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Acclaimed New Musical 'Dear Evan Hansen' Transferring to Broadway



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    The acclaimed new original musical "Dear Evan Hansen" is heading for the big stage.

    The production, which concludes its run at Off Broadway's Second Stage Theatre on Sunday, will open on Broadway this November, in a Shubert theater-to-be-announced.

    Featuring a score by NBC's "Smash" composers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul — who also composed the Tony-nominated "Christmas Story" musical — "Dear Evan Hansen" tells the story of an anxious high school senior with low self-esteem who makes some shocking choices on the path to fit in.

    The book comes from newcomer Steven Levenson. Michael Greif, the teen observer behind "Rent" and "Next to Normal," directs.

    While no casting has been announced yet, "Pitch Perfect" star Ben Platt is expected to transfer in the title role. The 22-year-old actor, who made his Broadway debut in "The Book of Mormon," has been with the show since its first reading and world premiere last summer at Washington, DC's Arena Stage.

    "Dear Evan Hansen" has also been cleaning up in the major awards categories Off Broadway this season, taking home the tops honors at the Helen Hayes Awards, Outer Critics Circle Awards, and Obie Awards. 

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