Dear Evan Hansen (Broadway)
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Dear Evan Hansen (Broadway)
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Dear Evan Hansen (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

91%
(5458 Reviews)
Positive
96%
Mixed
3%
Negative
1%
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Great acting, Absorbing, Great singing, Relevant, Must see

2017 Tony winner for Best Musical, this show is about being young and surviving the modern world.

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983 Reviews | 229 Followers
95
Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Relevant

See it if will be one of the best shows you will see all year! Get acting, singing and staging. This is what I call a big time show that is must see.

Don't see it if Based on the topic and subject, some may be heart broken on the subject or have a bad remembrance .

811 Reviews | 221 Followers
93
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if you like musicals with a message that are not over the top but pleasant, well-directed in exploring family issues & young members maturation

Don't see it if you are looking for a musical that is all happy from beginning to end or do not like frank language.

746 Reviews | 124 Followers
84
Great singing, Emotionally realistic, Distracting set, Touching, Amusing

See it if a plausible sweet musical about young people finding their way emotionally interests you. Nice voices and well articulated singing.

Don't see it if a flashing, media infested set, visible orchestra that rides up & down like carousel horse will disable your willing suspension of disbelief

692 Reviews | 152 Followers
86
Ambitious, Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Intense

See it if you're interested in new musicals on offbeat but meaningful topics with innovative, rock-based scores sung by a great cast

Don't see it if You don't like contemporary rock musicals about teenagers with lyrics sometimes screamed as well as youthful enthusiasm

612 Reviews | 125 Followers
95
Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, A little to long

See it if The message that suicide is never the answer. You are not alone. It funny too. Great show for teens too.

Don't see it if About Suicide. It is a little too long.

567 Reviews | 146 Followers
91
Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Masterful

See it if Lauded original pop musical feat. a young man yearning for love and acceptance. Depending on the lead, very affecting and moving.

Don't see it if Both rewards and punishes deceit. In his empathetic role, unfortunately, Ben Platt is irreplaceable.

481 Reviews | 315 Followers
82
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great singing, Intense, Relevant

See it if you want to see this giant hit. Ben Platt gives a unique and memorable performance. All the actors were excellent.

Don't see it if You want a light musical. This one is very intense and deals with many serious issues. Stressful to watch at times! Really a strange story

501 Reviews | 103 Followers
55
Just average, Overrated

See it if You like dramatic musicals that give you a little bit of comedy as well.

Don't see it if You are expecting a musical that will give you fun and happy type music. Read more

Critic Reviews (53)

The New York Times
December 4th, 2016
For a previous production

"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."
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Time Out New York
December 4th, 2016
For a previous production

"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."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
December 4th, 2016
For a previous production

"So fine in its craft and rich in its gathering of themes that it rewards being seen again—and again...Platt imbues the character with so much pathos and lively detail that he succeeds as the story’s engine despite being almost pathologically passive...That Levenson has been able to find spots for humor at all in this grippingly sad story, and that Pasek and Paul have been able to turn those opportunities into songs of comic relief is a sign of the size of the ideas in play."
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The Hollywood Reporter
December 4th, 2016
For a previous production

"What's perhaps most distinctive about Pasek and Paul's melodic emo-pop score is how beautifully it captures the peaks and valleys of adolescence, in the thoughtful lyrics and in the music itself...Playwright Steven Levenson matches the musical components beat for beat in his terrific book, which sets up with persuasive conviction what could easily have been a contrived premise...Across the board, the ensemble is superb, each of them registering rich moments of emotional complexity."
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Entertainment Weekly
December 4th, 2016
For a previous production

"It’s not simply that the songs are tuneful. It’s that they have a way of instantly piercing your heart and burrowing into your consciousness, while also illuminating character and propelling the plot (no small achievement!)...Credit librettist Steven Levenson for creating such a believable young character, from the anxiety meds to the self-deprecating dialogue. It also doesn’t hurt that Platt possesses, on top of a powerhouse voice, a seemingly limitless reserve of charm."
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Variety
December 4th, 2016
For a previous production

"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."
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The Wall Street Journal
December 5th, 2016
For a previous production

"It’s smartly crafted, emotionally open-hearted and ideally cast. What’s more, it’s pitched to and has been embraced by millennials...yet its appeal is universal...Michael Greif has staged 'Dear Evan Hansen' with fluid, fast-moving simplicity...The score is not quite as strong as Steven Levenson’s ingenious book...Still, the songs work on their own terms, and the book is strong enough that it could be done on its own as a play...The best musical to open on Broadway since 'Hamilton.'"
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Deadline
December 4th, 2016
For a previous production

"The score by Pasek and Paul is packed with engaging tunes and insightful lyrics. The book by Levenson portrays teen angst taken beyond the normal boundaries with compelling dignity...Platt plays the title role in a movingly sensitive, career-making performance...Platt seems more to inhabit Evan than to merely portray him...The score soars, bringing us along with it. 'Dear Evan Hansen' is an intimate show with a gigantic heart."
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