Open run | 2h 20m | Midtown W

Dear Evan Hansen (NYC)

From 4,452 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.

Member Reviews (4452)


Great acting, Absorbing, Great singing, Must see, Relevant
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Must see, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Beautiful, Great acting

See it if You want a beautiful, powerful musical about the difficulties of being a teen and the consequences of lying. Ben Platt is AMAZING. Must see.

Don't see it if Tough teen situations & covering up lies aren't your thing. You want a light comedy. Emotions are intense; story is profound. I cried A LOT.

Also Very little has changed from the transfer to Broadway. Every actor pou... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You appreciate actors at the top of their game.

Don't see it if You don't like pop musicals, or modern settings.

Intense, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Overrated, Relevant

See it if You strive to see all of the top shows on Broadway. Do keep in mind it's a mistake to have unrealistically high expectations due to the hype

Don't see it if A fictional show about teenage suicide, no matter how highly rated, is a particularly sensitive topic, or you simply want to leave smiling.

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

See it if You love great performances and a tragically wonderful theme.

Don't see it if You don't want to think deeply and cry!

Relevant, Must see, Great singing, Engaging

See it if you want to see some great performances with engaging characters and current themes.

Don't see it if you like showy "song and dance" musicals and want an uplifting storyline.

Thoughtful, Profound, Great acting, Engaging, Relevant

See it if you want to see a beautifully written show that has a perfect blend of humor and sorrow. Ben Platt gives a performance not to be missed

Don't see it if you are looking for a fluffy sweet musical. you want a musical with a big cast, elaborate sets, or lots of dancing

Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Great singing, Touching

See it if What can one say about DEH? Simply the best show I've seen bare none. Score and book are superb. Cast was amazing. Run to see this!

Don't see it if Can't think of a reason not to! The story deals with suicide, so be advised. But it is still a feel good and heartfelt experience.

Also I saw this with Noah Galvin. I was hoping to see Ben Platt, but after ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if Powerful musical and great directing. The musical score is one of the best in recent years.

Don't see it if Go See It!

Clever, Great staging, Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want a show that gets at what it means to be human and feel alone.

Don't see it if trigger (and mild spoiler) warning - suicide.

Great acting, Great singing, Great writing, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you want to see a moving piece of theater that touches on our shared humanity and opens a dialogue on our wounded spaces.

Don't see it if if you have trouble talking about suicide and dark thoughts.

Relevant, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Great writing

See it if you can appreciate timely stories, intense subject matters, and difficult human interactions.

Don't see it if dislike stories centering on teenagers or technology, family drama, or stories involving suicide/suicidal thoughts.

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.

Cliched, Disappointing, Overrated, Great singing, Great acting

See it if you want to see really excellent performances and you enjoy musicals about the struggling "outsider" wanting to fit in.

Don't see it if you like shows with an original approach in terms of story and style. You don't like shows excusing deplorable actions with no repercussions

Also Ben Platt gives an amazing performance and there are some good songs. ... Read more Read less

Clever, Great singing, Relevant, Great acting

See it if you like innovative theater about modern day themes with great singing and acting. Ben Platt is amazing!

Don't see it if you don't like musicals. Otherwise I can't imagine why you shouldn't see it.

Absorbing, Profound, Ambitious

See it if Liked "Next To Normal" or enjoy a musical with a message

Don't see it if Prefer typical Broadway fare

Great singing, Overrated, Cliched, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You want to see a show that has standout acting by Ben Platt and are hoping it will live up to the hype (it doesn't)

Don't see it if You don't like musicals, want an accurate depiction of mental illness or want a deep experience that will stay with you when you leave

Also I was really looking forward to seeing this show and was left somewhat... Read more Read less

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

See it if You want to see a musical about today's obsession with viral internet popularity.

Don't see it if You liked " Cats "

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

See it if you want to view an incredible and thought-provoking show with great music and powerful performances.

Don't see it if you want a light, fluffy show that will leave you unaffected.

Exquisite, Thought-provoking, Profound, Great singing

See it if You will enjoy a show with memorable, melodic songs; family issues; and theme related to the often-confusing nature of contemporary reality.

Don't see it if SPOILER ALERT. You will be triggered by a suicide-related plot. You don’t like musicals or plays set in high school.

Also Loved this musical. Entertaining and substantive. Genuinely creative.

Disappointing, Insipid, Overrated

See it if You want to see what the buzz is about. We saw it in Washington before NY and can't understand why it is doing well. Did it get rewritten?

Don't see it if You're not into teenage angst and you have no sympathy for the hero getting into trouble through his own stupidity.

Must see, Great acting, Relevant, Absorbing, Brilliant

See it if You have ever felt invisible or alone. Superb play and performance.

Don't see it if You are looking for a light hearted musical.

Absorbing, Hilarious, Great singing, Overrated

See it if For Ben Platt & Rachel Bay Jones' performances. A special piece about an important subject.

Don't see it if It is heavy handed at times and somewhat predictable. I think with the hype I was expecting more nuance and sophistication.

Also This is a strong show and deserving of acclaim. I did not unequivocall... Read more Read less

Delightful, Great acting, Great singing

See it if Ben Platt was phenomenal and the key reason to see this show. Beautiful and catchy pop score. Slick set design and staging. Topical themes.

Don't see it if Was initially skeptical of the premise in Act I, but the show managed to come together and wrap up beautifully in Act II.

Also Wonderful view from Standing Room.

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a new modern show

Don't see it if you prefer old school shows

Great singing, Intense, Masterful, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy deeply emotional portraits of a family/community working through loss and trauma. You want to do some cathartic crying.

Don't see it if CW: Suicide, self-harm. I wish I had known how intense it would be - the soundtrack is so beautiful but the dialogue expands on the music.

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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