Dear Evan Hansen will complete its Off Broadway run this weekend (on May 29, 2016) at New York City's Second Stage Theater on West 43rd Street. Stacey Mindich Productions will produce the transfer to a Shubert Theatre to be announced soon.
Dear Evan Hansen was created after a real-life death at Benj Pasek's high school more than 10 years ago. Pasek is co-songwriter along with Justin Paul. This terrific songwriting team wrote a beautiful score and it matches perfectly well with a book written by Steven Levenson, who is the writer for the popular cable television series Masters Of Sex. By the way, Pasek and Paul are Tony Award and Emmy nominated songwriters as well. Choreography is by Danny Mefford who won a Tony Award for his work in Fun Home, the Best Musical in 2015. Michael Greif is the director of this fabulous new musical. Mr. Greif has been nominated for three Tony Awards for his work in Rent, Next to Normal and If/Then. All three are favorites of mine and very unique bodies of work in the theatre.
Dear Evan Hansen tells the story of the struggles of one high school student, his difficulties with his identity and fitting in and the tumult that surrounds him. Although he feels almost invisible to the closest people in his life, when the school bully kills himself, life takes a dramatic turn for Evan Hansen as we see him evolve from loner to someone everyone wants to know.
In the current Off Broadway production of Dear Evan Hansen, featured performers are John Dossett, Laura Deyfuss, Mike Faist, Rachel Bay Jones, Kristolyn Lloyd, Will Roland and Jennifer Laura Thompson. It'll be interesting to see if some of these cast members will be selected to play when the shows transfer to Broadway. Stay tuned.
Dear Evan Hansen recently won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off Broadway Musical, the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Musical and two Obie Awards, one for Musical Theatre for Pasek, Paul and Levinson as well as an award given to Ben Platt for Performance.
My understanding is that Dear Evan Hansen's creative team will transfer to Broadway when the show moves. This show has the potential to become an intensely popular show as it has very strong social messages to convey, something that is sure to ignite great interest to both younger as well as experienced theatergoers alike.
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