The show stormed Broadway, scooping six Tony Awards and the Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album. Before they wrote the music and lyrics for La La Land and The Greatest Showman, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul collaborated for the Dear Evan Hansen score – and the result is is songbook that's soulful, sharp and nuanced.
It broke box office records when it opened on Broadway in 2016 and critics enthused about a tender, emotive show, stuffed with soaring songs and without any of the usual musical theatre schmaltz. And now the wait for the Dear Evan Hansen London transfer is nearly over, as it has been confirmed the show will run at the West End's Noel Coward Theatre from October 2019.
The show is a classic coming of age narrative that zings with zeitgeisty details and contemporary references. The titular Evan Hansen is a high school student with severe anxiety. Upon the advice of his therapist, Evan writes himself daily letters to track and combat his mental health struggles. But when the death of a fellow pupil triggers a little white lie, Evan is suddenly propelled into the spotlight and given a chance to be one of the popular crowd.
Ben Platt, who played Evan, was the toast of New York, with critics gushing about 'a performance that's not likely to be bettered on Broadway this season' so we're crossing our fingers he will head up the London cast.
|What||Dear Evan Hansen, Noel Coward Theatre|
|Where||Noel Coward Theatre, St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4AU | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Leicester Square (underground)|
29 Oct 19 – 07 Mar 20, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
|Website||Click here for more information and tickets|