Ben Platt, who is set to conclude his Tony-winning turn in the title role in Broadway's Dear Evan Hansen November 19, will no longer play the November 15 matinee performance, according to an announcement on the show’s website. As previously reported, Platt has been playing a modified performance schedule during the fall; however, he had been scheduled to play all shows in his final week.
Alternate Michael Lee Brown will now play the role of Evan Hansen for the November 15 matinee performance. Brown has been taking center stage for the Wednesday and Saturday matinee performances since September.
According to a press representative for the show, Platt will play the title character for all other performances through November 19.
Beginning November 21, Dear Evan Hansen will welcome Noah Galvin in the title role. Following Galvin's run, Hello, Dolly! star Taylor Trensch will take over beginning mid-January 2018.
After a successful regional premiere and hit Off-Broadway run, Dear Evan Hansen began previews on Broadway November 14, 2016, ahead of a December 4 opening night at the Music Box Theater.
The current cast also includes Rachel Bay Jones, who won a Tony for her performance as Evan's mother Heidi, Tony nominee Mike Faist, Jennifer Laura Thompson, Laura Dreyfuss, Kristolyn Lloyd, Michael Park, and Will Roland.
Brown—as well as Colton Ryan—are the understudies for Evan Hansen.
The original musical features a score by the Tony- and Oscar-winning songwriting team of Pasek and Paul (Dogfight, A Christmas Story), a book by Tony winner Steven Levenson (Masters of Sex), choreography by Danny Mefford (Fun Home), and direction by multiple Tony nominee Greif (Rent, Next to Normal, If/Then).