‘Dear Evan Hansen’ to close on Broadway
The show has run at the Music Box Theatre since 2016.
We’re waving (goodbye) through a window. After nearly six years on Broadway, Dear Evan Hansen has announced its closing. The Tony Award-winning musical will play its final performance at the Music Box Theatre on September 18.
Dear Evan Hansen features a book by Steven Levenson and music and lyrics by Tony, Oscar, and Grammy-winning duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. The poignant show centers on a teenage boy with social anxiety who ends up starting a social movement for inclusion at his high school in the wake of tragedy. Though he finds newfound confidence and support, he got there by unwittingly tangling himself in a lie he has to now get out of to truly find his way.
The five-star New York Theatre Guide review of Dear Evan Hansen reads, “Dear Evan Hansen is a show that holds you tight with its honesty of story told in a way that delights you to your very toes. Every aspect of what you see, hear and feel hums in perfect harmony throughout the piece. The songs, by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, are poetic expressions of real human stuff that dove tails perfectly with the storytelling.”
Dear Evan Hansen had its world premiere in Washington, D.C. in July 2015 and an Off-Broadway premiere with Second Stage Theater in March 2016. Broadway performances began November 14, 2016 ahead of a December 4 opening night, and received critical acclaim.
The musical would become a favorite at the 2017 Tony Awards. The show was nominated for nine awards and won six, including Best Musical. Additionally, Ben Platt became the youngest solo Tony winner at 23 for starring as Evan Hansen. He later reprised the role in the 2021 film adaptation.
The cast at the time of closing includes Sam Primack as Evan Hansen, Talia Simone Robinson as Zoe Murphy, Jessica Phillips as Heidi Hansen, Ann Sanders as Cynthia Murphy, Noah Kieserman as Connor Murphy, Manoel Felciano as Larry Murphy, Gaten Matarazzo as Jared Kleinman, and Ciara Alyse Harris as Alana Beck.
Dear Evan Hansen will continue to play on its North American tour.
Photo credit: Dear Evan Hansen (Photo courtesy of production)