Open run | 2h 20m | Midtown W

Dear Evan Hansen (NYC)

From 4,980 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Great singing, Relevant, Must see

About the show

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

Winner of six Tony Awards including for Best Musical, this show quickly gained a cult following. Pasek and Paul's catchy and emotional score poignantly tells the story of a socially anxious teen, raised by a single mom, who struggles to fit in at school. When a classmate commits suicide, a lie puts Evan Hansen at the center of the tragedy. But as his social currency skyrockets, Evan is forced to make a decision: Will he give himself over to the fantasy he’s created, or will he bite the bullet and risk losing everything he’s ever wanted?

Member Reviews (4980)


Great acting, Absorbing, Great singing, Relevant, Must see

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

Overrated, Manipulative, All-time great lead performance, Amoral

See it if you can get here in time for Ben Platt's performance. Platt truly is the strongest element of the production.

Don't see it if you don't like being manipulated. An invisible choir will repeatedly appear and basically scream their intended emotional response at you.

Also the show's most "inspiring" lyrics are actually ironic in context. Thi... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Insipid, Overrated

See it if You want to see what the buzz is about. We saw it in Washington before NY and can't understand why it is doing well. Did it get rewritten?

Don't see it if You're not into teenage angst and you have no sympathy for the hero getting into trouble through his own stupidity.

Cliched, Disappointing, Overrated, Great singing, Great acting

See it if you want to see really excellent performances and you enjoy musicals about the struggling "outsider" wanting to fit in.

Don't see it if you like shows with an original approach in terms of story and style. You don't like shows excusing deplorable actions with no repercussions

Also Ben Platt gives an amazing performance and there are some good songs. ... Read more Read less

Great singing, Overrated, Cliched, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You want to see a show that has standout acting by Ben Platt and are hoping it will live up to the hype (it doesn't)

Don't see it if You don't like musicals, want an accurate depiction of mental illness or want a deep experience that will stay with you when you leave

Also I was really looking forward to seeing this show and was left somewhat... Read more Read less

Overrated, Great singing

See it if You want to see a well done hopelessly newfangled musical with a star turn ben platt. More of an after school special than bway musicalF

Don't see it if you have no patience for what has become of Broadway music… Banal pop music

Also This is one of those heartfelt musicals that you're supposed to feel m... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Beautiful music, Offensive

See it if you want to see some of the best acting of the year

Don't see it if you're interested in a show that is happy/funny/light-hearted; or deeply offended by a kid gaining fame from someone else's suicide

Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if You're young and have ever felt like an outsider.

Don't see it if You want an uplifting song and dance musical.

Also I think this is an ambitious show, that didn't fully come to fruition.... Read more Read less

Great singing, Indulgent, Relevant

See it if It you can can handle contrived, emotionally manipulative plots.

Don't see it if You need something a little more intelligent...

Disappointing, Cliched, Banal, Dated

See it if you are into teenage angst

Don't see it if if you couldn't care less about teens and their problems

A well intentioned but emotionally misguided musical with a decent but repetitive score.

See it if you're a teenage, YA fan or if you think Pasek & Paul are the greatest composers that Broadway has ever seen.

Don't see it if Aw... don't listen to me. I guess you should see it. I recognize I'm squarely in the minority on this one.

Also I'll preface this by admitting that I am clearly not the target audien... Read more Read less

Cliched, Overrated, Great staging, Slow, Banal

See it if Your heart strings are easily tugged, I guess. Or you like the songs, I guess. Or already think this is up to its hype.

Don't see it if You're the kind of person who often finds the highly hyped disappointing. Or prefers authentic, truly dark material.

Great acting, Great singing, Overrated, Cliched, Glib

See it if You want to see Ben Platt give one of the best musical performances of the past decade

Don't see it if You or someone you know has ever had mental issues.

Also The way that this musical treats Connor is absolutely unforgivable, bu... Read more Read less

Cliched, Edgy, Indulgent, Intense, Overrated

See it if You want to see what the hype is about; if you want to see great acting; if you like lots of crying and plots that rely on lying

Don't see it if You need an actual, helpful portrayal of mental illness; you don't like being manipulated by power chords and Loud Singing to feel emotions

Also I feel kind of bad scoring DEH this low because so many of the moments... Read more Read less

Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Indulgent, Fluffy

See it if You want to see what all the hubbub is about.

Don't see it if You can’t go for cheap.

Also I was shocked by the below mediocrity of this show. The music all soun... Read more Read less

Great acting, Disappointing, Overrated, Indulgent, Cliched

See it if You want to see the "new big thing." Ben Platt is truly wonderful but didn't save the show for me.

Don't see it if You're looking for an accurate portrayal of mental illness or social anxiety. You're looking for a deep plot.

So sad. too sad for me.

See it if You enjoy a super depressing musical. You enjoy a good cry

Don't see it if You don't enjoy really sad shows. This one was just too much for me. Enjoy upbeat performances so much more

Overrated, Intense, Great singing

See it if if you are into a hyped musical and are not willing to look at what is actually happening

Don't see it if you want to actually analyze what this musical actually says and does


See it if you are willing to settle for a superficial telling of very important topics that should be discussed.

Don't see it if you care about young men facing meaningful consequences for their choices. This musical fails in the last 15 minutes.

Great acting, Edgy, Intense, Profound, Emotional

See it if you want to see an emotionally stirring and deep piece of work.

Don't see it if you want something cohesive, tight or resounding. The main character is grossly unlikeable, but the actor makes the performance watchable.

Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you like the soundtrack, you want to watch a show that has relevance. Very popular show.

Don't see it if you are sensitive to topics such as suicide. May not be appropriate for young children.

Banal, Excruciating, Cliched

See it if You are easily manipulated

Don't see it if You have little sympathy for teen catfishers and subpar writing that has been overhyped

Overrated, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if you’re 14 years old and have nothing better to do. The songs are great but don’t work in the story.

Don't see it if You value your time and money.

Entertaining, Surface level, Overrated

See it if You're a big Evan Hansen fan and know all the lyrics off by heart before you seen the show.

Don't see it if If you're not the above person, or if you've ever suffered from depression or anxiety.

Also The hype of the show killed it for me. I was very excited to see it (a... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Cliched, Confusing, Fluffy

See it if you like contemporary pop rock musical theater a la 54 Below.

Don't see it if you are expecting the musical to SAY something about mental illness. They only capitalize on a "socially relevant" topic.

Also As someone who is deeply affected by mental illness, the way they appr... 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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