Dear Evan Hansen Reviews
Russ from Toronto, Ontario
DEAR EVAN HANSEN
Great acting but I was not prepared for a storyline of teenage suicide. I personally like upbeat stories and leaving the theatre with a smile on my face. This was depressing, some people in tears and left you leaving the theatre pretty down. Not my cup of tea. I wish the media had discussed the story line better. I went because of the marketing of a smash hit, a Tony Awrd Winner but this content not for everyone. If you are looking to leave the theatre happy and smiling, this is not the show.
Jordyn Fitzgerald from Sudbury, Ontario
AMAZING CAST & STORY!!
I'm blown away by this show. The themes of connection and wanting to belong and be seen so badly in a tech-saturated world resonated deeply. Thank you to the cast for being so damn talented and sharing your gifts with Toronto.
Julie from Ottawa, Ontario
DEAR EVAN HANSEN
Overall I enjoyed the show. I had a hard time in the beginning believing that Evan was a real person, I felt that the actor's delivery of the lines came across as just that, lines. The actor was better in the second half and was more of a real person to me than a character. This could be in part that perhaps I placed too many expectations on the show. I try not to do that but sometimes it happens. The other characters, from the get go, I felt were real people. The depressing nature and raw emotion was nice to see as its not something you usually see on stage. You want a show to make you think and feel and that's what this show did. That's my opinion. Great voice from the lead and amazing singing from all. I would probably see it again.
Criss Cross from Toronto, Ontario
GREAT PRODUCTION BUT NOT THERE YET
I saw it in the second week - full price previews. The staging was lovely and the string/keyboard ensemble was superb. The cast is small, about 10, with no chorus. There is no dance. The story is difficult to present, especially for the single lead playing Evan who is always on stage. The singing and mannerisms of the character are a challenge and the person (evening cast) is a good singer but lacked the range and subtle acting skill needed to bring this to the level of the original. The supporting cast had some very good and some weak members. There were occasional lost lines. This is not an experienced and credible road show version - yet. The story is about redemption, which is what the show needs too.
Pat Filice from Hamilton, Ontario
BRILLIANT CANADIAN CAST DOES JUSTICE TO THIS TONY AWARD WINNING MUSICAL
I bought my tickets for opening night of Dear Evan Hansen in Toronto as soon as they went on sale and anxiously awaited it's arrival for months. I didn't have the pleasure of watching the Broadway production with Ben Platt live, but I did watch a lot of the videos available on YouTube with him playing the lead role and I was a bit anxious about whether the Toronto show and cast could measure up. I was there for opening night on March 5 and can honestly say that this production not only exceeded expectations, but literally blew me away. I thought Robert Markus was absolutely brilliant, believable and vocally blew it out of the water. Jessica Sherman was nothing short of brilliant in her performance of Heidi Hansen and had me balling in So Big/So Small. I'll be going to see this a few more times before it leaves for good.
Jen Bigs from Rochester, New York
DEEPLY MOVING, WONDERFUL, TALENTED CAST!
This was an amazing show! My daughter and I have been listening to the soundtrack for years now and to finally see this play in person was incredible. The talent of this cast and their ability to bring to life such a profound story...it just blew us both away! Both my daughter who is 18 and myself were so moved and felt connected to this story for so many reasons. I highly recommend seeing this play. Although, I saw children in the theater, I would not recommend for children. The show has mature themes and strong language.
Steve M. from Toronto, Ontario
Story is really stupid and the lyrics are even dumber. You want cliches, this one has them all. I wanted to stand up and scream kill yourself at the main character, not because of some good acting but because I just wanted the stupid play to end. I can't figure out what people find endearing in this play. My wife says that people see their own tragedies in it, and I think, yeh right it's all the stupid cliches pulling at the heart strings for no real reason. Other than the great band it was a waste of time. If you don't consider yourself a loser that can connect with these other losers, don't go.
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