Dear Evan Hansen, the heartbreaking musical about an uneasy teenager who tells a terrible lie, will hit Broadway in September, five years after winning the Tony Award for Best New Musical.
The show opened to huge acclaim and was a big hit, but was dealt a double blow by the coronavirus pandemic and a poorly received film adaptation, and has been soft at the box office in recent months.
The show’s lead producer, Stacey Mindich, had already announced that she planned to close production in London in October. A North American tour sells well and continues.
The Broadway production, which began performances on November 14, 2016 and opened on December 4, 2016, is now closing on September 18. At the time of its closing, 21 preview performances and 1,678 regular performances have been played.
Directed by Michael Greif, “Dear Evan Hansen” began life on the Arena Stage in Washington, then had an Off Broadway run on Second Stage before moving to Broadway. It won six Tony Awards, including for the score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the book by Steven Levenson, and two of its performers: Ben Platt, who played the title character, and Rachel Bay Jones, who played his mother.
Not only did the show win Best Musical Tony, but the London production also won the Olivier Award for Best New Musical, and the cast album won a Grammy.
The show, which long ago recouped its capitalization costs and became profitable, regularly grossed more than $1 million a week before closing Broadway in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. A film adaptation was released in 2021 that has been the subject of considerable online ridicule; It’s not clear how that affected the stage release, but prices have been unstable and sliding since the show resumed performances last December. The show grossed $588,371 during the week ending May 29.