‘A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to finally fit in’.
Tony Award-winning hit Broadway musical ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ will transfer to the West End’s Noël Coward Theatre in 2019.
The musical follows high school student Evan Hansen, whose social anxiety hinders his ability to connect with others. After the death of a classmate, Evan fakes a series of letters in order to gain a sense of purpose which, in turn, increases his popularity.
Writer Benj Pasek explains that the musical “takes the notion of a teenager, … Evan Hansen, who invents an important role for himself in a tragedy that he did not earn.”
Winner of six 2017 Tony Awards – including Best Musical and Best Score – and the 2018 Grammy Award, ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ features music and lyrics by Academy Award- and Tony Award-winning composers, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (The Greatest Showman), a book by Tony Award-winner Steven Levenson, direction by four-time Tony Award-nominee Michael Greif, orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, set from David Korins and projection designs by Peter Nigrini.
‘Dear Evan Hansen’ had its world premiere at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., in July 2015, before transferring to Broadway’s Music Box Theatre, beginning previews in November 2016, with an official opening in December. The musical opened Off-Broadway, at the Second Stage Theatre, in 2016. The show is set to tour the US, beginning in Denver, from October 2018, and will play more than 50 cities. The show’s first international performance is scheduled for Toronto, in March 2019.
Critically acclaimed, this “gut-punching, breathtaking knockout of a musical” (New York Times) is hailed as “one of the most remarkable shows in musical theatre history” (The Washington Post).
“A game-changer that hits you like a shot in the heart” (Rolling Stone Magazine), this bold new musical is “an anthem resonating on Broadway and beyond” (NBC Nightly News).
“It’s been a long time since there’s been a musical as touching as this one, both topical and timeless, and featuring adolescent pleas for understanding that are as old as the human race. Yet never before have the implications of our 21st century social media been better explored” (ABC NEWS).
“‘Dear Evan Hansen’ has been embraced by millennials – yet its appeal is universal. Whatever your age, you’ll watch ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ with the shock of recognition, and be touched by the honesty with which it portrays the smothering sensation of being an adolescent misfit trapped in a world of self-assured winners” (Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal).
Indeed, this “tremendously moving and piercingly intimate” (David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter) musical “”instantly pierces your heart and burrows into your consciousness” (Melissa Rose Bernado, Entertainment Weekly).
A “rare show that connects and enlightens all of us”, ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ is “as deeply universal and utterly compelling as anything you’re likely to see on stage” (Roma Torre, NY1).
‘Both deeply personal and profoundly contemporary, ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ is a new musical about life and the way we live it’.
Dates for the show’s run at the Noël Coward Theatre will be announced in November. Casting is yet to be announced.