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Dear Evan Hansen is directed by Michael Grief (Rent, Next to Normal), with a score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (Dogfight, Edges, Smash) and a book by Steven Levenson (The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin, If I Forgot). Ben Platt, Rachel Bay Jones, Michael Park, and Jennifer Laura Thompson, who all originated their roles in D.C, were invited to reading in May 2014. Will Roland, Mike Faist and Laura Dreyfuss were added to the cast for the second reading in July 2014, and there was a third and final reading in September 2014. Finally, there was a full workshop in March 2015. On July 10, 2015, Dear Evan Hansen premiered at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C and ran until August 23, 2015. From May 1, 20,16 to May 29, 2016, the show played an Off-Broadway run at Second Stage Theatre. Dear Evan Hansen opened on Broadway on December 4, 2016.
Dear Evan Hansen is about a teen named Evan Hansen who struggles with severe anxiety and also has a broken arm, which he claims occurred when he fell out of a tree. His therapist, Dr. Sherman, suggested he write letters to himself, which leads to the title, Dear Evan Hansen. Connor Murphy runs into Evan in the Computer lab one day. Connor finds Evan's letter, in which Evan writes about having a crush on his sister, Zoe and Connor sees it and accuses Evan of trying to get Connor to find it and get him mad at him to make fun of Connor for his reputation of anger and violence. Connor signs Evan's cast and runs off. Three days later Evan is worried about what Connor will do with his letter. He is called to the Principal's office where he finds Connor's parents. He learns that Connor committed suicide. The Murphy's think Connor and Evan are friends because of the letter. Evan tries to clarify that they didn't know each other but can't because he sees how much of a comfort it is to Cynthia Murphy to believe they are friends. Evan's anxiety leads him to make up a story that Connor was there when he broke his arm. Then he keeps digging himself into a spiral of lies, creating more emails and creates The Connor Project which makes him more popular. This musical is a story of how social media has to lead to weaker human connection and that we are all looking to be found, to matter to someone.
- Evan Hansen
- Evan is seventeen. Currently played by Jordan Fisher on Broadway and Sam Tutty on the West End, he is the son of Heidi Hansen, and ex-boyfriend of Zoe Murphy. His "family friend" (and the only person close to him) is Jared Kleinman. He is a teen with social anxiety.
- Heidi Hansen
- Heidi is in her forties. Currently played by Lisa Brescia, Heidi is Evan's mother.
- Zoe Murphy
- Zoe is sixteen. Currently played by Gabrielle Carrubba, Zoe is the daughter of Cynthia and Larry Murphy and the sister to Connor Murphy. She is also Evan's ex-girlfriend.
- Cynthia Murphy
- Cynthia is in her forties. Currently played by Anne Sanders, Cynthia is the wife to Larry and the mother of Zoe and Connor.
- Larry Murphy
- Larry is in his forties. Currently played by Ivan Herdandez, Larry is the husband to Cynthia and father of Zoe and Connor.
- Jared Kleinman
- Jared is seventeen. Currently played by Jared B. Goldsmith, Jared is Evan's "family friend" (as he proclaims).
- Alana Beck
- Alana is seventeen. Currently played by Samantha Williams, Alana was friends with Evan and Jared, and is speculated to have a crush on Connor by the original actress of the role, Kristolyn Lloyd.
- Connor Murphy
- Connor is seventeen. Currently played by Alex Boniello, Connor was the son of Cynthia and Larry and the brother to Zoe.
Dear Evan Hansen Soundtrack
Included in the Official Soundtrack
- Anybody Have a Map?
- Waving Through a Window
- For Forever
- Sincerely, Me
- If I Could Tell Her
- You Will be Found