Buffalo, NY (September 7, 2017) - Producer Stacey Mindich is pleased to announce that the first national touring production of this year's Best Musical Tony Award-winner Dear Evan Hansen will launch in October 2018 at Denver's Center for the Performing Arts. The tour will go on to play more than 50 cities over a two-year period, including Buffalo, NY (Shea's Performing Arts Center), Charlotte, NC (Blumenthal Performing Arts), Chicago, IL (Broadway In Chicago), Los Angeles, CA (Center Theatre Group), and many more as part of the 2018-2019 season.
"I was so moved by Dear Evan Hansen the first time I saw it I not only knew our audiences in Buffalo would embrace its celebratory message of acceptance, but I also knew I wanted to support Evan Hansen's journey as a co-producer of the show on Broadway," said Albert Nocciolino, President & CEO of NAC Entertainment and Co-presenter at Shea's Performing Arts Center in Buffalo, NY. "It's been an honor to be a part of the journey and see firsthand how the show provides hope to many."
"Dear Evan Hansen is a riveting story with beautiful music and a powerful message that has never been more relevant," said Shea's President Michael Murphy. "Given its acclaim and success on Broadway, we have often been asked if there are plans to bring it to Buffalo. We are proud to announce that Dear Evan Hansen will be coming to Shea's Performing Arts Center."
"Nearly every day someone asks me if Dear Evan Hansen is going on tour and if it will be coming to Charlotte," said Tom Gabbard, President of Blumenthal Performing Arts in Charlotte, NC. "This show has uniquely touched the hearts of people in communities like ours thanks to its outstanding social media presence and its timely message that you are not alone. We couldn't be more thrilled to host the show in our theatre and community."
"I fell in love with Dear Evan Hansen, the moment I experienced it, I truly connected with its emotional core and love that it reaches so many people of all ages," Eileen LaCario, Vice President of Broadway In Chicago said. "Broadway In Chicago couldn't be happier to share such a remarkable musical with all of Chicago. Since it has opened on Broadway, people have called and requested that it be added to our schedule and we are thrilled to be able to announce that it is for sure coming to Chicago and that this not-to-be-missed show is worth the wait."
Los Angeles' Center Theatre Group Producing Director Douglas C. Baker added: "All of us at Center Theatre Group are thrilled to bring Dear Evan Hansen to Ahmanson Theatre audiences. It's that rare musical that is not only deeply moving and emotional but also entertaining, enlightening and delightful. Truly an unforgettable experience."
Casting, ticket information, and additional cities and tour dates will be announced at a later date.
About Dear Evan Hansen
Declared “One of the most remarkable shows in musical theater history” by the Washington Post’s Peter Marks, Dear Evan Hansen opened at the Music Box Theatre to rave reviews on December 4, 2016, where it’s broken all box office records and has struck a chord with critics and audiences alike.
In addition to winning six Tony awards, Dear Evan Hansen has won numerous other awards, including the 2017 Drama League Award for Outstanding Musical Production and for the off-Broadway production, two Obie Awards, a Drama Desk Award, and two Outer Critics Circle Awards and two Helen Hayes Awards.
"A GORGEOUS MUSICAL FOR ANYONE WITH A BEATING HEART." - The New York Times
"DEAR EVAN HANSEN, THANKS FOR FINDING US. WE'VE BEEN WAITING FOR A MUSICAL LIKE YOU." - TIME Magazine