Dear Evan Hansen in London: Why you need to see this musical in the West End

By | Posted on 04-Apr-2019

Dear Evan Hansen in London: Why you need to see this musical in the West End

DEAR EVAN HANSEN is an uplifting musical with an original score by Academy Award-winning songwriters Benj Pasek & Justin Paul (The Greatest Showman, La La Land). With tickets now on sale for the West End premiere, read all about the musical’s journey to Broadway and why you’ll need to see DEAR EVAN HANSEN in London as soon as possible.

How to see DEAR EVAN HANSEN in London

Was DEAR EVAN HANSEN successful on Broadway?

Based on Benj Pasek’s experiences of dealing with situations while attending Friends’ Central School in Pennsylvania, Pasek worked with university flatmate turned songwriting partner to write original music and lyrics for DEAR EVAN HANSEN. After developing, workshopping and rehearsed readings of the musical, the show had its world premiere at the Arena Stage in Washington DC on 10th July 2015. The heartfelt and uplifting musical had an initial run of just six weeks in 2015 before a worked-upon production later transferred to New York, receiving its off-Broadway premiere at the Second Stage Theater on 26th March 2016. Building up momentum and attracting larger crowds, the musical played off-Broadway for eight weeks, before the Broadway premiere at the Music Box Theatre took place on 14th November 2016, where the production has remained on Broadway ever since.

Original cast members reprised their roles in the show’s development from rehearsed reading to the Broadway production: Ben Platt as Evan Hansen, Rachel Bay Jones as Heidi Hansen, Laura Dreyfuss as Zoe Murphy, Jennifer Laura Thompson as Cynthia Murphy and Mike Faist as Connor Murphy. With theatregoers wanting to see the original cast of DEAR EVAN HANSEN, it is unsurprising that the musical was an instant success on the Great White Way. The musical won six Tony Awards at the 2017 ceremony, including best musical, best book of a musical and best original score, with performances on Broadway continuing to play to full capacity two years after its official opening.

What is the story of DEAR EVAN HANSEN?

West End production, photo credit: Matthew Murphy

“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. Follow the teenager in a story where he grows with those around him, forming deep connections with his friends and a deeper understanding of the wider world, in this deeply personal and contemporary musical.”

Who is starring in DEAR EVAN HANSEN?

Sam Tutty will make his West End debut as Evan Hansen, previously making his professional stage debut in a production of Once On This Island at Southwark Playhouse. Lucy Anderson will also make her West End debut as Zoe Murphy.

Rebecca McKinnis will star as Heidi Hansen, previously starring in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie as Margaret New. Doug Colling will play Connor Murphy, Lauren Ward will play Cynthia Murphy and Rupert Young will star as Larry Murphy.

The cast is completed by Marcus Harman (as alternate Evan Hansen), Jack Loxton (as Jared), Nicole Raquel Dennis (as Alana), Tricia Adele-Turner, David Breeds, Haydn Cox, Natalie Kassanga, Hannah Lindsey, Mark Peachey, Courtney Stapleton, Alex Thomas-Smith and James Winter.

Can I listen to the DEAR EVAN HANSEN soundtrack?

The original Broadway cast recording was released on 3rd February 2017, reaching the top ten in the American music charts. The DEAR EVAN HANSEN soundtrack was later awarded best musical theatre album at the 2018 Grammy Awards, earning Benj Pasek & Justin Paul their first Grammy Award.

WestE nd production, photo credit: Matthew Murphy

On 26th September 2018, a deluxe edition of the soundtrack was released, featuring additional songs that were originally cut from the show. Katy Perry also sang a cover version of “Waving Through a Window” originally performed by Evan during the production to further promote the show and its national tour.

What West End theatre is DEAR EVAN HANSEN playing at?

DEAR EVAN HANSEN will play at the Noel Coward Theatre, located on St Martin’s Lane (WC2N 4AU). The closest train station is Charing Cross, which is a 4-minute walk away. Piccadilly and Northern Line underground services are available from Leicester Square tube station, just a short walk away.

The Noël Coward Theatre opened in 1903 as the New Theatre, with twentieth-century acting greats taking to its stage including Laurence Olivier and John Gielgud. West End premieres have a history of long runs at the theatre, including Oliver! which ran for over seven years and was one of the longest-running musicals of its time. The Noël Coward Theatre has a seating capacity of 872, with its intimate West End performance space making it the ideal location for the West End premiere of DEAR EVAN HANSEN.