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Review: SISTER ACT at Theatre Memphis
by Kevin Shaw - Aug 24, 2023

What did our critic think of SISTER ACT at Theatre Memphis? For those of an older generation, did you ever look back at sitcoms from the 1970’s and wish they were set to music? Did you ever wish Fred Sanford (from “Sanford and Son”) or Squiggy (from “Laverne and Shirley) broke out into song to better share their deeper wants and desires?

Broadway Veteran John Hemphill to Return to The Conservatory for the Performing Arts at Stephens College
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 31, 2023

The Conservatory at Stephens College will welcome back Broadway veteran and Assistant Professor of Acting, John Hemphill, this fall. John recently completed two years playing 'Larry Murphy' on the national tour of Dear Evan Hansen.

JERSEY BOYS Comes to Playhouse on the Square in June
by Stephi Wild - May 24, 2023

Oh, what a night! The Broadway smash hit, chronicling the rise and eventual breakup of the legendary doo-wop group Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, makes its Regional Premiere in the Bluff City! Featuring chart-toppers like “Sherry,” “Beggin,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” and “Walk Like a Man.” Jersey Boys is an exciting walk down memory lane of the Golden Era of American Music.

Review: DEAR EVAN HANSEN at Connor Palace
by Roy Berko - May 17, 2023

Dear Evan Hansen at Connor Palace is a top-ranking musical drama that highlights social anxiety, suicide, family angst, and teenage drug addiction. Based on real-life incidents, it explores the complexities of mental health and societal investigation. With a pop-contemporary musical theatre sound, it is a must-see musical for those interested in boundary-pushing storytelling.

Review: DEAR EVAN HANSEN at Washington Pavilion
by Sonja Niles - Apr 19, 2023

What did our critic think of DEAR EVAN HANSEN at Washington Pavilion? The touring production of DEAR EVAN HANSEN opened on Thursday, April 18th in the Mary Sommervold Hall at the Washington Pavilion with the preshow sounds of social media alerts and a visual array of platforms streaming via projections on a stage with 25 foot panels that also moved throughout the show to create the scenes of this complicated, emotional story of a young man caught up in a heartbreaking lie.

DEAR EVAN HANSEN Comes To Playhouse Square in May
by Stephi Wild - Apr 7, 2023

 Dear Evan Hansen producer Stacey Mindich has announced complete casting for year four of the Tony Award-winning musical's critically-acclaimed, record-breaking North American Tour. 

Review: THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG at Theatre Memphis
by Kevin Shaw - Mar 15, 2023

What did our critic think of THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG at Theatre Memphis?

Review: DEAR EVAN HANSEN at Paramount Theater
by Kelly Rogers Flynt - Mar 9, 2023

Powerful, touching, and painfully relevant, DEAR EVAN HANSEN sweeps into Seattle for another run. With haunting melodies, a tight cast, and a modern digital set, the show continues to be the right story at the right time. The messages of love and loss, lies and misunderstanding, and of loneliness and connection are even more poignant for our post-pandemic world. It is a night of theater that reminds us of what really matters and that we are all in this together.What did our critic think of DEAR EVAN HANSEN at Paramount Theater?

Review: DEAR EVAN HANSEN at the Eccles Theater is Filled with Palpable Emotion
by Tyler Hinton - Mar 1, 2023

The last time the national tour of DEAR EVAN HANSEN played at the Eccles Theater, in March 2020, its run was cut short as the world shut down due to coronavirus. Now it's back for those who missed it and the lucky ones who get a second viewing. Filled with emotion that's almost palpable, the musical provides an experience that is deeply moving.

Full Cast Announced For DEAR EVAN HANSEN At Popejoy Hall
by A.A. Cristi - Feb 21, 2023

Complete casting for year four of the Tony Award-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen's critically-acclaimed, record-breaking North American Tour.

DEAR EVAN HANSEN to Hold Final Tour Performances at Seattle's Paramount Theatre in March
by Blair Ingenthron - Feb 17, 2023

Premera Blue Cross Broadway at The Paramount will welcome Dear Evan Hansen to the Paramount Theatre from March 7 – 12.

Review: DEAR EVAN HANSEN at Orpheum Theatre
by Steve Murray - Jan 28, 2023

What did our critic think of DEAR EVAN HANSEN at Orpheum Theatre?

DEAR EVAN HANSEN National Tour to End its Run This Summer
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 27, 2023

The North American Tour of Dear Evan Hansen, which first launched at the Buell Theatre in Denver, Colorado in October 2018, will end its run on July 2nd, 2023 at the Koger Center in Columbia, South Carolina. See how to purchase tickes!

Two Stephens College Conservatory Faculty Star in National Tour
by Nicole Rosky - Dec 19, 2022

Stephens College Conservatory for the Performing Arts faculty John Hemphill and Lisa Brescia are starring in the Dear Evan Hansen Broadway national tour. Brescia plays Heidi Hansen and Hemphill plays Larry Murphy.

Interview: Ian Coursey Talks the Importance of DEAR EVAN HANSEN at Fisher Theatre!
by Katie Laban - Sep 26, 2022

Dear Evan Hansen is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it. From 9/27 to 10/9, this remarkable show will visit the Fisher Theatre in Detroit. BWW Detroit had a chance to speak with Ian Coursey, a current U of M student on tour with the show, about his roles and the importance of the show.

Review: DEAR EVAN HANSEN at Eisenhower Theatre At The Kennedy Center
by Ken Kemp - Sep 3, 2022

Catch the national tour of the six-time Tony Award winning musical on the Kennedy Center's Eisenhower Stage through September 25th.

REVIEW: DEAR EVAN HANSEN Hits Philly Right in the Feels
by G K Schatzman - Aug 21, 2022

Dear Evan Hansen will pour your heart fit to overflow and then spend an hour eyedroppering it over the brim. The Tony-hoarding show has juggernaut bones and design. Despite less-than-lustrous vocal performance from greenhorn show star Anthony Norman, the touring cast does it earnest justice with stand-out acting from all cast members.

Review: DEAR EVAN HANSEN at National Arts Centre
by Courtney Castelino - Aug 10, 2022

What did our critic think of DEAR EVAN HANSEN at National Arts Centre? The opening night performance of Dear Evan Hansen at the National Arts Centre lacked some of the buzz that was palpable at Hamilton a couple of weeks ago. Perhaps that was because of pent-up excitement for Hamilton following two years of pandemic-related delays or maybe it's because Hamilton is still widely considered one of the hottest shows around. Normally there would be a bigger gap between shows, but thanks to the pandemic, Broadway Across Canada's 2021-2022 season has been condensed into a shorter time frame (Aside: not that I'm complaining - the more shows, the better, if you ask me). The beautiful thing about Broadway shows is that no two shows are alike, and the audience can appreciate each on its own merit.

Interview: Nikhil Saboo and Pablo David Laucerica of DEAR EVAN HANSEN at Ottawa's National Arts Centre
by Courtney Castelino - Aug 4, 2022

Nikhil and Pablo shared some insightful thoughts on their characters and reflections on the show’s key themes

Review: DEAR EVAN HANSEN Is Still Waving, Searching and Yanking on Heartstrings
by Evan Henerson - Jul 12, 2022

With its award-winning book by Steven Levenson and score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the touring version of DEAR EVAN HANSEN offers the same gut punches along with assurances that life for the Hansens, the Murphys and the millions of nameless, faceless lonely souls out there on the internet may yet be OK.

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