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.
Both deeply personal and profoundly contemporary, Dear Evan Hansen is a new American musical about life and the way we live it.
Hailed by critics and audiences alike, this bold new musical moved Peter Marks of The Washington Post to declare it: “A heart-piercing trip to the place that musical theater can sometimes take us to.”And Charles Isherwood of The New York Times to call it: “A fresh, vibrant musical that opens the heart and the mind.”
Dear Evan Hansen, which pairs the three time Tony Award® nominated director Michael Greif (Rent, Next to Normal, Grey Gardens) with the Tony-nominated composing team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (A Christmas Story, Dogfight, NBC’s Smash) and award-winning playwright Steven Levenson (Showtime’s Masters of Sex) now takes the next step on its remarkable journey: Broadway.
Broadway’s Mike Faist has been a part of the groundbreaking musical Dear Evan Hansen since its inception and has been savoring the journey that has led to Broadway. Making its debut on the Great White Way in December 2016, Dear Evan Hansen, written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul with a book by Steven Levenson, explores teenagers’ feelings of loneliness and isolation in the age of social media. Evan is a shy young man who struggles to connect with others and finds himself in the middle of a tragic situation, when his classmate, Connor Murphy (played by Faist), commits suicide, and a despairing letter Evan wrote to himself is mistaken for Connor’s suicide note. The musical examines how these characters view themselves and their place in society and proves that they are more similar than they think — offering the hope that none of us are truly alone. StageBuddy had the chance to catch up with Faist about his journey with the production, his character, and Dear Evan Hansen’s profound impact. You’ve been a part of Dear Evan Hansen since the beginning. What have these past few months on Broadway meant to you? Finally seeing this show come into fruition, in the way that it has – it’s been …Read more