DEAR EVAN HANSEN
WILL OPEN ON BROADWAY AT THE
ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2016
BEN PLATT TO REPRISE HIS OBIE-WINNING PERFORMANCE
ALONGSIDE LAURA DREYFUSS, RACHEL BAY JONES, JENNIFER LAURA THOMPSON, MIKE FAIST, MICHAEL PARK,
WILL ROLAND & KRISTOLYN LLOYD
OBIE, OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE & HELEN HAYES AWARD-WINNING
‘BEST MUSICAL’ BEGINS PREVIEWS IN NOVEMBER
New York, NY – Producer Stacey Mindich has confirmed that the recently-announced Broadway premiere of the new musical Dear Evan Hansen has found its home: it will officially open at the Belasco Theatre (111 West 44th Street) on Sunday, December 4, 2016. Previews begin in November. With a book by Steven Levenson, score by Tony® Award nominees Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, and direction by 3-time Tony® Award nominee Michael Greif, Dear Evan Hansen had its world premiere at Arena Stage, Washington D.C., this past summer and recently concluded its record-breaking New York debut at Off-Broadway’s Second Stage. Tickets for the open-ended Broadway engagement go on sale June 19. For more news and information on tickets, visit www.DearEvanHansen.com.
Ben Platt, who led the world and New York premieres of the musical, will once again star as Evan Hansen, a performance for which he recently won the 2016 Obie Award plus nominations from the Drama League and Outer Critics Circle Awards. Platt will be joined by his Second Stage co-stars Laura Dreyfuss, Rachel Bay Jones, Jennifer Laura Thompson, Mike Faist, Will Roland and Kristolyn Lloyd. Emmy® Award winner Michael Park, who originated the role of Larry Murphy at Arena Stage in Washington D.C., returns for the Broadway production. Casting is by Tara Rubin Casting.
Dear Evan Hansen recently won ‘Best Musical’ prizes from the Obie Awards, Outer Critics Circle Awards and Helen Hayes Awards. It was also nominated for Distinguished Production of a Musical from the Drama League Awards. Among its many honors, Michael Greif won the Helen Hayes Award for Best Director of a Musical; Ben Platt won an Obie Award for Performance; Steven Levenson won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Book of a Musical; and composers Benj Pasek & Justin Paul won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lyrics.
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. Danny Mefford is the choreographer. Adrienne Campbell-Holt serves as Associate Director. Judith Schoenfeld will serve as Production Stage Manager, with Michael McGoff as Stage Manager. Jayne Hong is Associate Producer. 101 Productions serves as Executive Producer.
Dear Evan Hansen is produced on Broadway by Stacey Mindich, Mickey Liddell, Hunter Arnold, Caiola Productions, Double Gemini Productions, Fakston Productions, Roy Furman, Harris Karma Productions, On Your Marks Group, Darren Bagert, Bob Boyett, Colin Callendar, Caitlin Clements, Freddy DeMann, Dante DiLoreto, Bonnie & Kenneth Feld, FickStern Productions, Eric & Marsi Gardiner, Jere Harris and Darren DeVerna, Mike Kriak, Arielle Tepper Madover, David Mirvish, Eva Price, Zeilinger Productions, Adam Zotovich in association with Arena Stage and Second Stage Theatre.
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“A superb new musical with great heart and humor. The finest, most emotional resonant score yet from Benj Pasek & Justin Paul.” – Charles Isherwood, The New York Times
“Theatrical magic of a special magnitude. An extraordinary work whose captivatingly generous spirit is matched by its exemplary intelligence and fearless embrace of deep feeling.” – Peter Marks, The Washington Post
“Powerfully emotional! A musical gem with the kind of surprising song only found in the best musical theater” – Jesse Green, New York Magazine
“An intimate show with a gigantic heart.” – Jeremy Gerard, Deadline