Open run | 2h 20m | Midtown W

Dear Evan Hansen (NYC)

From 4,456 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Great singing, Must see, Relevant

About the show

'Dear Evan Hansen' is about how we share, like, and friend, love, feel, and survive in the modern world. Winner of six 2017 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. More…

A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to finally fit in. Created by three-time Tony-nominated director Michael Greif ('Rent,' 'Next to Normal,' 'Grey Gardens'), Tony-nominated songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul ('A Christmas Story,' NBC’s 'Smash'), and playwright Steven Levenson, 'Dear Evan Hansen' is a new American musical about life and the way we live it.


Member Reviews (4456)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Great singing, Must see, Relevant
92
Avg Score

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 .

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

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

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.

92
Writing captures contemporary themes, Great singing and acting, Moving and impactful

See it if Confluence of mis-parenting, HS misfit, social anxiety & social media prove despite mistakes everyone matters and deserves love & friendship

Don't see it if Difficulty with serious issues including teenage suicide, social outcast, extreme shyness, isolation, and mental health & anxiety medication

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.

94
Transfixing, Great acting, Very moving, Memorable score

See it if you like small wonderful musicals about family & adolescence w/ lots of emotion & plenty of tears. Really looking forward to the cast album!

Don't see it if You have no interest in teen angst, you have a strong moral opposition to lying no matter why, you need lots of dancing or big sets.

90
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Great singing, Profound

See it if You enjoy beautifully made theater that is both funny and sad, quirky and fresh, beautiful and at times heartbreaking.

Don't see it if This is all about anxiety and suicide. Don't see it if those are triggers for you.

92
Miraculous, Must see, Redefines when you can no longer express it in words, sing, Hard to be better, cast, direction, book, lyrics, music, Ben platt = evan hansen

See it if want to experience the next step in musical storytelling post-Hamilton, & shouldn't miss Ben Platt's perfect performance as Evan Hansen

Don't see it if social issue theatre makes you squirm in your seat, teen suicide, broken families, or pop rock are not your jam, jelly or preserves

80
Clever, Edgy, Relevant, Resonant, A new musical with really good new music!

See it if appreciate new and exciting musical theatre.

Don't see it if no reason not to see.

97
Absorbing, Great singing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you like inventive musicals that have an important message.This is a DO NOT MISS show. See it. As close to flawless as a musical can be.

Don't see it if you are brain dead! This is even stronger than when it was at Second Stage. Cast is brilliant, score is excellent, staging is marvelous. GO!

87
Sentimental, Great music, Tense, Commercial, Riveting

See it if It’s like the high points of Glee seasons 1-2 but w/ original songs. Distinctly modern: high stakes digitally compounded at untenable scale.

Don't see it if Otherwise conventional. Makes safe bets. Can’t go wrong pinning burden of your personal fulfillment on unavailable girl. #youwillbeforgiven

Also Pros: Strong songwriting fits right into the Top 40 Pop. Points on the... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Great singing, Edgy, Profound, This show will save lives

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 traditional musical with dance breaks or are unprepared for being taken on an emotional journey

Also Suicide and being socially outcast/feeling isolated are central to thi... Read more Read less

90
Fresh, Absorbing, Great singing, Great acting, Utterly credible

See it if We've all seen plays about teenage angst, but this one shares so generously. A cast who feel thoroughly committed to their stories and sing.

Don't see it if ...so well, relatable and modern themes that are compelling, result in a production where the audience of all ages cries with the actors.

75
Relevant, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if This Wed. mat had no gray haired matrons, young audience.Characters were one dimensional,story was less than compelling. Not an empty seat!

Don't see it if Do not see if you perfer dramas .

96
Timely, Intelligent, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Moving

See it if you want to see an intelligent musical whose subtitle could be "What a tangled web we weave!".

Don't see it if modern set design and lighting irritate you (think Curious Incident).

Also I found this piece more appealing intellectually than viscerally, and ... Read more Read less

90
Soulful, Pathos-invoking performances, Memorable, Relevant, timely, timeless, Gripping

See it if you like musicals that blend timeless morals and modern settings. Screens highlighting digital media are juxtaposed with domestic scenes.

Don't see it if you don't want to be moved, dislike contemporary musicals, prefer a show with a lot of bells and whistles in choreography, or lack a heart.

Also I'd purchased a Dear Evan Hansen ticket months ago, mostly out of curi... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Relevant

See it if If you want to see a musical about issues that affects teens and how to fit into this all too difficult world

Don't see it if Don't see it if you want a light cheerful evening....

95
Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Great writing, Resonant

See it if Believe the hype . It really is that good .

Don't see it if Just go. If you can get a ticket .

99
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great singing, Must see

See it if You like a brilliant original score performed by an outstanding cast. Excellent and humorous handing of a serious and timely issue.

Don't see it if do not like musicals or staging of serious timely topics.

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Overrated

See it if The ticket prices don't scare you away. It's a great show. You really feel his anxiety. It's a struggle to watch, but very thoughtful.

Don't see it if You have serious anxiety and watching a kid get deeper and deeper in a hole he can't dig himself out of will trigger you.

100
Absorbing, Exquisite, Epic, Great singing, Must see

See it if you want to go on an emotional rollercoaster with a contemporary story. FYI: You WILL cry.

Don't see it if you want a happy show or are extremely sensitive to the themes of: suicide, social anxiety, lying.

Also Ben Platt was out when we went, but after a moment of glumness, we wer... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Great writing, Relevant

See it if You want to see an original play about teenage struggles, beautifully acted with beautiful songs. Relevant to anyone who has felt alone.

Don't see it if You are triggered by serious teenage issues and problems. This is a heartbreaking story.

Also Ben Platt is an extraordinary actor and singer. It was an honor to see... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Ambitious, Dizzying, Great staging, Profound

See it if you are looking for a totally surprising new kind of Broadway musical.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in a new theater experience.

67
Great acting, Overrated, Disappointing, Better as a play, Internal logic off

See it if You go for the performances and can suspend your disbelief. If you take a teenager.

Don't see it if You like to hear all the words in the songs.

Also I don't think the songs add anything to the central story, so I questi... Read more Read less


December 4th, 2016
"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...
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December 4th, 2016
"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 ex...
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December 4th, 2016
"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 fo...
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December 4th, 2016
"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...
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