Open run | 2h 20m | Midtown W

Dear Evan Hansen (NYC)

From 4,980 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Great singing, Relevant, Must see

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 (4980)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Great singing, Relevant, Must see
92
Avg Score

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Relevant

See it if If you want to see a musical about issues that affects teens and how to fit into this all too difficult world

Don't see it if Don't see it if you want a light cheerful evening....

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Overrated

See it if The ticket prices don't scare you away. It's a great show. You really feel his anxiety. It's a struggle to watch, but very thoughtful.

Don't see it if You have serious anxiety and watching a kid get deeper and deeper in a hole he can't dig himself out of will trigger you.

67
Great acting, Overrated, Disappointing, Better as a play, Internal logic off

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

95
Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if this truly lives up to the hype: great songs, great performances, clever staging, surprising and unexpected plot twists, just stunning

Don't see it if you don't like teen dramas, complicated family dilemmas, harmony-based​ songs, complexities of social media on life,

Also This sincere reflection told through a musical is surprisingly complex... Read more Read less

85
Overrated, Stressful, Intense, Relevant, Great acting

See it if you're okay with Ben Platt being a better actor than singer; you can do it without breaking the bank; you like contemporary musicals.

Don't see it if you don't like cringy/awkward comedy, stressful situations, or discussion of suicide.

Also I think my hopes were too high. I thought it was very good, but not wo... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Great singing, Relevant, Resonant

See it if Powerhouse in the simplistic, even if masked in technology.

Don't see it if Cynical.

95
Must see, Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You are ready for intelligent grown-up content that may surprise, but will thoroughly engage you. One of the best shows I have seen!

Don't see it if You only like predictable, safe content

93
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great staging, Emotional

See it if you believe theater should make you think about serious issues and you're not scared off by tough topics. Ben Platt is phenomonal.

Don't see it if you prefer lighter fare or want a flashier show. It's an emotional work that will stay with you for a while.

Also When I bought my ticket there was a slip in the envelope that said the... Read more Read less

99
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great singing, Must see

See it if You like a brilliant original score performed by an outstanding cast. Excellent and humorous handing of a serious and timely issue.

Don't see it if do not like musicals or staging of serious timely topics.

90
Great writing, Intelligent, Quirky, Resonant, Funny

See it if You like Heathers, Bring it On, Next to Normal. You are a P&P fan. you enjoy musicals that bring an audience together.

Don't see it if You are seeing it under the impression it's a show that's more relevant to the here and now than others. Dislike contemporary/pop scores.

Also You are not alone, You are not alone, You are not alone, You are not a... Read more Read less

100
Great acting, Great singing, Must see, Relevant, Clever

See it if you want to see a show that is really important and relevant to our time. The entire cast if phenomenal and brings the audience to tears.

Don't see it if Family drama and suicide are subject matters that are extremely upsetting to you.

89
Funny, Great acting, Intense, Intelligent

See it if you want to see a really good musical which, in my opinion, does not quite live up to all the hype.

Don't see it if you're waiting for the mind blowing experience the reviews seem to indicate

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Must see

See it if enjoy new, original musicals with an awesome cast and a very moving story.

Don't see it if are not a fan of musicals or are are looking for one with large dance numbers

80
Overrated, Slow, Relevant, Great writing

See it if You like musical theatre. I REALLY wanted to love this, but, I got stuck with the understudy,which I couldn't get over. It felt like an ex-

Don't see it if Ensive "NYMF" production. I'm sure if Ben Platt were there, it'd been.better. Lots of cussing, but, family- friendly

79
Clever, Disappointing, Great staging, Great singing, Cliched

See it if you enjoy top-notch music, lyrics and staging.

Don't see it if book/script or an inclusive, relevant story line are important to you.

96
Absorbing, Ambitious, Funny, Great singing, Profound

See it if Grabs audience from start to finish; all parts wonderfully cast and flower before your eyes as show progresses; Platt award worthy

Don't see it if Can be argued that the lie was justified which may require dialogue of teen family members in school and younger

89
Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Great writing, Refreshing

See it if you want to see a talented cast put on a musical about a difficult subject. The show may not be for everyone, but was well done.

Don't see it if you didn't like Next to Normal. Reminded me a lot like this show, especially with the same director.

Also The show was really good, but it wasn't a show I would say everyone ha... Read more Read less

88
Ambitious, Dizzying, Absorbing, Intense, Relevant

See it if you can afford it! If you want to see the hottest show outside of Hamilton, if you like the songwriters, if you want to see teen-aged angst.

Don't see it if you don't like new musicals, if you aren't interested in the effects of social media or being bombarded by social media messages on screens.

90
Great acting, Absorbing, Must see, Profound, Relevant

See it if you want to see great theater and great acting

Don't see it if If you hate the inability to get discount tickets. Discounts are unavailable and the price of the ticket has gone up significantly.

69
Overrated, Manipulative, All-time great lead performance, Amoral

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

96
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Profound, Must see, Great singing

See it if you want to view an incredible and thought-provoking show with great music and powerful performances.

Don't see it if you want a light, fluffy show that will leave you unaffected.

88
Great acting, Relevant, Great staging

See it if You want to see an outstanding and uncomfortable performance by Ben Platt as the socially misfit Evan Hanson.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in teen angst or the excesses of social media.

94
Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Edgy, Must see

See it if you are interested in great acting, imaginative staging a fantastic score

Don't see it if you are looking for a musical with big chorus numbers

92
Clever, Entertaining, Relevant, Refreshing

See it if you want to see strong young performers in a show that lets them shine

Don't see it if you don't like moving sets or teen suicide is a trigger for you

84
Great performances, Great score, Original, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if stellar performances thrill you! Brilliant score/plot make you forget it's a story about lies, fraud, & hurting people for attention.

Don't see it if if you hate social media and people so desperate for attention they don't know right from wrong. Their terrible actions have no consequence


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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