Open run | 2h 20m | Midtown W

Dear Evan Hansen (NYC)

From 4,511 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 (4511)

MEMBERS SAY:

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

45
Banal, Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated

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.

49
Great singing, Resonant, Emotionally manipulative

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

20
Great acting, Intense, Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating

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.

21
Overrated, Excruciating, Disappointing

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
Disappointing, Banal, Overrated, Slow, Insipid

See it if Uninteresting, unrealistic story.

Don't see it if Uninteresting, unrealistic story.

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!

20
Disappointing, Overrated, Indulgent, Insensitive, Excruciating

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

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

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.

42
Indulgent, Insipid, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if bad music and bad acting

Don't see it if cant stand bad singing

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

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.

5
Cliched, Banal, Confusing, Excruciating, Indulgent

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

3
Indulgent, Insipid, Excruciating, Disappointing, Banal

See it if You hate humanity and society

Don't see it if You have values and morals

Also I can’t believe this is rated so high. Was looking for something thoug... Read more Read less

40
Slow, Overrated, Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid

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

11
Banal, Cliched, Insipid, Indulgent, Overrated

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.

48
Cliched, Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Great singing

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

36
Great staging, Overrated, Cliched

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.

10
Confusing, Dated, Edgy, Overrated, Slow

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.

21
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Overrated, Excruciating

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
Disappointing, Overrated

See it if you champion outsiders for being outsiders, regardless of their actions.

Don't see it if you have a moral code. The main character is an empathy-lacking monster who uses his skills to sexualy manipulate his crush and more.

Also I’m SHOCKED that anyone could see Evan Hansen as a hero.

10
Morally dubious, Cloying, Bad

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

Don't see it if you are smart.

1
Confusing, Cliched, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if You're into lame stuff

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

45
Relevant, Overrated, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if One might like the show if the subject matter appeals to you

Don't see it if The show seemed over rated. I do not understand why most people like rthis show.

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.

44
Banal, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if you are more into having a dramatic story than show tunes.

Don't see it if you like dazzle dazzle-style show stoppers.

24
Banal, Excruciating, Overrated, Slow, Disappointing

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.


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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