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)


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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Great writing, Must see

See it if no ifs and or buts... you must see it!! You won't regret it. It's one of the best shows ever!

Don't see it if you like making yourself suffer and deny yourself anything good in life.

Also Absolutely loved the show if you couldn't tell already! It's a great s... Read more Read less

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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, 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, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Edgy

See it if You like 'different'/new-age musicals. Great of-the minute subject matter

Don't see it if you want to see a 'big, traditional' Broadway musical

Expect a crazy ride of emotions from this talented cast and creative team!

See it if What's left to say about the well deserved Tony winning musical and performances? An original, contemporary voice and storyline.

Don't see it if subject matter includes suicide, anxiety, loneliness, abandonment. There is no reason not to see it!

Also I've been fortunate to see this more than once and continue to appreci... Read more Read less

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.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you care about, or understand teenage angst

Don't see it if no reason not to, great show and a very important topic

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.

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.

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

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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