REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Dear Evan Hansen” Opened with a ShowScore of 91

Show-Score | Dec 5, 2016
“Dear Evan Hansen,” with songs by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, a book by Steven Levenson, and directed by Michael Greif, opened on December  4, 2016 in New York City. “Dear Evan Hansen,” with songs by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, a book by Steven Levenson, and directed by Michael Greif, opened on December 4, 2016 in New York City.


70 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 89.

Charles Isherwood
The New York Times
ShowScore: 95
"The marvelous young actor Ben Platt is giving a performance that’s not likely to be bettered on Broadway this season. What’s more, this gorgeous heartbreaker of a musical has grown in emotional potency during its journey to the big leagues...The musical finds endless nuances in the relationships among its characters...Under the superb direction of the veteran Michael Greif, the show has been subtly refined, its brasher comedy softened, and the performances have grown in delicacy."
Marilyn Stasio
ShowScore: 90
"Not since 'Next to Normal' has a score tapped so deeply into the troubled psyche of its needy protagonist...The lyrics go beyond the spoken thought and reach for the unspoken feelings hiding behind the words. Better yet, there’s not a hint of sentimentality...Under the thoughtful direction of Greif, Platt goes beyond physical specificity to get under Evan’s skin and into his unsettled mind. And the introspective, gentle score becomes the language of his troubled thoughts and yearnings."
Adam Feldman
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 100
"Platt is giving one of the greatest leading male performances I’ve ever seen in a musical, and the thrillingly modern and moving 'Dear Evan Hansen' is worthy of it...The musical benefits mightily from Greif’s dynamic direction, Korins’s vivid set design, Nigrini's cascading projections and an excellent cast...Benj Pasek and Justin Paul’s score brims with tuneful and thoughtful songs...And Levenson’s book is unfailingly smart...'Dear Evan Hansen' must be seen to be believed."

“Dear Evan Hansen” was also reviewed by Jonathan Mandell of DC Theatre Scene, Lindsay Timmington of On Stage Blog, Tim Teeman of Daily Beast, Mark Shenton of The Stage (UK), Melissa Rose Bernardo of Entertainment Weekly, Chris J Kelly of The Star-Ledger (, Robin Riegelhaupt of Reviewing The Drama, Brian Scott Lipton of CitiTour, Linda Winer of Newsday, Jeremy Gerard of Deadline, Suzanna Bowling of Times Square Chronicles, Chris Jones of Chicago Tribune, Jesse Green of New York Magazine / Vulture, Joe Dziemianowicz of New York Daily News, David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter, Matt Windman of AM New York, Matthew Murray of Talkin' Broadway, Steven Suskin of The Huffington Post, and Hayley Levitt of Theatermania.


The show was also reviewed by 636 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 92.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Must see, Thought-provoking

MichelleJoy, ShowScore: 95
See it if…"You are ready to ugly cry in public. This is moving, beautifully written, and superbly acted. Ben Platt is simply outstanding." 
Don't see it if…"You want a traditional musical with dance breaks, or are unprepared for being taken on an emotional journey."
Steffi, ShowScore: 80 
See it if…"You like contemporary musicals with a heart and something to say. Young, fresh acting and beautifully sung." 
Don't see it if…"You are looking for dancing and 11 o'clock numbers. This tells a real story."
Tim B, ShowScore: 98
See it if…"You thought you'd never see anything as superbly crafted and executed as 'Hamilton.'" 
Don't see it if…"You prefer entertainment that asks nothing in return."

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