Hot on the heels of winning the 2018 National High School Musical Theatre Award, Andrew Barth Feldman will make his Broadway debut in the Tony-winning hit Dear Evan Hansen. He’ll take on the title role beginning January 30, 2019, succeeding Taylor Trensch, who will take his final bow at the Music Box Theatre January 27.
Feldman, currently a high school junior, won the Best Actor Award at the Jimmy Awards (as the National High School Musical Theatre Awards are more commonly known) for his performance as Frank Abagnale Jr. in Lawrence Woodmere Academy’s production of Catch Me If You Can. Shortly after winning, he found himself auditioning for the musical, which served as a sponsor at this year’s ceremony.
“As a real-life high school student, I relate to the character of Evan Hansen immensely. And as a performer, it’s obviously been a dream of mine to sing [Benj] Pasek and [Justin] Paul’s amazing score,” he said in a statement. “I’m so excited to get to make my Broadway debut in this show that means so much to me and my peers.
In addition to Trensch, the current Broadway company includes Lisa Brescia as Heidi Hansen, Mallory Bechtel as Zoe Murphy, Alex Boniello as Connor Murphy, Jennifer Laura Thompson as Cynthia Murphy, Michael Park as Larry Murphy, Phoenix Best as Alana Beck, and Sky Lakota-Lynch as Jared Kleinman.
Michael Lee Brown serves as the Evan Hansen alternate and will continue to play select performances when Feldman starts.
Watch Feldman's finalist solo performance at the Jimmy Awards—Honeymoon in Vegas' "I Love Betsy"—below.