We chat to the star behind music and lyrics as the hit musical prepares to transfer.
The Tony Award-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen will open at the Noël Coward Theatre next autumn, reuniting the original creative team behind the Broadway hit.
Dear Evan Hansen tells the story of anxiety-ridden teenager Evan, whose lies spin out of control and put him in the digital spotlight following the death of one of his classmates.
When a letter that was never meant to be seen places him at the centre of a media storm, high schooler Evan is given the chance to get the one thing he’s always wanted: to finally fit in. Both deeply personal and profoundly contemporary, Dear Evan Hansen is a new musical about life and the way we live it.
The West End production will reunite the creatives behind the Broadway original and will feature scenic design by David Korins, projection design by Peter Nigrini, costume design by Emily Rebholz, lighting design by Japhy Weideman, sound design by Nevin Steinberg and hair design by David Brian Brown.
Music supervision, orchestrations and additional arrangements are by Alex Lacamoire, Ben Cohn is the Associate Music Supervisor, Vocal arrangements and additional arrangements are by Justin Paul and choreography is by Danny Mefford.
The Broadway production of Dear Evan Hansen opened at the Music Box Theatre on 4 December 2016, where it has broken all box office records. A US national tour launches in October 2018, and a production will open in March 2019 at Toronto’s Royal Alexandra Theatre.
Directed by Michael Greif and winner of six Tony awards including Best Musical, as well as the 2018 Grammy award for Best Musical Theatre Album, Dear Evan Hansen features book by Tony award-winner Steven Levenson and a score by Tony, Grammy and Academy Award-winning composers Benj Pasek & Justin Paul – the score includes the tracks Waving Through a Window, For Forever, You Will Be Found and Words Fail.
Producer Stacey Mindich said: “Producing Dear Evan Hansen in America has been a joyful undertaking as the team and I have seen such a widespread and heartfelt response to our show’s message. We are so excited to bring our show to London, especially to Cameron Mackintosh’s jewel box of a theatre, the Noël Coward. Our show is very much about connection and we are all looking forward to connecting London audiences to the music and story of Dear Evan Hansen.”
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