Dear Evan Hansen to transfer to the West End in November 2019
Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen is set to transfer to the West End late next year, it has been announced.
The musical, written by The Greatest Showman composers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, tells the story of a high school student called Evan Hansen who suffers from severe anxiety which has an effect on his ability to connect with people. However, the tragic death of a classmate brings him closer to the student’s family.
With a book by Steven Levenson, the musical premiered on Broadway in 2016 starring Ben Platt in the titular role. It went on to win the Tony Awards for best musical, best book of a musical, best original score, and best performance by an actor in a leading role. It continues to play the Music Box Theatre to full capacity audiences.
Earlier this year, producers hinted that they would cast British actors for the musical, as well as casting the show colour-blind.
The musical received hugely positive reviews when it opened on Broadway, with the New York Times’ critic Charles Isherwood calling it a ‘gorgeous heartbreaker of a musical’, while Time Out New York’s Adam Feldman said: “Benj Pasek and Justin Paul’s score, orchestrated by Alex Lacamoire, brims with tuneful and thoughtful songs that sound, as few Broadway songs do, like they could be on the radio tomorrow.”
Ticket information for Dear Evan Hansen will be announced at a later date.
Dear Evan Hansen tickets will go on sale soon.
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