The Broadway transfer of Dear Evan Hansen officially opens at the Music Box Theatre December 4. Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, and Steven Levenson’s new musical began performances on Broadway November 14 following an acclaimed, sold-out run Off-Broadway earlier this year.
The story follows one student's struggle for identity amidst the chaos of high school. Pitch Perfect's Ben Platt, who led the world and New York premieres, once again stars as Evan Hansen. He is joined by Laura Dreyfuss, Rachel Bay Jones, Jennifer Laura Thompson, Mike Faist, Michael Park, Will Roland, and Kristolyn Lloyd.
The original musical features a score by the Tony and Emmy-nominated songwriting team of Pasek and Paul (Dogfight, A Christmas Story), a book by Obie Award winner Levenson (Masters of Sex), choreography by Danny Mefford (Fun Home), and direction by three-time Tony nominee Michael Greif (Rent, Next to Normal, If/Then).
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In celebration of the opening, the original Broadway cast recording is now available for pre-order ahead of its digital release date February 3, 2017. Those who pre-order the album receive an instant, free download of the song “Waving Through a Window,” sung by Platt and the cast.
Following its debut at Arena Stage in 2015, the Off-Broadway premiere of Dear Evan Hansen opened May 1 at Second Stage Theatre and quickly sold out its entire limited run, which ended May 29. Here’s how production notes outline the story: “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. Both deeply personal and profoundly contemporary, Dear Evan Hansen is a new American musical about life and the way we live it.”
Dear Evan Hansen features scenic design by David Korins, projection design by Peter Nigrini, lighting design by Japhy Weideman, costume design by Emily Rebholz, and sound design by Nevin Steinberg. Music supervision, orchestrations, and additional arrangement are by Alex Lacamoire. The musical director is Ben Cohn. Vocal arrangements and additional arrangements are by Justin Paul. Casting is by Tara Rubin Casting. Adrienne Campbell-Holt serves as associate director. Judith Schoenfeld serves as production stage manager, with Michael McGoff as stage manager. Jayne Hong and Rachel Weinstein are associate producers. 101 Productions serves as executive producer.