DEAR EVAN HANSEN | A New Musical On Broadway


Dear Evan Hansen NYC - Broadway - Music Box Theatre

Tony Award-Nominated "Dear Evan Hansen"

Recipient of 9 Tony Nominations

Broadway is proud to host this dark, yet comedic musical after its massively successful and critically well-received stint at the Second Stage Theatre. Reviewers have raved about this pensive, touching production that explores key themes including young romance, misunderstood youngsters and the quest for acceptance on which most everyone has embarked. The musical features an impressive score created by the composing team of Justin Paul and Benj Pasek, whose credentials include prior Tony Award nominations and Oscar wins as well work on acclaimed film, "La La Land."

Key Plot Points

Ben Platt is slated to bring his prior role to Broadway in what has been billed as a cautionary story concerning the ways in which untruths can take root among a group of people in the blink of an eye. The Evan Hansen character is a high school student plagued by anxiety and who is also having trouble fitting in. Desperately seeking the acknowledgement of fellow students, things take an interesting turn when, following a classmate's suicide, a cryptic note appears which appears to be meant for Evan.

With this newfound link to the deceased student, Evan receives the attention he has long desired, but all is not as it seems. The grief-ridden community starts beseeching Evan for insights into the dead teen's motivations and mindset prior to his suicide, sending Evan into a tailspin. The parents of Connor, the boy who took his own life, have found real comfort in the note, though skeptical voices on social media begin to ask questions about its legitimacy as well as Evan's own veracity.

Handy Trivia: Paul and Pasek are well-known for their songwriting prowess, as is evidenced by their recent Academy Award and Golden Globe nods in the Best Original Song category for their work on La La Land.

Intended Audience Demographic: Theatergoers young and old will both appreciate the story told in Dear Evan Hansen, with both groups benefiting from its thought-provoking themes.

Production Highlight: The dramatic talents of Ben Platt, a truly rising star on Broadway and beyond!

Lingering Effects: Though the production left me emotionally drained, I would not hesitate to see it again, given its extremely high quality and theatrical impact.