Dear Evan Hansen
“As the title character in Dear Evan Hansen, the marvelous young actor Ben Platt is giving a performance that’s not likely to be bettered on Broadway this season. What’s more, this gorgeous heartbreaker of a musical has grown in emotional potency during its journey to the big leagues, after first being produced in Washington and Off Broadway. Rarely – scratch that — never have I heard so many stifled sobs and sniffles in the theater. But Dear Evan Hansen is anything but a downer; the feelings it stirs are cathartic expressions of a healthy compassion for Evan’s efforts to do good, and his anguish that he may be causing more trouble than he can cure.
The musical is ideal for families looking for something yeastier and more complex than the usual sugary diversions. But then it should also appeal to just about anyone who has ever felt, at some point in life, that he or she was trapped “on the outside looking in,” as one lyric has it. Which is just about everybody with a beating heart.” The New York Times
“Historic” is an adjective I’ve rarely used to describe a performance, but a review that does not invoke it for Ben Platt’s incandescent turn in the ravishingly bittersweet Dear Evan Hansen would be doing it less than justice.” – Washington Post
“The current theater season is only about halfway over. No matter. It's still a sure bet that when it comes to thrilling and unforgettable moments few will rival the one that comes 15 minutes into the dazzling Dear Evan Hansen. Yes, that special. It’s when Ben Platt, who plays the title character in this pop-rock musical, performs “Waving Through a Window.” It’s a great song, and sets up the entire show. But it’s more than that. The scene opens a window to a Broadway star being born. – New York Daily News
“Leaving a new musical with a great song or two running through your head is a rare but exciting thing. Leaving with about 10 great songs running through your head is pretty much unheard of. But that's the power of Dear Evan Hansen.” Entertainment Weekly
The critics have been writing love letters to Dear Evan Hansen since its world premiere at Arena Stage in Washington last fall. Now, Evan is moving to Broadway after an extended sold-out run Off Broadway.
Who is Evan Hansen? All his life, Evan has felt invisible. To his peers, to the girl he loves, sometimes even to his own mother. But that was before he wrote the letter — that led to the incident— that started the lie — that ignited a movement – that inspired a community — and changed Evan's status from the ultimate outsider into the somebody everyone wants to know. But how long can Evan keep his secret? And at what price? So unfolds an extraordinary musical about connections lost and found, as two families seek answers to some of the hardest questions life could ever ask them. This smart, contemporary and sophisticated musical deals with hope, heartache and the things we can’t live without----friends, family and a sense of belonging.
Ben Platt, acclaimed for his sensational performance as Elder Cunningham in The Book of Mormon is the “beating heart of the show in an achingly felt performance as Evan”, the lonely kid looking to survive in the modern world. Well known for starring as the lovable dork, Benji Applebaum in the smash hit movie Pitch Perfect, he was recently seen alongside Meryl Streep in the film Ricki and the Flash.
If you see only one show this season with your teen children and grandchildren, this should be it. You will be talking about it all the way home and for days to come. We can guarantee Evan will be anything but invisible at the 2017 Tonys.
Wednesday, October 11 @ $409.00
Wednesday, December 6 @ $409.00 (Sold Out)
Wednesday, December 6 @ $405.00 (Second bus added. Orchestra and Front Mezzanine)
Wednesday, December 13 @ $423.00 (1 available)
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Departing at 7:00 am on Saturdays and 6:30am on Saturdays in December and all Wednesdays. (See our Directions page for a map and detailed driving directions.) Diversions’ guides serve a selection of fruit juices, yogurt, muffins, bagels with assorted cheeses, chocolate apricots, coffee, tea and more. En route, you will hear background information on theater, art, cultural events and restaurants in Manhattan. Around 10:15am, our coach stops at Saks Fifth Avenue, next at 57th and Madison and then at the Metropolitan Museum of Art at 5th Ave. and 80th St. You are free to enjoy the sights and sounds of the city until the 2:00pm matinee. At approximately 5pm, the coach picks you up at a designated theater. On the return to Baltimore, we serve an open bar, hors d’oeuvres and a Zabar’s dinner accompanied by a compelling video. We estimate an 8:30pm arrival at home.