Cast Announced for Dear Evan Hansen!


Ben Platt to Star in NY Premiere of New Musical Dear Evan Hansen

By Olivia Clement
02 Feb 2016

Second Stage Theatre has announced complete casting for the New York premiere of Dear Evan Hansen by Benj Pasek, Justin Paul and Steven Levenson. Reprising his leading role from the acclaimed D.C. production will be Ben Platt (“Pitch Perfect”).

Also reprising their performances from the Arena Stage debut will be Laura Dreyfuss, Mike Faist, Rachel Bay Jones, Will Roland and Jennifer Laura Thompson. New cast members John Dossett and Kristolyn Lloyd will complete the Off-Broadway company. Second Stage is presenting the new work in association with Stacey Mindich Productions.

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Laura Dreyfuss as Zoe and Ben Platt as Evan
Photo by Margot Schulman

Performances are set to begin March 26 with an official opening night scheduled for May 1 at the Tony Kiser Theatre.

Sparked by a real-life death at Pasek’s high school more than a decade ago, Dear Evan Hansen follows one student’s struggle for identity amidst the ensuing chaos. The musical features music and lyrics by the Tony and Emmy-nominated composing team of Pasek and Paul (Dogfight), a book by Levenson (“Masters of Sex”), choreography by Danny Mefford (Fun Home) and direction by three-time Tony nominee Michael Greif (Rent, If/Then).

Scenic design will be by David Korins with costume design by Emily Rebholz, lighting design by Japhy Weideman, sound design by Nevin Steinberg and projection design by Peter Nigrini. The musical director is Ben Cohn, and the music supervisor is Alex Lacamoire.

Single tickets will go on sale to the general public Feb. 3 at noon by visiting, calling the box office at (212) 246-4422 or visiting the Tony Kiser Theatre, located at 305 West 43rd St. The first 50 ticket buyers at the Second Stage Theatre box office will receive a complimentary Dear Evan Hansen T-shirt.

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