Dear Evan Hansen Returns to DC With a Kennedy Center Debut This August

Jennifer Barger | July 24, 2019 | Lifestyle


After making its world premiere at Arena Stage in July 2015, Tony Award-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen returns to the District Aug. 6 to Sept. 8 at The Kennedy Center. Here, we raise the curtain on the Broadway smash about teenagers, their families and fitting in. Tickets $79-$175, memberships $75-$50,000, Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F St. NW,

2.8 Million
By the end of 2019, that’s roughly how many people will have seen the show.

It’s the number of mental health nonprofits partnering with current productions of the musical.

New star Ben Levi Ross has played the title role as an understudy on Broadway twice. Still, for this first U.S. tour, Ross says, “we built this company and show on our own. We threw everything we knew out the window. If you saw one of the earlier productions, you don’t need to have a preconceived idea of what you’ll be getting.”

In 2017, the show scooped up a half-dozen Tonys, including one for best musical.

The arm cast and polo shirt are the only items that are being inducted into the Smithsonian from the original Broadway production. They are expected to be a part of a 2020 exhibit on entertainment at the National Museum of American History.

It’s the total amount of arm-cast props used in the show worldwide in 2019.

This first U.S. tour of DEH stops in more than 20 cities.


Photography by: Matthew Murphy