New York | 2h 20m | Open run

Dear Evan Hansen (NYC)

From 53 critic and 4,067 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.

The Observer UK

"It’s Mr. Platt who earns the affectionate audience responses, not the character of Evan Hansen created in the one-note, one-dimensional pop tunes by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, or the unexceptional book by Steven Levenson that makes everyone sound like they’re reading from the cue cards on a television sitcom…It’s the kind of phony feel-good narrative that could bend toward parody and get boring fast. But thanks to Ben Platt, that possibility never comes up." Full Review


"The script ultimately backs off the issues it raises in the service of a happy ending...The evening is seldom lifted by the songs, which, with several notable exceptions, tend to a bland sameness, especially lyrically. And the direction, by Michael Greif, seems at times wrongheaded, better suited to a bigger story...When 'Dear Evan Hansen' is involving, as it certainly is at times, the great share of the credit goes to Platt and his prize-worthy performance." Full Review

Theatre Arts Daily

“Maudlin and sentimental...One of the most ideologically backwards shows I’ve ever seen…A show that makes my flesh crawl with how ultimately harmfully it treats mental illness. However, at the center of this disaster is Ben Platt, who gives one of the most astonishingly good performances I’ve ever seen at the center of a musical. His performance is so extraordinary that the show not only becomes bearable, but actually required viewing.” Full Review

Disappointing, Ambitious

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

Relevant, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if you are a teen or a teacher or a fan of Ben Platt.

Don't see it if you expect a riveting show.

Also I am probably in the minority, but I thought this show was so slow and... Read more Read less

Boring songs, Overrated, Great staging, Disappointing

See it if You have teenage kids or if your TV is stuck on CW or ABC Family. I will say the production value was fantastic and it's a good story.

Don't see it if What really let's this musical down is the music. None of the lyrics or tunes were clever or memorable. Better if this was a play.

Overrated, Great acting, Disappointing, Banal

See it if You want an alright story with alright music that is well acted. The music is good but it doesn't stick.

Don't see it if You want a complex or deep story. This is very faux deep.

Emotional, Indulgent, Overrated, Great singing, Cliched

See it if you enjoy drama that is milked and heavy-handed. Singing is strong, and the emotion is earnest and heartfelt. Ben Platt is a star.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy cliche, sappy, and mopey storytelling; a show that takes its serious issues and manipulates to utmost tearjerker territory.

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

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, Edgy, Overrated, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if You're into popular shows

Don't see it if You have anxiety, depression, or like fast paced shows

Great acting, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if You want to see some lovely performances. Rachel Bay Jones is particularly terrific.

Don't see it if This didn't work for me at all. I rather hated the score. The set is a mess and the book did not engage me.

Overrated, Great singing, Disappointing

See it if you are 14 year old girl. They apparently really like it. If you get bored easily, if you prefer a bit of production, dancing, etc.

Don't see it if you are a psychologist - you will hate this. I was bored! That never happens to me on Broadway but - there it is. It was farfetched. Dull.

Dated, Banal, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if you are into teenage angst

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

Great acting, Great singing, Overrated, Disappointing, Cliched

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

Overrated, Surface level, Entertaining

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

Relevant, Indulgent, Great singing

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

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

Great singing, Overrated

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

Confusing, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if You liked "The Greatest Showman" You liked "La La Land"

Don't see it if It trivializes mental illness in search of an unjustifiable happy ending. No way this story can end happily but it does.The music is banal.

Overrated, Entertaining, Delightful, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you like Disney channel original movies and don't care that the book is not very compelling.

Don't see it if you have other options of shows you really want to see and want something with a substantial storyline.

Cliched, Indulgent, Overrated, Disappointing, Great acting

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.

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

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


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.

Emotional, Profound, Intense, Edgy, Great acting

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.

Decent, Ambitious, Cliched, Quirky, Overrated

See it if you enjoyed heathers, be more chill, hamitlon

Don't see it if you are sensitive to suicide etc

Also To be truthful, I didn't like it as much as everyone else did. It's no... Read more Read less

Relevant, Delightful, Great acting, Resonant

See it if you are looking for a life changing performance by a leading actor.

Don't see it if you are looking for something innovative and unique.

Also This show is not particularly amazing and is somewhat problematic in t... Read more Read less

Overrated, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if Have to see what all they fuss is about. Was disappointed in the premise. The “lie” at the heart of the play just didn’t work for me.

Don't see it if You’d rather discover a hidden gem on or off-Broadway. Not worth the $199 ticket price.

Slow, Disappointing, Cliched, Overrated, Great singing

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, Insipid, Disappointing

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.

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