Why Dear Evan Hansen Resonates With Audiences of All Ages

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High school is one of the unique time stamps of our lives that forms and shapes us in so many ways.

I think that one common thread that everyone shares whether we loved, hated or somewhere in between our experience in high school is that we were wrestling with the questions of who we are and where we belong…and we can still struggle with those questions even after high school.

I think that’s why Dear Evan Hansen has struck a chord with audiences of all ages.

Even though the story is told today with social media and technology as a non-negotiable part of our lives, older audiences are immediately taken back to their own high school experiences and vulnerability.

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Ben Levi Ross as ‘Evan Hansen’ and the Company of the First North American Tour of Dear Evan Hansen. Photo by Matthew Murphy

What is Dear Evan Hansen About?

All his life, Evan Hansen has felt invisible. But when a tragedy thrusts him into the center of a rapidly evolving controversy, he is given the opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to be somebody else.

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. Dear Evan Hansen is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it.

Awards and Reviews

You will fall in love with the cast and the music that stays in your head in a good way long after the show ends

Dear Evan Hansen has received The Tony® and Grammy® Award for Best Musical.

Dear Evan Hansen has struck a chord with audiences and critics everywhere, including The Washington Post who says Dear Evan Hansen is, “one of the most remarkable shows in musical theatre history.”

The New York Times calls it “a gut-punching, breathtaking knockout of a musical.” And NBC Nightly News declares the musical, “an anthem resonating on Broadway and beyond.”

Dear Evan Hansen features a book by Tony Award winner Steven Levenson, a score by Grammy, Tony, and Academy Award winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land, The Greatest Showman), and direction by four-time Tony Award nominee Michael Greif (Rent, Next to Normal).

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Ben Levi Ross as ‘Evan Hansen,’ Aaron Lazar as ‘Larry Murphy,’ Christiane Noll as ‘Cynthia Murphy’ and Maggie McKenna as ‘Zoe Murphy’ in the First North American Tour of Dear Evan Hansen. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

Dear Evan Hansen will play the Aronoff Center from April 30–May 12, 2019

Performance Schedule

Tuesday–Thursday at 7:30PM
Friday at 8:00PM
Saturday at 2:00PM and 8:00PM
Sunday at 1:00PM and 6:30PM

How to get tickets for Dear Evan Hansen

Tickets start at $35 and will be available at the Aronoff Center Box Office downtown at 650 Walnut Street, online at or by phone at 513.621.ARTS.

There is a lottery offering a limited number of $25 tickets for each show.

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Dear Evan Hansen is an extremely popular show but there are still a few tickets available for most performances and a few seats continue to be released. Make sure that you are checking regularly at

For groups of 15 or more, contact the group sales department at 513.369.4363.

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After you watch Dear Evan Hansen, you get it.

You understand why this show touches so many so deeply with music that has become an anthem for anyone who has felt unheard or a little lost at times….which is all of us and the desire to be found.
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Age Recommendations for the Show

Dear Evan Hansen is recommended for ages 12+. The show contains some strong language and deals with serious and sensitive issues including mental health, suicide, the influence of social media, and parent-child communication.

As a parent of teenagers who go to public school, the language isn’t anything that they haven’t heard before and I think that this play has an important message and creates a great opportunity to start or continue some important conversations with your child.

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Disclosure: I received media tickets for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

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