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.



100
Times Square Chronicles

"With its near perfect score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul...Subtle direction by Michael Grief, combined with a layered and truthful book by Steven Levenson, it has Tony Awards written all over it. Add to that the winning performances by the cast, especially Ben Platt, this musical will get under your skin and speak to you in so many ways...Here is an original musical that didn’t skip any steps, wraps its audience in its arms and allows the music, the story and the characters to do their jobs." Full Review

100
Time Out New York

"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 excellent cast...Benj Pasek and Justin Paul’s score brims with tuneful and thoughtful songs...And Levenson’s book is unfailingly smart...'Dear Evan Hansen' must be seen to be believed." Full Review

100
StageZine

"It is a musical of our time and for generations to come...Michael Grief has taken this complicated tale and directed it with the lightest of touches. He knows it’s a heady topic and he treats all the action and movements with the utmost respect. The book by Steven Levenson is brilliant; he combines teenage angst and pains with today’s social media and all its trappings. The score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul is a marvel." Full Review

100
Reviewing The Drama

"An original, emotional, affecting musical, free of stunt casting, is on Broadway...Levenson's book is both funny and touching; Pasek and Paul's score features accessible pop and smart, raw lyrics that reveal depth of character. It's going to be a great day because Rachel Bay Jones knocks you out with her portrayal of a frazzled, trying mother, and because Ben Platt gives a stunning, star-making performance as the exposed nerve that is our title character...Platt is the real thing." Full Review

100
Live Theatre UK

"Full of heart, led by an extraordinary central performance from Ben Platt, and featuring a score of rapturous and rhapsodic joy, this is a wonderful, wonderful piece of theatre…It is splendid and moving, truthful and hopeful, tragic and humorous...There is not a single moment when energy or skill flags…'Dear Evan Hansen' is a masterpiece, a truly inspirational musical and a theatrical marvel...Completely different from, but ultimately better than, 'Hamilton.'" Full Review

95
New York Magazine / Vulture

"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 for humor at all in this grippingly sad story, and that Pasek and Paul have been able to turn those opportunities into songs of comic relief is a sign of the size of the ideas in play." Full Review

95
The New York Times

"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 among its characters...Under the superb direction of the veteran Michael Greif, the show has been subtly refined, its brasher comedy softened, and the performances have grown in delicacy." Full Review

95
New York Daily News

"Platt nails each shifting mood and tone as a socially inept outcast. Original and up-to-the-minute, the musical has a lot to say—about parents and children, social media, and more...Stirring ballads and rousing group songs in the vibrant, varied score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul ooze emotions. Director Michael Greif excels at guiding actors through complex stories—and his work has never been better...The show's so satisfying it deserves a thank-you note." Full Review

95
AM New York

"A smart, deeply felt and altogether extraordinary new musical...Pasek and Paul have crafted a haunting soft rock score that is neatly integrated into Levenson’s captivating book. Greif presents a tight and compelling production built around finely-textured ensemble acting and a seamless visual design of shifting panels and floating video imagery. Platt is giving one of the most vulnerable and shaded performances you’ve ever seen." Full Review

95
Theatermania

"Ben Platt is stripped down to his emotional skivvies for us voyeurs to judge, gawk at, and pity. His breathtaking performance in the show's title role is just one of the reasons Pasek, Paul, and Levenson's new musical moves audiences to their feet before the lights even come down...This musical offers a truly 21st-century story...The composers strike a balance between substance and popular appeal with memorable melodies and character-driven lyrics." Full Review

95
The Hollywood Reporter

"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 sets up with persuasive conviction what could easily have been a contrived premise...Across the board, the ensemble is superb, each of them registering rich moments of emotional complexity." Full Review

95
NY1

"Trensch claims the role in a unique way - adding nervous tics and vocal inflections that allow us to see a different if nonetheless equally compelling star turn...Happily, the rest of the cast stayed on and the performances have deepened believe it or not...But let’s not forget the humor, which has only become more pointed and rich...'Dear Evan Hansen' will touch you in ways you probably never expected." Full Review

95
Theater Pizzazz

"This isn’t your usual Broadway musical–it’s better! It’s funny, sad, tragic and filled with great heart. This is a powerful story of a young, high-school misfit played by the remarkable Ben Platt, whose physical and emotionally nuanced performance is so compelling and sensitive that one is in awe...Michael Greif helms the cast with a magical directorial hand...Many Tony nominations and expected awards for this one!!" Full Review

95
Financial Times (UK)

"While maintaining that improbable balance between pathos and audacious irreverence for over two hours, director Michael Greif expertly sets forth an intricately crafted plot...Benj Pasek and Justin Paul also make the familiar sound fresh by blending rock, country and folk rhythms...More remarkable still is the philosophical depth of Levenson’s book, which provocatively suggests a comforting illusion might be preferable to grim reality in the internet age." Full Review

95
DC Metro Theater Arts

"A highly imaginative and moving musical…If anything, 'Dear Evan Hansen,' with the extraordinary Ben Platt in the title role, has grown in stature and lost none of the intimacy that made it so effective in the original…The material is well plotted, and it builds to a smashing climax which raises the stakes and gives Mr. Platt a chance to soar with eloquence…'Dear Evan Hansen' is a major contribution to musical theatre and the Broadway season." Full Review

95
Broadway Blog

"Rarely does a show come along that sits in the pit of my stomach, evoking those intense waves of emotion that come at life-altering moments...Levenson’s book offers just enough twists to keep the audience engaged without diverting into too many subplots. His success is in the development of fully realized, nuanced characters...Ultimately it’s the ensemble of eight actors that delivers the impact of 'Dear Evan Hansen.' as well as a message of hope that we could all use right now." Full Review

95
Entertainment Weekly

"It’s not simply that the songs are tuneful. It’s that they have a way of instantly piercing your heart and burrowing into your consciousness, while also illuminating character and propelling the plot (no small achievement!)...Credit librettist Steven Levenson for creating such a believable young character, from the anxiety meds to the self-deprecating dialogue. It also doesn’t hurt that Platt possesses, on top of a powerhouse voice, a seemingly limitless reserve of charm." Full Review

95
The Stage (UK)

"The musical boasts a darkly textured and deeply nuanced book and provocative songs that are drenched in feeling and fearless commitment. It never sentimentalizes its subject, but feels constantly truthful...This show registers its emotions with a frank, fearless ambivalence. The tone of uncertainty and palpable unease is stunningly projected by Platt...There are equally impressive performances from the other seven actors in the tight ensemble of Greif's deeply felt production." Full Review

95
Magical MissTari Tour

"I was practically heaving with sobs by the end…Ben Platt is giving an extraordinary, star-making performance as Evan Hansen…His singing is first-rate, of course, but his complete immersion into this awkward, idiosyncratic kid is totally complete…The entire score is fantastic and I can't wait until I can get the cast album…The entire cast is incredibly wonderful…It made me think about so many things, alongside having the enjoyment of seeing a terrific piece of theater." Full Review

95
Asbury Park Press

"It’s a winner in every sense of the word. There is laughter and plenty of tears, soaring melodies, a brilliant scenic design and a message that teens and parents both will understand…Beautifully directed…With this performance, Platt will become a Broadway star. He may not have the most powerful voice, but it seems to be perfect for the role…The surrounding cast is excellent." Full Review

90
Lighting & Sound America

"The whole sorry story is treated by the authors with a remarkable double vision, keeping us engaged with Evan as he careens ever closer to disaster...The songs similarly combine real feeling with sharp-eyed observation as they briskly move the story along...Greif's staging is both well-paced and nuanced, never losing sight of the heartbreak at the story's center; he has also assembled a cast of performers who wear their characters like old clothes." Full Review

90
DC Theatre Scene

"'Dear Evan Hansen' has changed now that it’s on Broadway, in ways that make it an even more affecting musical. Ben Platt’s performance, impressive from the get-go, is even better...The transfer feels seamless. The unchanged score holds up, comprised of the same tuneful and moving songs...All give superb performances. Platt has toned down his nervousness – he fidgets less – which makes his performance all the more credible, all the more heartbreaking." Full Review

90
Variety

"Not since 'Next to Normal' has a score tapped so deeply into the troubled psyche of its needy protagonist...The lyrics go beyond the spoken thought and reach for the unspoken feelings hiding behind the words. Better yet, there’s not a hint of sentimentality...Under the thoughtful direction of Greif, Platt goes beyond physical specificity to get under Evan’s skin and into his unsettled mind. And the introspective, gentle score becomes the language of his troubled thoughts and yearnings." Full Review

90
Front Mezz Junkies

"'Dear Evan Hansen' has not lost any of its power and tension. It soars with an intense beauty that still captures our hearts and plays havoc with it all at the same time...Not much has changed with 'Dear Evan Hansen' beyond a tightening of its components. Visually it’s as perfect and awe-inspiring as it was Off-Broadway. Maybe even more so...I’m not sure if I will ever feel completely content with the final moments, but all in all, 'Dear Evan Hansen' delivers us a deeply felt rich story." Full Review

90
CitiTour

"Heart-stirring and often shattering. But it’s not just the show’s universal and topical subject matter, smarty explored by Steven Levenson’s mostly well-written book or Benj Pasek and Justin Paul’s lovely, deeply felt score, that lends the work such pathos. What makes 'Evan Hansen' so special, and oddly lovable, is the brave and extraordinarily raw performance by Ben Platt...In the end, 'Dear Evan Hansen' is both a must-see musical and a tribute to the singular talents of its rising star." Full Review


100
Relevant, Intelligent, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Creative and moving story and music dealing with difficult issue that many people face. Relatable to youth as well as grown adults.

Don't see it if You’re not into seeing a play dealing with some difficult issues and if you don’t like to see something intelligent and entertaining.

100
Resonant, Relevant, Profound, Great acting, Clever

See it if You want to see a thought-provoking show about making mistakes and rising above them.

Don't see it if Big trigger warning for suicide.

100
Outstanding in every way!, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting

See it if you like to see an outstanding Broadway musical! I was lucky to meanwhile have seen it 3 times and still love every minute of it!

Don't see it if you don't like musicals. Or you just suffered a loved one's death and can't deal with a show with teen suicide even if the end is hopeful.

100
Relevant, Refreshing, Great singing

See it if To me the singing stands out. But we were delightfully surprised how much we connected with and liked the story.

Don't see it if This is one of the best shows. There is no great reason not to see this show unless u don’t want to pay for it.

100
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Must see, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if If you have or know a teen, or remember what it was like to be one, you have got to see this show! It'll reveal what's really going on.

Don't see it if You can't handle the truth about teen angst and teen life.

100
Resonant, Relevant, Must see, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if You if want to see one of the best shows on broadway. Believe in the plot that everyone makes a difference. No one is invisible.

Don't see it if You don’t like musicals and don’t want to open your mind.

100
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Must see, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if You seek a show that uses/makes fun of social media, has catchy songs performed by a top cast and tackles important issues.

Don't see it if You want to see a feel good, escapist musical or if you want to bring children under 12 to a show.

100
Relevant, Must see, Profound, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if you work with kids and families with difficulties or have an interest in people or earning about people with different kinds of problems

Don't see it if you can't relate to people with problems

100
Great writing, Great singing, Great acting, Clever, Exquisite

See it if I saw this both off-Broadway and on and it was spectacular and moving each time. An amazing depiction of teenage anxiety and parental love.

Don't see it if If you have a trigger surrounding the concept of teenage suicide (as it factors into the plot early on).

100
Relevant, Creative, Absorbing, Great acting, Clever

See it if you appreciate excellence on all levels. This show has the ability to move the hardest heart to compassion.

Don't see it if facing the truth of the suffering that many adolescents experience will put you into a state of depression.

100
Masterful, Great acting, Clever

See it if you love Pasek and Paul's music. The staging of this show is amazing, the actors wonderful!

Don't see it if you win the lottery seats, the view isn't the greatest. You are looking up and you miss a lot of what happens towards the back.

100
Intense, Riveting, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if Learn about adolescents human growth and developmental status tells the story of emotional, spiritual, psychological, mental health issues

Don't see it if You may have negatives experience with suicidal thiughts, attempts, hospitalizations, and or loss

100
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You want to see something contemporary and woke.

Don't see it if You don't like Pasek and Paul. That's it.

100
Must see, Masterful, Resonant, Riveting, Great singing

See it if you are a human. A deeply resonant, magical piece of theater, with gorgeous music intertwined with a fast-paced, heart-rending book.

Don't see it if you find musicals boring. Well, even if you do, you should. Everyone else should as well.

100
Resonant, Absorbing, Entertaining, Must see, Great writing

See it if You enjoy a show that is about real people with a great book and score

Don't see it if You don't want to see a show with sad content

100
Must see, Great writing, Great singing, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You want to see masterful storytelling

Don't see it if You’re not ready to cry

100
Profound, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Must see

See it if You love modern, relevant musicals with an amazing score and a deep, profound story with an excellent message.

Don't see it if You are sensitive to topics such as teenage bullying, depression, and suicide.

Also By far my most favorite musical. The cast was spectacular, the music i... Read more Read less

100
Riveting, Must see, Great acting, Great singing, Exquisite

See it if you love gorgeous songs and superb acting. It is heart-wrenching tale that will stay with you long after the show.

Don't see it if you are sensitive about suicide.

100
Great singing, Delightful, Ambitious, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You love a well told suspenseful book. Great songs and performances. A musical that feels like a play.

Don't see it if You want a light traditional musical.

100
Resonant, Refreshing, Intense, Great writing, Epic

See it if You hate insipid musicals, and want to see something genuinely moving.

Don't see it if Might not be appropriate for kids under 10 because it deals with a suicide as part of the premise.

100
Masterful, Profound, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You have a heart. Seriously. You will be moved.

Don't see it if There's really no reason not to see this. But if you absolutely hate having the strong urge to cry, don't see it.

100
Must see, Funny, Thought-provoking, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you’re looking for an outstanding show that will make you laugh and cry in a little over two hours.

Don't see it if kids are with you and you want a family friendly show. Dear Evan Hansen is superb but not for younger children.

100
Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Resonant, Relevant, Great singing

See it if You want your heartstrings to be tugged upon, as anyone who has close friends and family will relate.

Don't see it if You want an epic story, effects, etc. It is a contemporary musical with heartfelt songs and scenes.

100
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Intense, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if You ever felt your all alone & lost this will bring you up & show you your not the only one that struggles with there feelings.

Don't see it if Stories about teenage anguish & how hard trying to fit in doesn't interest you.

100
Must see, Riveting, Relevant, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if You love a creative, original approach to the human condition performed with dynamic, tuneful music.

Don't see it if You ONLY love traditional musicals that are highly choreographed with a large chorus.



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