Open run | 2h 20m | Midtown W

Dear Evan Hansen (NYC)

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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

Important, Tear jerking, Great acting, Resonant, Intense

See it if want your emotions ripped apart and shredded, especially if you've ever felt like an outsider...AND it's a musical! FANTASTIC SHOW!

Don't see it if you don't want people to see you crying like a baby. This show is a rollercoaster of emotions and feels Ben Platt will rip your heart out

Also This show made me its bitch! We have all felt like the outsider at som... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Must see, Great staging

See it if you want to see a groundbreaking new show, one that is both funny, profound and deeply moving

Don't see it if you don't care about the troubles of teenagers or if you need to see spectacle.

Great acting, Great singing, Resonant, Ben platt outdoes himself

See it if you can. Ben Platt gives 110% to the show, I don't know how he does it day after day. Other actors fine, music lovely, writing strong

Don't see it if you don't want to be manipulated a bit (yeah I cried) or if you've lost someone to suicide, as it could be tough to watch

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

Entertaining, Overrated

See it if You want to hear the amazing soundtrack live and want an all-around entertaining production.

Don't see it if You're bothered by a cast that overacts sometimes - might have been more powerful with original cast. It's enjoyable but kinda melodrama.

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.

Important message, Overrated, Good songs, Ambitious, Below expectations

See it if I expected a lot and got disappointed. The music is not bad, Trensch delivered a decent act. But it dragged and didn’t do the magic for me.

Don't see it if you go in with huge expectations. It’s too tearful. Needs more songs and a set to support the acting. It’s not worth the fuss around it.

Also The theatre shouldn’t be selling 1st row tickets. The actors are visib... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Edgy, Great singing, Great staging, Resonant

See it if you seek message musicals.... if you are or have teens/ 20 somethings. Fabulous lead actor on powerful subject (albeit implausible setup).

Don't see it if you are sensitive to end of life drama.. it will traumatize you (take tissues). If you're annoyed by emotional manipulation- it might annoy

Edgy, Great acting, Great singing, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see the Tony Best Musical of 2017. It is an original story, with original music.

Don't see it if you just want to hear want boy singing all the time.

Also It is an original and intelligent story, with a message. The acting of... Read more Read less

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

See it if you can relate to being young, confused and desperate for a feeling of importance. And if you can appreciate a well-conceived project

Don't see it if you cannot relate to or empathize with those who are isolated and depressed. or if you do not want your emotions hammered.

Resonant, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Heartfelt

See it if you want to see a Tony-worthy performance from Ben Platt in an original, heartfelt tale. Even if the music felt a bit over the top at times.

Don't see it if the topics of social anxiety, depression, and teen suicide frighten you.

Also I saw the off-Broadway production at 2nd Stage -- haven't seen the tra... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Exquisite, Great singing, Resonant, Riveting

See it if Ben Platt gives an awe-inspiring performance! Knocks-it-outta-the-park-good! This production was raw & incredibly moving! Get a ticket now!

Don't see it if You'd be a fool not to catch this musical. You must see Ben Platt in this role. Be ready to cry and have your emotions stirred. Perfection.

Absorbing, Great writing, Masterful, Must see, Relevant

See it if A beautiful, powerful, moving musical that is both entertaining and thought provoking. The book, score, direction and cast is outstanding!

Don't see it if You don't like musicals or looking for light old fashion entertainment.

Great acting, Great singing, Intense, Relevant, Ambitious

See it if You like musical theater about social anxiety, drug use, suicide, family disfunction, impact of social media. Extraordinary performances!

Don't see it if You are critical of second rate score, lyrics, book. These are incidental to fact that this material is being presented on Broadway at all.

Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Great singing

See it if Extraordinary show even with understudy for Evan. Relevant

Don't see it if looking for old style big musical or great dancing

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

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if Want to see superb talent, hear beautiful music and lyrics and profound drama with hints of joy and laughter

Don't see it if You do not like dealing with teenage angst and being friendless and the consequences of depression

Also This is a life changing show that will teach you to be kind to others.... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if You want to see a show that is relevant, has incredible acting, has outstanding songs, and makes you laugh and cry.

Don't see it if You likes shows with elaborate staging.

Absorbing, Great acting, Must see

See it if you want to see something unique. Great acting and music. Perfect combination of humor and drama.

Don't see it if you want a classic fluffy fun musical.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Resonant

See it if You've ever been to high school; you want to see an amazing lead performance - really incredible.

Don't see it if Everyone should see it once.

Also Ok, maybe it was all the hype and the waiting but this didn't move me ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Masterful, Thought-provoking

See it if The reason for the success of the show is Tony Winner Ben Platt. He owns the stage and the audience. His acting and singing are outstanding.

Don't see it if Like "Once", I wished the show would be one act and I found the length a bit unnecessary. I think I would like it without an intermission.

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great singing, Great writing

See it if you'd enjoy an original musical with a very interesting story, great score and terrific acting.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy an emotional story with many layers.

Absorbing, Resonant, Masterful, Great singing, Great acting

See it if You want to truly be moved. It is both inspirational and heartbreaking. The show is highly relevant and important.

Don't see it if Issues regarding mental health are triggering. Also the set was disappointing to me.

Great acting, Must see, Profound, Quirky, Resonant

See it if You've ever felt alone or felt as if you didn't fit in. And, you enjoy a good show with wonderful singing, acting and staging.

Don't see it if You cannot appreciate a dark sense of humor, you're not prepared to emote.

Ambitious, Great singing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy the work of Pasek and Paul, and want to see an amazing breakthrough performance from Ben Platt.

Don't see it if you want to see a show with more musical variety, as well as a show that directly speaks about the socially relevant issue at hand.

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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