Open run | 2h 20m | Midtown W

Dear Evan Hansen (NYC)

From 4,981 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 (4981)


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

Absorbing, Epic, Great singing, Great staging, Must see

See it if You want a night at the theatre where you will laugh, cry, and be emotional invested in a stranger's life.

Don't see it if You prefer classic musicals with no bells and whistles.

Must see, Intelligent, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy true Broadway excellence! Very moving and appropriate for today’s world of differences and loneliness.

Don't see it if You expect an upbeat musical or corny one liners. This is a serious and meaningful work.

Also I saw it with understudy Zach in the lead. I had no idea that he was a... 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

Overrated, Great singing

See it if You want to see a well done hopelessly newfangled musical with a star turn ben platt. More of an after school special than bway musicalF

Don't see it if you have no patience for what has become of Broadway music… Banal pop music

Also This is one of those heartfelt musicals that you're supposed to feel m... Read more Read less

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.

Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Great singing, Must see

See it if anyone interested in new musicals; this is about as good as they get!

Don't see it if you need to be surprised at every turn in the plot, or if you need a lot of variance in the music

Also Ben Platt was PHENOMENAL.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if A great Tony-worthy show slightly diminished by overly high expectations after two years. Story is predictable but still poignant.

Don't see it if Understudy Michael Lee Brown as E.H. is serviceable but less than compelling. Other performances are a mixed bag, actingwise and singingwise

Resonant, Great singing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if All around a great musical, I went through all the emotions. A must see for sure.

Don't see it if you want something light, centers around suicide.

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

See it if Best original show I've seen since Hamilton! Don't miss this show or Ben Platt's performance. Well written and full of heart. Worth seeing.

Don't see it if You are sensitive to some depressing subject matter.

Entertaining, Great acting, Quirky

See it if You love an inspiring story.

Don't see it if You would prefer a harder hitting musical without a sweet ending.

Banal, Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if you're a millennial who thinks shallow high school kids are interesting.

Don't see it if you want a memorable score or sympathetic characters.

Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Must see

See it if You want to see a show with great dancing, singing, acting about suicide

Don't see it if You don't want to see a show that's about such a serious matter

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

See it if like a touching story with fantastic acting and singing.

Don't see it if you only like comedies or lighter musicals.

Also Believe it or not, I was able (on purpose) to see Evan Hansen without ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Great writing, Relevant

See it if you've ever felt lonely or lost or struggled to connect. See it if you've ever felt helpless in the face of grief or a tragic loss.

Don't see it if you have no idea about the social media landscape - but the acting (especially Ben Platt's performance) should not be missed!

Also Sometimes tragic, always beautiful, and a touching tribute to adolesce... Read more Read less

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

See it if You want to see one of the best shows this season

Don't see it if Want to miss great theater

Great singing, Resonant, Emotionally manipulative

See it if you want to experience masterful performances by the talented ensemble

Don't see it if you want an uplifting evening or if you are not a fan of the composers

Also There's no doubt that the performances are wonderful. And it's orchest... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Edgy

See it if Everyone should see it and if you have children from about age 12 and up you should bring them.

Don't see it if You want to keep your head in the sand about what goes on in teenagers lives.

Absorbing, Relevant, Great writing

See it if You want to see a story that’s relevant and very entertaining.

Don't see it if You want a musical with strong singing voices.this is me being 100% honest. This is still by far one of my favorites. Also bring tissues

Absorbing, Edgy, Great singing, Great staging, Relevant

See it if You want to see a brilliant original american musical dealing with issues of today & the reality of technology & social media in our lives

Don't see it if You are looking for musical fluff or if you are personally struggling with a recent loss

Ambitious, Edgy, Great writing, Intense, Profound

See it if You are interested in whether there is nuance in what the truth is or if a deception is justified and how social media effects this

Don't see it if If you want a light hearted musical comedy that is not emotionally moving.

Absorbing, Great acting, Beautiful music, Offensive

See it if you want to see some of the best acting of the year

Don't see it if you're interested in a show that is happy/funny/light-hearted; or deeply offended by a kid gaining fame from someone else's suicide

Ambitious, Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you like intelligent, absorbing, beautifully written and outstandingly performed musical theater.

Don't see it if the subject of teenage suicide turns you off.

Also A brilliant piece, even more engaging now than it was last season off-... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Intense, Must see

See it if you want to think about forging identity, the compexities of parenting and the deep longing that all humans feel for a true friendship

Don't see it if Bothered by profanity, bored by technology

Edgy, Great acting, Great writing, Must see, Relevant

See it if you enjoy brilliant, original new musicals.

Don't see it if you can't relate at all to the everyday psychological and social issues of parents and high schoolers.

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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