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What Did The Critic's Think Of The National Tour Of Dear Evan Hansen?
News Desk October 23rd, 2018
Live on tour!
Dear Evan Hansen's first national tour is now in full swing. Kicking off in Denver back in September, what did the critic's think when the musical hit Los Angele's Ahmanson Theatre?
Entertainment Weekly said 'This is a show stuffed with so much beauty' continuing with 'Phoebe Koyabe maybe does the best work I’ve seen yet as Alana Beck', and finishing with 'It gets right at the heart'.
The Hollywood Reporter praised star of the show Ben Levi Ross saying, 'Stepping into Platt's impossible-to-fill shoes is promising newcomer Ben Levi Ross...who has his own deft take on the role'. The Hollywood Reporter continues to praise other cast members Phoebe Koyabe and Jared Goldsmith saying 'Another newcomer making a terrific debut is Phoebe Koyabe as Alana Beck' and ' Jared Kleinman, stands out as the rapid-fire deliverer of comic bits about back-dated emails and the meaning of 'family friend''.
LA Dance Chronicle concluded their positive review with 'Dear Evan Hansen provides the perfect opportunity for audiences of all ages to put down their smartphones, reconnect, and rediscover themselves through live theater'.
What is Dear Evan Hansen about?
Dear Evan Hansen is a cautionary tale about how a lie can spread across a community long before the truth even has a look in. The eponymous Evan of the story is an anxiety-ridden high school misfit who is desperate for any form of recognition from his peers. So much so, that when his classmate Connor commits suicide after suffering depression, a mysterious suicide note appears in the weeks after, seemingly addressed to Evan.
Now infamous by association with the dead teen, Evan finally gains the spotlight that he craves. However, with a traumatized local community, not to mention his family, starts begging Evan for more clues about Connor's state of mind, Evan's world starts to unravel with frightening speed. With Connor's parents and sister Zoe (who just happens to be Evan's crush) finding solace in the note, it isn't long before the powers of social media start to question its validity, and Evan's own motives.