Open run | 2h 20m | Midtown W

Dear Evan Hansen (NYC)

From 4,376 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 (4376)


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

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.

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

Absorbing, Great singing, Relevant, Resonant

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

Don't see it if Cynical.

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

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

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

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

Great singing, Resonant, Enchanting

See it if Anxious and lonely kid ties himself up in a web of lies, but discovers himself and love in the process. Struggles of growing up/raising kids

Don't see it if Suicide, mental health issues, bullying, or death of a child are triggering

Also Ticket from online lottery for $40.

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

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

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

Awesome pop musical

See it if Lots of teen themes but the primary plot focuses on the actions of a sweet and well intentioned kid that create a "sitch" beyond his control

Don't see it if Score is more pop than show tune & no song stuck out as particularly memorable. Heavy themes like teen suicide may not be for everyone.

Also The use of technology and plot points focused on social media are pret... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great writing, Must see, Thought-provoking, Timely

See it if you like musicals that are meaningful and reflective of the world we live in today.

Don't see it if you like your musicals light and fluffy and full of happy songs about happy people.

Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Quirky

See it if you appreciate a really different and emotionally moving story line, dazzling acting and singing, and a very original physical production.

Don't see it if you only like old fashioned traditional musicals.

Also By the end of the evening, I found the music in this show very tiring ... Read more Read less

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

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

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.

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.

Edgy, Intelligent, Intense, Profound, Relevant

See it if You want to see how a small lie can mushroom out of control. It was a fabulous show.

Don't see it if If you are not into teen angst.

Also The story kept my interest all the way through. There were 2 big numbe... Read more Read less

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

Clever, Ambitious, Great acting, Relevant, Intense

See it if You like relevant stories of youth at the crossroads of adulthood. The songs are beautifully executed. Deals with moral issues of a big lie.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals or problems of youth growing up in a confusing world that isolates them.

Masterful, Profound, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if beautifully acted by the entire cast. Ben Platt was superb! He added vulnerability, humor and authenticity to such an anguished character.

Don't see it if you are emotionally sensitive to topics like anxiety, depression and suicide.

Also Rachel Bay Jones was really outstanding as his mother.....I was moved ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Resonant, Relevant, Great writing, Unique

See it if interesting set design, engaging story, captivating vocals by Ben Platt

Don't see it if you dislike modern musicals (music, costumes, themes, tech), if you're in the mood for something purely upbeat and happy

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.

Overrated, Maudlin

See it if you liked "Next to Normal."

Don't see it if you're not interested in a musical about a teenage misfit.

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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