"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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.