'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.
"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
“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
"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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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...
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.
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
Get alerts about your favorite artists and theater companies