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Dear Evan Hansen Reviews

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Average customer review: 3.5 star rating (3.5 Stars)

Number of reviews: 13

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2.0 star rating 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.

5.0 star rating 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.

4.0 star rating 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.

3.0 star rating 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.

5.0 star rating 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.

5.0 star rating 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.

1.0 star rating Steve M. from Toronto, Ontario

STUPID STORY

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.

5.0 star rating Tammy Stevens from Toronto, Ontario

VERY WELL DONE ON A SENSITIVE ISSUE.

I saw this play last Sat. It had comical moments to share (Alassandro Castellani was spot on!), instrmental to impress (props to the strings and keyboard), and music to enjoy as well as to set the tone. This play takes on an increasing growing issue with respect. The sensitivity of the issue was felt from from front seats to the back of the theatre. It leaves you with conversation to take home, to school, or to work. Bravo!

5.0 star rating Katie from Toronto, Ontario

AMAZING

Saw the show last night, brought me to tears. I have been following this show since practically the beginning and I was skeptical about the cast but boy was I wrong. Evan was played amazing as well as Zoe and the rest of the cast. Most people find this show's flaws to out way the good but I feel the exact opposite, when I left the theater I was smiling through tears from this amazingly beautiful piece of art I had witnessed. So please go see this show if you have the chance you won't regret it.

3.0 star rating Lynn from Toronto, Ontario

LIKE AN EPISODE OF "GLEE"

This show didn't live up to the hype, I'm afraid. Cast are all very good but story is implausible, and I found it impossible to connect to any of the characters except for Connor, who I wanted to hear from more. The whole thIn was like an apisode from the series "Glee." Geared more to a teenage audience. A bit of a disappointment for us. We keep saying, "How on earth did this beat out Come From Away for the Tony award?"

2.0 star rating Celina from Toronto, Ontario

DEAR EVAN HANSEN

I felt that this show was too long and drawn out. I could not connect with the characters. The acting was OK, but the singing from the cast was weak, especially from Evan (Wed matinee).

4.0 star rating JMS from Toronto, Ontario

AMAZING

Very strong performances, Wednesday. Mat. Evan and Heidi Hanson were superb. Storyline is the present. This is the way growing up is today. This production has great emotion’ and feeling Staging is top notch. Deserved to win The Tony Parents and teens 14 and over should see ‘tis play.

2.0 star rating L. Persaud from Toronto, Ontario

DISAPPOINTED

Found the play to be boring and couldn't wait for it to be over. Ended up leaving at intermission. Disappointed that it was so hyped in the ads - sorry but it was a waste of money for us.

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