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Broadway Theatre:

Music Box Theatre
239 West 45th Street
New York, NY 10036

Dear Evan Hansen Information

About the Show:

Dear Evan Hansen opened in 2015 at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. and then off-Broadway in March 2016. The musical officially opened for its Broadway debut December 4th, 2016 at Music Box Theatre. The plot focuses on one teen, Evan Hansen, who deals with the tragedy of another teen and his family. Dear Evan Hansen is about the modern day life and how teenagers function in a twenty-first century society. Through heartache, pain, growing up, and love, Hansen discovers himself and learns the value of living. 

Dear Evan Hansen is nominated for many 2017 Tony Awards including Best Musical. 

Plot Synopsis:

Dear Evan Hansen is about Connor, a high school student, who commits suicide. Though Connor and Evan did not know each other, a strange connection draws them closer as the plot unfolds. Connor's parents find a note to Evan, but Connor did not write the note himself. Evan wrote it as a fake note after his therapist suggested the idea to help Evan overcome his anxiety and social awkwardness. Connor stole the note from Evan in the computer lab in a continuing streak of cruelty due to Connor's own issues; therefore, Connor's parents find it with his belongings after he dies.

Evan's mother is not around often, as she works long hours and attends school, and Evan's father is not in the picture. After Connor's parents find the note, Evan decides to pretend he was actually great friends with Connor in order to help Connor's parents cope with their loss. He writes fake emails with his one true friend, Jared, to establish the fake friendship. Coincidentally, Zoe, Connor's sister, is the girl that Evan is in love with, and she begins to notice Evan as he helps her family deal with the tragedy. The news of the fake friendship spreads all over the school and turns into social media wildfire, as support for Connor's tragic passing demonstrates both good and bad effects of social media's ability to connect and inform. 

The story is a learning lesson about growing pains, dealing with loss, and figuring out who you are in a high school environment where "acting out of the norm" is a sentence for social exile. 

Run Time:

2 hours and 30 minutes with one intermission

Awards:

  • 2016 Obie Award for Musical Theatre
  • 2016 Outer Critics Circle Award
  • 2016 Helen Hayes Award
  • Edgerton Foundtain New Play Award

Creative Team:

Music and Lyrics:
Benj Pasek & Justin Paul
Book:
Steven Levenson
Director:
Michael Greif
Choreographer:
Danny Mefford
Costumes:
Emily Rebholz
Scenic Design:
David Korins
Lighting Design:
Japhy Weideman
Sound Design:
Nevin Steinberg

Dear Evan Hansen Cast:

Broadway

Evan Hansen:
Ben Platt
Zoe Murphy:
Laura Dreyfuss
Heidi Hansen:
Rachel Bay Jones
Cynthia Murphy:
Jennifer Laura Thompson
Connor Murphy:
Mike Faist
Larry Murphy:
Michael Park
Jared Kleinman:
Will Roland
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