The first international production of the Tony Award-winning Dear Evan Hansen will begin performances in March 2019 at Toronto’s Royal Alexandra Theatre. Broadway producer Stacey Mindich will partner with Canadian producer David Mirvish on the Toronto engagement.
The original Broadway production team, including Tony, Grammy, and Academy Award winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (music and lyrics), Tony winner Steven Levenson (book), and four-time Tony nominee Michael Greif (direction), will reunite to launch this production.
“I’m very proud to bring Dear Evan Hansen to Canada next year and partner with David Mirvish, known for the quality of his Canadian productions,” Mindich said in a statement. “Our show is all about connection, and it’s exciting to think about audiences in another country finding that profound connection.”
"I first saw Dear Evan Hansen at the Second Stage in April 2016. My reaction to it was immediate and profound. It moved and entertained me as few other shows have ever done,” Mirvish added. “I knew it was a show that had to be seen in Toronto. We are delighted that Stacey Mindich — whose dedication to the honest telling of this story and to the creative team that created it is a testament to the making of great theatre — has chosen us to be the show’s first International production. I am confident Canadian audiences will love the show as much as I do, and will cherish the universal truths it tells.”
Dear Evan Hansen continues its record-breaking run on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre, where Taylor Trensch, seen as Barnaby in the Tony-winning revival of Hello, Dolly!, took over the title role earlier this month.
In addition to winning six 2017 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and a 2018 Grammy Award, Dear Evan Hansen has won numerous other awards: the 2017 Drama League Award for Outstanding Musical Production and for the Off-Broadway production, two Obie Awards, a Drama Desk Award, two Outer Critics Circle Awards, and two Helen Hayes Awards.
The musical features scenic design by David Korins, projection design by Peter Nigrini, costume design by Emily Rebholz, lighting design by Japhy Weideman, sound design by Nevin Steinberg, and hair design by David Brian Brown. Music supervision, orchestrations, and additional arrangements are by Alex Lacamoire. Ben Cohn is the associate music supervisor. Vocal arrangements and additional arrangements are by Justin Paul. Danny Mefford is the choreographer.
U.S. casting is by Tara Rubin Casting/Lindsay Levine. Adrienne Campbell-Holt serves as associate director, and Adam Quinn is the assistant director. Judith Schoenfeld is the production supervisor.
A multi-city U.S. touring production of Dear Evan Hansen launches in September in Denver, Colorado.