by Annabelle Tang
“Dear Evan Hansen”’s Tony-winning star, Ben Platt, is set to leave the show on November 19, 2017. Platt has been with Dear Evan Hansen since it 2016 along with the original cast members Laura Dreyfuss, Rachel Bay Jones, Jennifer Laura Thompson, Mike Faist, Michael Park, Kristolyn Lloyd, and Will Roland. This is not the last time we will be seeing Platt though. He will not be returning to Broadway, but he will be making a guest appearance on the Will & Grace revival on NBC in September.
Until we have to wish Ben Platt, “Happy trails” and he takes his Broadway bow in November, “Dear Evan Hansen” will be shown at the Music Box Theatre on Broadway, NYC. When we eventually do have to bid him goodbye, Noah Galvin will be taking over. Galvin, who had previously appeared on the ABC sitcom, “The Real O’Neals” as Kenny O’Neal, will perform as Evan from November 21 through January of 2018.
The next talented actor to assume the title role will be Taylor Trensch, after his March 2017 to January 2018 run in “Hello Dolly!”
“Evan is such a complex and rewarding role, and I can’t wait to see Noah and Taylor make it their own,” the director of Dear Evan Hansen, Michael Greif, had said of the two. “Nothing excites me more than working with young talent, and both young men are incredibly skilled and surprising performers.”
Most of the rest of the original cast have extended their contracts with “Dear Evan Hansen”. They will continue until the end of May 2018. The original cast including Laura Dreyfuss as Zoe Murphy, Rachel Bay Jones as Heidi Hansen, Jennifer Laura Thompson as Cynthia Murphy, Mike Faist as Connor Murphy, Michael Park as Larry Murphy, and Will Roland as Jared Kleinman. Those six will remain with “Dear Evan Hansen,” but Kristolyn Lloyd, who portrays Alana Beck on the show, will depart in March of next year.