The tour is on its way!
The national tour of Dear Evan Hansen has begun in Denver! Take a look at the cast in action in this first look photo. The tour is set to hit a further 22 cities as it travels on through the rest of 2018, finally finishing up in Washington in August.
The cast features Ben Levi Ross as Evan Hansen, Jessica Philips as Heidi Hanson, Jared Goldsmith as Jared Kleinman, Phoebe Koyabe as Alana Beck, Christiane Noll as Cynthia Murphy, Aaron Lazar as Larry Murphy, Marrick Smith as Connor Murphy and Maggie McKenna as Zoe Murphy.
With music and lyrics written by La La Land creators Benj Pasek and Justin Paul and direction by Michael Greif the musical won six Tony awards in 2017, and also garnered the 2018 Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album.
What is Dear Evan Hansen about?
Dear Evan Hansen is a cautionary tale about how a lie can spread across a community long before the truth even has a look in. The eponymous Evan of the story is an anxiety-ridden high school misfit who is desperate for any form of recognition from his peers. So much so, that when his classmate Connor commits suicide after suffering depression, a mysterious suicide note appears in the weeks after, seemingly addressed to Evan.
Now infamous by association with the dead teen, Evan finally gains the spotlight that he craves. However, with a traumatized local community, not to mention his family, starts begging Evan for more clues about Connor's state of mind, Evan's world starts to unravel with frightening speed. With Connor's parents and sister Zoe (who just happens to be Evan's crush) finding solace in the note, it isn't long before the powers of social media start to question its validity, and Evan's own motives.