New York | 2h 20m | Open run

Dear Evan Hansen (NYC)

From 53 critic and 4,069 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.



55
NorthJersey.com

"The script ultimately backs off the issues it raises in the service of a happy ending...The evening is seldom lifted by the songs, which, with several notable exceptions, tend to a bland sameness, especially lyrically. And the direction, by Michael Greif, seems at times wrongheaded, better suited to a bigger story...When 'Dear Evan Hansen' is involving, as it certainly is at times, the great share of the credit goes to Platt and his prize-worthy performance." Full Review

50
Theatre Arts Daily

“Maudlin and sentimental...One of the most ideologically backwards shows I’ve ever seen…A show that makes my flesh crawl with how ultimately harmfully it treats mental illness. However, at the center of this disaster is Ben Platt, who gives one of the most astonishingly good performances I’ve ever seen at the center of a musical. His performance is so extraordinary that the show not only becomes bearable, but actually required viewing.” Full Review

30
NJ.com

"With its wildly implausible story line and its repetitive score—I am mystified by the enthusiasm for it. Maybe the show's celebrants are responding to the creators' willingness to tackle such dark themes, or the admittedly hard-working performance of star Ben Platt. But ambitions can't disguise the fact that nothing about 'Dear Evan Hansen' makes very much sense...No actor could bring coherence to what, at its core, is a collection of teen angst cliches in search of a workable plot." Full Review


100
Must see, Epic, Emotional, Clever, Edgy

See it if If you want to learn more about anxiety and exactly what it does to a person, this show is very emotional so prepare to cry for weeks.

Don't see it if If you aren’t interested in learning more about what people with anxiety go through or if you have no emotions/ don’t like crying in public

100
Intense, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Profound

See it if This show stayed with me for days! It was brilliantly written with an exceptional cast. So profound and the music was incredible.

Don't see it if If you are sensitive to Intense subject matter regarding suicide.

100
Resonant, Relevant, Profound, Must see, Exquisite

See it if you have ever felt alone, which everyone has, so everyone should see it. Dear Evan Hansen was one of my greatest theatre experiences ever.

Don't see it if you don't like contemporary theatre? But still, I think every person should see this show.

Also I love Dear Evan Hansen because it was the first time I felt like I fu... Read more Read less

100
Great writing, Great singing, Edgy, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see an original, heart breaking and through provoking new musical.

Don't see it if You're not into musical with teens as lead characters.

100
Relevant, Masterful, Great acting, Great singing, Exquisite

See it if you want to cry and ride an emotional rollercoaster. This show is amazing and out of this world

Don't see it if you are sensitive to topics like suicide, mental health

100
Groundbreaking, Ambitious, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if Its unique subject matter will move you to tears and make you think about societal issues for hours after the show ends.

Don't see it if You are sensitive to the subject of teenage suicides.

100
Intense, Relevant, Resonant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see an extremely relatable and emotional show that will hit home.

Don't see it if you cannot handle the topic of teen suicide.

Also I saw this production with the role of Connor Murphy played by Ben Lev... Read more Read less

100
Intense, Must see, Masterful, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Strong powerful performances. The story deals with issues affecting people today and it’s handled in a beautiful way.

Don't see it if You don’t like intense emotional shows.

100
Great singing, Delightful, Clever

See it if you want to be moved.

Don't see it if I can't think of a reason not to watch this show.

100
Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You want to see an awesome show with fabulous music and a ting

Don't see it if No reason not to see it

100
Exquisite, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Intense, Edgy

See it if you love small casts and meaningful and original plot lines, if you love amazing music and outstanding acting and singing

Don't see it if you want to see a big flashy show.

Also everyone should go see this show. it will change your life.

100
Great writing, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if If you are enjoy thought provoking theatre.

Don't see it if If you don't like to get in touch with your emotions.

Also Love the staging and the music! Ben Platt deserved that Tony. He was a... Read more Read less

100
Exquisite, Absorbing, Profound, Masterful, Great singing

See it if You can identify with making a mistake and continuing to make it worse despite yourself until you realize you’ve dug an impossibly deep hole

Don't see it if You prefer classic style, big number musicals. This is an intimate story with pop style music.

100
Great writing, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You can handle sad, mental health issues. The music is so moving and an excellent cast!

Don't see it if You can relate to mental health issues so that it will upset you to see.

Also The music is so amazing! The cast and writing and staging is so great!... Read more Read less

100
Relevant, Profound, Great acting, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if You like musicals that focus on mental health, young people, and modern day societal issues. Also if you love musical theater done well.

Don't see it if I can’t think of a reason someone wouldn’t like this show.

100
Thought-provoking, Must see, Intense, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you love theatre that makes you love great music and great acting.

Don't see it if you don't like emotional sad musicals

100
Relevant, Profound, Must see, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if You are a parent

Don't see it if You don’t want to cry

100
Must see, Profound, Relevant

See it if You like brilliant song writing amd singing and a poignant, riveting relevant story.

Don't see it if You only like Disney.

100
Thought-provoking, Must see, Profound, Great singing, Great acting

See it if you like great music, great singing, great acting, great storyline and feeling emotional in a play

Don't see it if you don't don't like to cry in plays cause you probably will

100
Relevant, Must see, Intelligent, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if You’re ready for a contemporary score that really tells a story. This isn’t a “big” musical, physically, but it IS a big musical.

Don't see it if You prefer something more classic in style and less topical. Truly, though, anyone with a heart or even the slightest bit of empathy...

100
Thought-provoking, Must see, Profound, Great singing

See it if The music is awesome and you’ll listen to it long after you leave the show!

Don't see it if The content is serious and may not be appropriate for younger children.

100
Unforgettable.

See it if a powerful story about troubled teens and heartbroken parents--with a beautifully melodic score--happens to be your theatrical cup of tea.

Don't see it if serious, fluff-free musicals--along the lines of "Next to Normal" and "Parade"--generally leave you squirming in your seat.

Also In fact, not since "Next to Normal"--with which "Evan Hansen" happily ... Read more Read less

100
Relevant, Profound, Intense, Intelligent, Edgy

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

100
Intelligent, Must see, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy thought provoking timely themes over fluffy storylines. The show had me captivated from the first moment.

Don't see it if You do not want thought with your musicals and prefer inane senseless storylines

100
Thought-provoking, Must see, Intelligent, Great singing, Clever

See it if you have kids today.

Don't see it if you couldn't care less about teen social-emotional issues.



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