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.
Dear Evan Hansen may be a recently debuted production—the show hit Broadway in 2016—but its impact on the world of musical theatre has been monumental. Its 2017 Tony win for “Best Musical” is just the beginning: The Washington Post calls it “One of the most remarkable shows in musical theater history.”
Dear Evan Hansen is perhaps most poignant because of its relevance to modern audiences. Unlike other beloved musicals set in the past (like West Side Story or Les Misérables), Dear Evan Hansen is a contemporary show that touches on many topics of modern life, including family dynamics, communication in a digital age, the impact of social media and the universal journey of finding your voice.
Part of the cultural phenomenon behind Dear Evan Hansen has been its appeal to all audiences – young and old.
Susanna Schrobsdorff with TIME writes “…the intensity of Evan Hansen is in an old-school interactive experience in which you show up in person and sit very close to whomever you came with. If you’re there with your child, you can sense the way he or she is reacting to what’s happening on stage. Your kid will know when you hold your breath, or let a sob slip out. It’s a visceral exchange, one that feels primal and rare.”
Dear Evan Hansen is product of an award-winning creative team: with a book by Tony Award-winner Steven Levenson, music and lyrics by Grammy®, Tony® and Academy Award® winning writers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land, The Greatest Showman), and direction by four-time Tony® nominee Michael Greif (Rent, Next to Normal). The Grammy Award-winning Original Broadway Cast Recording of Dear Evan Hansen produced by Atlantic Records was certified gold in March 2019, making it only the third cast recording in the last decade to do so.
Moving, striking, and uplifting, Dear Evan Hansen’s myriad awards are well-earned. Take a look at the show’s worldwide impact by the numbers.
- 2: items inducted into the Smithsonian
- 4: productions worldwide
- 6: 2017 Tony awards, including Best Musical
- 7: tour cities with broken box office records (so far)
- 8: on-stage actors
- 8: the cast album’s debut number on the billboard chart
- 9: mental health non-profit partners (across Broadway, North American tour and London)
- 20: stars Zoe Murphy has scribbled on the cuffs of her jeans (from the song “If I Could Tell Her”)
- 23: cities on our first year on tour
- 30: new cities on tour in year 2
- 31: countries represented in Dear Evan Hansen’s virtual choir for “You Will Be Found”
- 40: touring company members
- 1,247: arm casts in 2019
- 4,489: our largest audience yet (the Fox Theatre in Atlanta)
- 500,000+: copies of the cast album sold, making it only the 3rd cast recording in the last decade to go gold
- 1,000,000+: fans on tour (estimated at end of September)
- 1,186,064: views on our ‘You Will Be Found’ virtual choir video
- 2,000,000+: dollars raised for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
- 2,783,712: people will be found in seats across the globe by the end of 2019
Dallas Summer Musicals will bring Dear Evan Hansen to Fair Park this holiday season: shows run November 26 to December 8 at Music Hall at Fair Park. Secure your tickets today before they sell out. Visit dallassummermusicals.org/shows/dear-evan-hansen to learn more.