Taylor Trensch will officially assume the title role in the Tony-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen February 6, 2018. The Real O'Neals' Noah Galvin, who succeeded Ben Platt in November, takes his final bow at the Music Box Theatre February 4 (he was initially reported to star in the show through mid-January).
Trensch currently appears in Hello, Dolly! as Barnaby Tucker; he concludes his run in the Tony-winning revival January 14. His previous Broadway credits include The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Matilda, and Wicked.
Dear Evan Hansen features a score by the Tony- and Oscar-winning songwriting team of Benj Pasek and Justin 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 Michael Greif (Rent, Next to Normal, If/Then).
Original cast members Laura Dreyfuss, Tony winner Rachel Bay Jones, Jennifer Laura Thompson, Tony nominee Mike Faist, Michael Park, and Will Roland have all extended their contracts and will remain with the musical through May 2018. Kristolyn Lloyd will depart in March.
On Wednesday and Saturday matinees, the role of Evan is performed by Michael Lee Brown.