Box Theatre and watch this modern day classic, live. It is an experience you will not get over for quite a while.
Dear Evan Hansen Information (Broadway)
- Director - Michael Greif
- Producer - Stacey Mindich
- Composer/Lyricist - Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
- Writer - Steven Levenson
Dear Evan Hansen is not your traditional musical. The play is about the protagonist Evan Hansen who does not have the most comfortable life. He suffers from social anxiety which affects him in school and his social life. On top of that, he has to deal with issues at home, especially when it comes to his mother. The finances are tight and Hansen also has a broken arm to deal with.
Then Connor Murphy, one of the students in his school commits suicide and that unfortunate incident changes Hansen’s life. Due to weird circumstances, people start to think of him as a close friend of the late Connor Murphy. He starts to get importance and even gets close to Murphy’s family. He starts to get the importance and social acceptability that he had always craved. It however gets very hard for him to maintain the charade.
To come up with a musical as good as Dear Evan Hansen and that too on such a serious subject shows the credibility and the talent of not only the performers but the creative team as well. Hansen’s double life and all the emotional trauma he faces as a result is extremely moving.
Dear Evan Hansen-Original Score
Since Dear Evan Hansen is a musical, there are plenty of songs that are very intricately linked with the characters and the storyline. The cast recording of the Broadway production came out on February 3, 2017. People who pre-ordered the album got the chance to download the track “waving Through a Window” before the release of the recording.
It debuted at the eighth spot on the Billboard 200 to record the best debut by a cast recording since Camelot way back in 1961. According to Billboard, the sales figures also put it on the third spot on the list of the best debuts by a cast recording over the past twenty five years. Not only that, but Dear Evan Hansen was also the fourth cast recording to reach the top ten of the Billboard 200 in the last half-century.
Dear Evan Hansen-Cast
A lot of the success that has been enjoyed by Dear Evan Hansen is because of the performances by its stellar cast. Ben Platt plays the role of Evan Hansen on Broadway, just like he did in the debut production of the play in Washington and its Off-Broadway run. Platt is exceptional in the musical and it is his performances that lend credibility to Evan Hansen.
Laura Dreyfuss is Zoe Murphy, the sister of the late Connor Murphy and Evan Hansen’s love interest. Laura’s performances are nothing short of impeccable. Rachel Bay Jones is Heidi Hansen, Evan Hansen’s mother. She has arguments with her son on a regular basis because she struggles to understand what he is going through. That puts a strain on their relationship that reaches breaking point.
Jennifer Laura Thompson and Michael Park play the roles of Cynthia Murphy and Larry Murphy respectively, the parents of Connor and Zoe. Cynthia struggles to get over the death of her son while Larry who had never been emotionally attached to his family, gets close to Evan.
The lives of all the characters are intertwined and the fact they all have different issues to deal with, makes Dear Evan Hansen a complex yet beautifully directed musical.
Dear Evan Hansen-What the Critics Have Said
Dear Evan Hansen has received a lot of critical acclaim and all of that is well merited. The New York Times called it “A gorgeous new musical for anyone with a beating heart.” The Washington Post’s Peter Marks went even further and described the play as “One of the most remarkable shows in musical theater history.”
Writing in The Huffington Post, Matthew Murphy calls it “a show that captures your attention immediately, enchants you with its characters and its songs, pulls you through emotional turbulence, and leaves you cheering and wanting to go back for more.”
Dear Evan Hansen-The Theater Run
Dear Evan Hansen made its debut in Washington. The Arena Stage was the venue and it was played there between July 10 and August 23, 2015. From there it moved Off-Broadway the year after to take the stage at the Second Stage Theatre. The previews began there on March 26, 2016, with it officially opening on May 1, 2016. The Off-Broadway run came to a close on May 29.
Dear Evan Hansen had received a lot of acclaim for the earlier two productions and that paved the way for it to go to Broadway where it debuted at the Music Box Theatre on November 14, 2016. Because of all the success the musical has enjoyed, it has been announced that it will be going on a US wide tour in 2018.
Dear Evan Hansen- The Awards
Dear Evan Hansen’s Washington production won three Helen Hayes Awards. The Off-Broadway run won two Outer Critics Circle Awards, one Drama Desk Award, two Obie Awards and two Lucille Lortel Awards.
The Broadway production of Dear Evan Hansen earned nine Tony Award nominations and won in six categories including “Best Musical,” “Best Book of a Musical” and “Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical.” It also won two Drama League Awards.
Cheap Dear Evan Hansen Tickets
With it getting so much acclaim and the fact that the musical will also be going on a tour in 2018, expect a lot of fans to be looking for Dear Evan Hansen ticket prices. If you want to see what has made this epic play resonate with the fans and critics alike then you can do that by getting cheap Dear Evan Hansen tickets here.