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Dear Evan Hansen Reviews

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Average customer review: 4.0 star rating (4.0 Stars)

Number of reviews: 31



5.0 star rating Kelsey from San Francisco, California


just go watch and see for yourself, and remember to bring tissues. My father who is an engineer that generally has no interest in musicals at all saw it and is now hooked on musicals

5.0 star rating Frances from San Francisco, California


A thought-provoking storyline with catchy music that will stay with you long after the final curtain call.

5.0 star rating Maureen from San Francisco, California


Fantastic show in every way. Go. And bring tissues.

5.0 star rating Martin freeman from San Francisco, California


Buy as soon as they go on sale. Loved it

5.0 star rating Matt from Chicago, Illinois


To be honest I loved the score to this show and was worried the show would be a letdown like Hamilton in Chicago was ...but Dear Even Hansen is amazing the cast delivers a performance as great as can be imagined after listening to the cast album ! Ben Levi Ross plays Evan with an honest and raw emotion that touches the hearts of everyone in the house. Maggie’s Zoey is phenomenally well delivered and brings such life to the relationships on stage ! Really such an amazing night of theatre. If you leave the theater after watching this cast not having all your feels exposed you really must be dead inside:)

5.0 star rating Rex M Best, III from Greensboro, North Carolina


DEH is quite simply the best original musical around. Its well deserved Tonys (6 total, 2017) speak for themselves, but there is something truly magical about this show that sets it apart. The touring company is excellent. Ben Platt made a splash as the original Evan Hansen on Broadway, but Ben Levi Ross who plays Evan in the touring company is just as outstanding. His Evan is different than Platt's, but equally as moving and riveting. I saw the performance on opening night at DPAC. It was flawless. The score by Pasek and Paul is gorgeous/lyrical; the book by Steven Levinson is powerful. Bring tissues! There are lots of tears, but lots of laughter, too. It's a musical that tackles very difficult topics with sensitivity and intelligence. There's much to absorb for teens and adults who see the show, and invariably connect with the characters and situations. If you can still get a ticket: do! It's so worth it!

5.0 star rating Tom dillis from Charlotte, North Carolina


Holy moly, these three characters could have been played more perfec, Evan, Evans mom, conners mom! You have really brought my interest back to come see another broadway show and will! Thank you for your efforts!

5.0 star rating Cameryn from Atlanta, Georgia


Beautiful music, beautifully staged, great storytelling. Go see it!

5.0 star rating Chi from Boston, Massachusetts


An excellent production of the award winning musical. Starting with the set design, it was a creative use of panel to showcase the modern virtual world that we live in. The lighting design was great in accentuating the moods of the songs and the characters. The color combination (blue and blue) was showcased throughout the set as could be expected. Moving onto the sound, I found the title character Evan Hansen played by Ben Levi Ross a bit low/muffled in the beginning. This became apparent in the duet, "Only Us" with Zoe played by Maggie McKenna where it was hard to hear Evan’s parts. The choreography was good. Not a lot of dancing in this musical, for the few pieces like “Sincerely Me” the movements were comical intentionally so. Lastly, the singing and music. The music and lyrics by Pasek And Paul is just great. My seatmates were fortunate that I didn’t sing along. And regarding the actual singing, it was enough to bring tears to my neighbor and definitely a few sobs from the rest of the audience during the numbers “You will be found” and “So Big/So Small” if not others. Having heard Ben Platts (Evan Hansen -original cast) I was pleasantly surprised by Ben Levi Ross and his renditions. Definitely worth one showing if not two.

5.0 star rating GA from Greenville, South Carolina

WOW <3

Wow. What a powerful story. All I can say is there was not a dry eye anywhere near where us and not a funny missed either lol. Beautiful on so many levels. Thank you. SO MUCH.

5.0 star rating N. Werner from St. Louis, Missouri



5.0 star rating Rayshell Purifoy from Dallas, Texas


This show had the audience in the palm of their hands. A realistic look at what our high school kids can face and how easy it is to misunderstand. Excellent actors! Go see this!

5.0 star rating Shannon Malcom from Birmingham, Alabama


This cast gave an amazing emotional performance! We are so thankful to get back in the theatre and enjoyed this show SO much! Fantastic job Dear Evan Hansen!!!

5.0 star rating Kaylee from Providence, Rhode Island


I have seen and enjoyed many musicals. I however have never loved, cried, laughed, and felt so emotionally invested in any other musical. The amount of feeling these actors put through there words and voices was amazing. This one goes out to anyone that has ever felt alone or like they were not good enough. Things will get better. No one deserves to feel like they could disappear and no one deserves to be forgotten. The April 5th cast in Providence was the best cast and gave the best performance that I have ever seen.

5.0 star rating Joe from Providence, Rhode Island


Have to start off by saying this production is a terrific version of this show. The only problem is the sound which has been an issue all season at PPAC. We’ve been subscribers for years but this year something has changed. Not sure if there is an in house sound engineer (which seems to be as it’s been an issue with every production this year) or if it’s the system that’s built in and all production companies have to use it. Whatever the reason, the sound has been so inconsistent for every show. Our seats are in the first half dozen rows on the aisle, so there should be no reason that we can’t hear the dialogue but it’s been terrible. Hopefully they can get it together or we probably won’t renew.

5.0 star rating Marjorie from Providence RI


I was hooked when Ben opened his mouth I fell in love with him. I believed him I cried they must of this. During intermission people were crying all around me people were passing tissue around For real!! It was emotional and gut wrenching. I loved it The whole cast wax excellent and I liked the music It is worth seeing

5.0 star rating Carolyn Hunt from Rochester, New York


Matt Kemp, Fairport native, delivered a powerful, authentic, heart felt performance as Evan. We laughed, we cried and we held our breath. It is a comedy as much as a drama. Outstanding singers and songs. DEH is not a shallow musical.

5.0 star rating JT from Peoria, Illinois


Beautiful story presented in a great way - vert talented cast & band!! Music is fabulous and powerful. No downsides - all good - don't miss it you have the opportunity to see it.

4.0 star rating Would rather not say from San Francisco, California


This was my second time seeing this show plus I have seen the movie twice. I saw the Broadway cast (Sadly not with Ben Platt but with almost all the other originals) in the 4th row center and it was a tearjerking masterpiece. This cast was mostly good, but the guy who plays Evan Hansen...well? Not so much.

3.0 star rating Alex from San Francisco, California


First half good. Second half lacking follow through. Poor audio at times...could not understand actors. Wish there wouldnt be so much comedy on such a serious issue as suicide. Music was good though.

3.0 star rating Stephanie from Los Angeles, California


Saw the 2:00pm matineee yesterday 10/18/18. Show was PLAGUED by tech issues. We the audience didn't know but for the fact they stopped the show 4 times. At the top after Evan Hansen did his first monologue, stopped show 3-4 minutes into it. People thought it was part of the show, until the asked the actor to leave the stage! Right before end of 1st Act, took a 25 minute break due to tech issues, combined with the show starting almost half hour late. I felt bad for actors who were wonderful as was the music. As an adult, I felt the target audience was jr & sr high schoolers and parents. Still a good meaningful show, but had I not one discount tix I would not have paid full price for the tickets.

3.0 star rating JJ from Chicago, Illinois


I saw this on Broadway and it blew my mind- it was so incredibly beautiful and touching. Just took my parents to see the Chicago production and I give it a big meh. Voices don’t even begin to match up, performers are “playing” actors who created the original roles, staging has changed some- but is not impactful. Sobbed through every moment on Broadway, didn’t shed a single tear tonight.

3.0 star rating Krista from Chicago, Illinois


I had heard all the hype after hearing friends who saw the show on Broadway talking... But the Chicago performance is not up to Broadway level. While the show and message are good I kept thinking about the tech mis-haps and opportunities for improvement. Band drowned out some vocals, actors are very hard to hear during certain ranges (that they probably shouldn’t be singing), lighting in last scene hurt my eyes, some actors seemed to be over acting... Kind of takes away from the emotional impact the show could have delivered.

3.0 star rating Janet from Houston, Texas


Had really high expectations after family members had seen the Broadway production and expected to be really affected by emotional impact. In fact the Houston touring production totally undercut the visceral impact by technical issues. The break in the action seemed very amateurish due to some technical issue. Far worse was the audio imbalance. Singing by main characters below par but far worse the were miked to screaming thus no subtlety or true feeling. Very sad. Seats ere exceedingly uncomfortable.Wouldnot recommend.

3.0 star rating A Wheeler from Dallas, Texas


Saw Dear Evan on Broadway in Nee York and was excited to bring my extended family to see it this Thanksgiving. Saw it 11/29/2019 at 7:30pm. I got tickets on Row KK Section C in the Orchestra section because it was the only place with 8 seats together. First, the computer screens for the tech people were FACING us with blinding white light the ENITRE show. Horrible!! It was very quiet at times, they need to turn it UP in the back to hear over the SQUEAKY chairs in there, for Gods sake people, sit still!! On the seating map it appeared we were in the middle, but we were at the absolute back under the balcony, couldn’t see actors faces or hear them often. So it took me out of it because it was incredible in NYC. The singers were amazing, Evan was better than in NYC, just wow. Really wish it had been louder and their computers weren’t in our faces the entire time, really unfortunate. If you go here sit as close to the front as you can so you’re not distracted by the computers.

3.0 star rating Terry Eichas from West Palm Beach, Florida


the music overtook the voices of the actors. Verbal was unclear. Pregnant pauses throughout the show lead you to beleive something else was supposed to happen. Not one of the better show experiences at the Kravis.

3.0 star rating Marcie from Salt Lake City. from Salt Lake City, Utah


I love this play and have seen it before on Broadway. Disappointed in Evan. Just didn't have the musical chops. I do love the story with such an incredible message but this production was meh.

2.0 star rating Dr. Judy S. from San Diego, California


I just saw the show in San Diego. The acoustics were so poor that at best one could understand 60% of the words. In addition, the music was loud enough to drown out the voices. The actors talked so fast that there was little chance to understand what they were saying (or singing). Friends who have seen this play in NYC or London loved it. I think the venue, and possibly the elocution of the touring cast, really does a disservice to this play.

2.0 star rating Disappointed in Charm City from Baltimore, Maryland


Sound wasn’t the best and at times I couldn’t understand the actors. Music was good but the story was just meh. I didn’t connect with the play and did not feel moved once.

2.0 star rating Karen B. from Detroit, Michigan


I attended the performance at the Detroit Fisher Theatre. I had a seat on the mezzanine level and it was a good seat. I have to say, I was disappointed. The performers were mediocre at best. I really felt like they were just going through the motions. There was no emotional impact or connection. The theater itself is beautiful, so I enjoyed being there and everyone who worked there was efficient and polite. As a disabled guest, though, I was disappointed to find that there were no handicapped accessible bathroom stalls on the mezzanine level. There was a long line for the bathroom during intermission and the performance began again before most of the women were out of the line, including me. I ended up leaving at intermission because they would not let me go back to my seat and I was just done with everything by that point. I found out later there is a handicapped accessible bathroom in the foyer of the building.

1.0 star rating Michael from San Francisco, California


Why would anyone produce a musical about a person with mental health problems making implausible decisions without a hint of ethics? And a supporting cast of people having deeply superficial reactions to the death of a person they barely knew? Initially I was baffled, and by the intermission I was actively pissed off. Adding to the cringeworthy story are uninspired songs that really don't convey the emotional message the production seems to think they do. Don't waste your money on a ticket to this show.


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Dear Evan Hansen beautifully explores the search for love, dealing with grief, loneliness, and self-exploration while being surrounded by digital noise. We may have mastered worldwide connectivity but have we begun to conquer the power of communication?

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