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

81
Delightful, Great singing, Resonant

See it if Terrific score, great story.

Don't see it if Are uncomfortable with adolescent angst.

70
Great singing, Overrated, Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if i enjoyed a lot of the songs and performances (esp. taylor trensch and rachel bay jones)

Don't see it if i don't get the hype, and i have major problems with the story itself.

100
Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Outstanding in every way!

See it if you like to see an outstanding Broadway musical! I was lucky to meanwhile have seen it 3 times and still love every minute of it!

Don't see it if you don't like musicals. Or you just suffered a loved one's death and can't deal with a show with teen suicide even if the end is hopeful.

70
Overrated, Cliched

See it if you lower your expectations from all the hype it is getting. It's just okay, not that special. The lead actor is impressive.

Don't see it if you don't want to see something that has already been done in many other shows.

Also With the tech-set and the s/w autistic boy lead it seemed more like "T... Read more Read less

94
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.

94
Delightful, Great acting, Great singing, Masterful, Great writing

See it if you want to see a play which will affect all of your emotions from happiness to sadness.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy plays that highlight individual's emotional frailties.

98
Exquisite, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Must see

See it if you enjoy a powerful story told through song. A must see, the show is exquisite. Completely breathtaking from start to finish.

Don't see it if the subject of death really bothers you. Cannot handle shows that are dark and make you really think.

75
Cliched, Bland, Disappointing, Overrated, Great staging

See it if your desires begin and end with "story about kids with problems"

Don't see it if you need the narrative to actually resolve the characters' problems, or you require more than 4 songs to be worthwhile

Also I don't get the hype behind this show. It's dazzling to look at, the p... Read more Read less

75
Disappointing, Sad, Great acting

See it if The new kid is great. Some of the songs are good. It’s obviously designed to gut punch, and if you’re open to it, it’s great.

Don't see it if I get why the ending is the way it is, but I just don’t buy it.

95
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Must see

See it if you want to see a touching, beautifully written musical play that deals with family dynamics and teenage social issues.

Don't see it if you want a more traditional musical comedy.

84
Entertaining, Great singing, Overrated, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you are of the generation of people feeling like an outsider. See it if you like Ben Platt.

Don't see it if you don't want to listen to 2.5 hours of complaining teenagers or you think lying is wrong. Don't se if u like more traditional shows

Also This is a crowd pleaser, no disputing that. I had a problem with the o... Read more Read less

94
Absorbing, Amazing, Riveting, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you are a breathing human being. You need to see the performance of Ben Platt. Are you kidding me? He's everything. Story & songs great.

Don't see it if You can't handle social anxiety or a theme of suicide.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Great writing, Intense

See it if If you have been ignored and isolated as a teenager; you care about issues of depression, community, self-identity, social network...etc.

Don't see it if You want light themes. Personally, I don't like the ending; there should be better ways to end the story.

95
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.

100
Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting, Great singing, Great writing

See it if You want to see the best musical of the year (my opinion) You want to see the best actor in a musical (Ben Platt) who was outstanding

Don't see it if You don't have tissues ... some tears may well up

95
Profound, Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if A wonderfully executed musical about loneliness and mental health issues appeals to you. An original script, not based on a film.

Don't see it if Grave issues, like teen suicide, depression, social anxiety and autism put you off. If good and bad needs to be in black and white for you.

Also Dear Evan Hansen is an engaging musical, helped by incredible acting a... Read more Read less

80
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.

95
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!

100
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

87
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

62
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.

97
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

99
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.

100
Delightful, Great acting, Great writing, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to have a brilliant theater experience. Thought provoking, sensitive and a window to understand the unspoken plight of others.

Don't see it if You don’t like musicals with a message that makes you uncomfortable

92
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 "


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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