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)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Great singing, Relevant, Must see
92
Avg Score

80
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.

93
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

85
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.

90
Great singing, Great writing, Delightful, Absorbing, Clever

See it if Poignant story line-well thought out great singing & acting.

Don't see it if No reason not to see this..Continues to be a delight even though no longer groundbreaking theater.

84
Entertaining, Some mystery, Well staged, Profound, Absorbing

See it if you seek a serious (not funny) musical, which is not to say there is no humor. Relevant to all, especially teenagers.

Don't see it if you want a musical with big dance numbers.

99
Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting, Masterful, Profound

See it if thought-provoking musical; Deeply moving portrayal of a small lie rolling bigger into an avalanche; fun staging and catchy tunes;

Don't see it if Prefer flamboyant visual effects than authentic storytelling; Taylor Trensch (Evan Hansen) sometimes let emotion overwhelm his singing

Also One of my 2 fav musicals of these years. The other one being The Band’... Read more Read less

77
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

99
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.

88
Standby nicole van giesen was in as 'heidi' & nailed it!!, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Social media gets its own musical!!

See it if A year-&-a-half on the Bway, but still as fresh & relevant as a TEXT ALERT. Altho several 'Evans' have come & gone it's the tunes that SOAR!

Don't see it if Show will mean less to U if you've never been the outsider, "Waving Through a Window" at the 'real' world. Also, songs R more pop than Bway?

Also Other standout songs include: "Requiem," "You Will Be Found" and "So B... Read more Read less

90
Masterful, Resonant, Riveting, Great writing, Relatable

See it if sublime musicals are a way for you to get a release from your post-teenage angst. The actor who plays the mother is heart-wrenching.

Don't see it if don't want to cry or see a show that deals with the topic of depression.

90
Great singing, Ambitious, Masterful, Relevant, Riveting

See it if You’re interested in current Broadway trends that tackles relevant subject matter of our time. You don’t mind a complex emotional plotline.

Don't see it if If you struggle with a play about mental health issues. If you don’t like rock songs. If you want happy musicals only. If you’re too young.

Also I saw it back with Ben Platt, I’d be curious to see how much it affect... Read more Read less

85
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

85
Thought-provoking, Intense, Entertaining, Clever

See it if If you enjoy a complicated story well told. Really enjoyed the music and the story's build. Extremely clever and creative concept.

Don't see it if You aren't a fan of musicals or don't feel like you can identify with teenagers or their parents.

90
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.

94
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.

94
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see great acting and a good story that is thought provoking.

Don't see it if I'm not sure why you wouldn't want to see it!

95
Clever, Must see, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like good musicals with the ability to present important issues in a clever way.

Don't see it if you don't like/not interested in difficult teen issues. or any human's issue for that matter.

Also the show highlights the sometimes cold, self-absorbed, distracted, & s... Read more Read less

95
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.

84
Overrated, Intelligent, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You like pop music and new musicals

Don't see it if Enjoy the classics. You should give it a try though.

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Profound, Great writing

See it if Want to have a good cry & laugh while being moved. A must see if you are in high school or a parent. But should be seen by all.

Don't see it if Don't like dark themes. Want big cast and fancy sets. This is small but oh so powerful show.

95
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if Fantastic story, great music and great performers. This show is a great example of the best of musical theater.

Don't see it if It has a story that deals with youth suicide.

97
Delightful, Entertaining, Edgy, Great acting, Great singing

See it if just see it. great story. may help a life

Don't see it if you want to miss out on a good show

90
Resonant, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a great, modern musical with tackles salient issues of teens today

Don't see it if you aren't interested in teenage anxiety or are looking for a campy, light musical

97
Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you want to see a virtuoso performance in a thoroughly modern musical.

Don't see it if you need a full orchestra and big production numbers in your musicals.

Also Ben Platt was meant for this role. This is a stand-out performance. Th... Read more Read less

92
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Intense

See it if great interesting story, great songs, interesting staging., Ben Platt is amazing in lead role. see original cast.

Don't see it if uber expensive even in last two rolls. Will not be the same without original cast, will pale. Story holds up. Teenager patrons sharing angst


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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