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.



30
NJ.com

"With its wildly implausible story line and its repetitive score—I am mystified by the enthusiasm for it. Maybe the show's celebrants are responding to the creators' willingness to tackle such dark themes, or the admittedly hard-working performance of star Ben Platt. But ambitions can't disguise the fact that nothing about 'Dear Evan Hansen' makes very much sense...No actor could bring coherence to what, at its core, is a collection of teen angst cliches in search of a workable plot." Full Review


49
Emotionally manipulative, Resonant, Great singing

See it if you want to experience masterful performances by the talented ensemble

Don't see it if you want an uplifting evening or if you are not a fan of the composers

Also There's no doubt that the performances are wonderful. And it's orchest... Read more Read less

45
Overrated, Indulgent, Disappointing, Banal

See it if you're a millennial who thinks shallow high school kids are interesting.

Don't see it if you want a memorable score or sympathetic characters.

40
Infuriating

See it if you enjoy the music of Pasek & Paul

Don't see it if you don't like liars. This was triggering for me!

40
Insipid, Excruciating, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if You want to know what all the hype is about and see a show with unique staging and dramatic plot

Don't see it if You want a show with a consistent, healthy message or you want a show with mind-blowing music or acting

Also The characters were disappointing and unsympathetic considering the cr... Read more Read less

21
Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated

See it if you don't ask too many questions.

Don't see it if you appreciate a real moral backbone.

Also The show condemns something the characters collectively do to a charac... Read more Read less

20
Overrated, Great acting, Great singing, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You want to see a ben Platt as his performance is a must see but the show overall just isn’t that good.

Don't see it if If you are expecting a great story, or great staging. Overrated show.

20
Excruciating, Insensitive, Indulgent, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if You like catchy, if forgettable, pop tunes

Don't see it if You or someone you love lives with anxiety, depression, autism, or any other neurodivergency

Also This show poses neurodivergent people as a menace to society. Reminded... Read more Read less

20
Insipid, Slow, Overrated, Banal, Disappointing

See it if Uninteresting, unrealistic story.

Don't see it if Uninteresting, unrealistic story.

20
Excruciating, Disappointing, Banal, Intense, Great acting

See it if You want to see the next "big thing" on Broadway. If you like acting that is completely encompassing.

Don't see it if You think too much - this show actually shows the worst of humanity and the songs are TERRIBLE.

11
Overrated, Indulgent, Insipid, Cliched, Banal

See it if You like the music for the show

Don't see it if You are interested in a non-offensive portrayal of mental illness.

10
White boy does everything wrong and still wins, Indulgent, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if You like the cookie cutter broadway musical and don't really see a point in engaging with ideas that make you think about... anything.

Don't see it if If you like seeing characters make mistakes and face consequences that aren't the chance to sing in a apple orchard at the end of the show.

5
Indulgent, Excruciating, Confusing, Banal, Cliched

See it if you're medicated. you might understand the premise, the narrative, the title character's perf and the audience's response better than i did

Don't see it if you're interested in memorable tunes, interesting subject matter, a believable storyline, an insightful point of view

48
Great singing, Indulgent, Disappointing, Confusing, Cliched

See it if If you want to hear great singers sing some very catchy tunes.

Don't see it if If you or anyone you know is dealing with depression and suicide. What the main character does is unforgivable and yet he is somehow a hero

41
Overrated

See it if You like musicals.

Don't see it if If you are offended by a show based on lies. It was disturbing that there was no resolve about the issue of not being truthful.

36
Cliched, Overrated, Great staging

See it if You're unfamiliar with mental health/disability issues, you like hype, you have a disposable income

Don't see it if You experience depression, anxiety, or are on the Autism Spectrum or love people who are.

24
Disappointing, Slow, Overrated, Excruciating, Banal

See it if you like a show about nothing, highly overrated; waste of time and money!

Don't see it if your expecting a great evening of theatre, show is trite and tedious and never ending.

21
Excruciating, Overrated, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if Ben Platts performance is worth seeing. The music is non offensive. See it if cliches don't offend you.

Don't see it if You like nuance, subtlety, realistic and complex human emotions. If you are intelligent and think for yourself.

10
Slow, Overrated, Edgy, Dated, Confusing

See it if You love generic pop scores, misrepresented mental illness, 2 dimensional characters, and an unsatisfying end.

Don't see it if You want diversity, quality music, an interesting plot, or have a shred of taste.

10
Bad, Cloying, Morally dubious

See it if you are easily sold a bill of goods by terrible people.

Don't see it if you are smart.

4
Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You have nothing better to do

Don't see it if If you like Next to Normal

1
Slow, Overrated, Disappointing, Cliched, Confusing

See it if You're into lame stuff

Don't see it if You're into interesting well written stuff.

9
Disappointing, Overrated

See it if you enjoy great singing.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy characters with no redeeming qualities, music with boring scores, and forgettable songs.

35
For a previous production
Fluffy, Slow, Overrated

See it if you're basic.

Don't see it if You have high standards.

25
For a previous production
Great singing, Funny, Nonsensical, Overrated, Banal

See it if You like shows that are glamorous and you don't mind one-dimensional characters/weak book. Attempts to deliver a profound message but fails.

Don't see it if You like a story with depth and characters that seem real and consistent. The book is no more than simple, poorly written pre-teen pop-lit.



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