Dear Evan Hansen – Musical – Paramount Theatre – Second Review

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Elevator Thoughts (aka Tweet): Dear Evan Hansen musical w/ Broadway at the Paramount Theatre and Seattle Theatre Group. Good visibility on depressed, lonely, awkward people who are obsessed w/ social media and who don’t fit in. #DearEvanHansen #suicide #depression

Synopsis from the Theatre: A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to finally fit in. DEAR EVAN HANSEN is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it. DEAR EVAN HANSEN has struck a remarkable chord with audiences and critics everywhere, including The Washington Post who says DEAR EVAN HANSEN is “one of the most remarkable shows in musical theatre history.” The New York Times calls it “a gut-punching, breathtaking knockout of a musical.” And NBC Nightly News declares the musical “an anthem resonating on Broadway and beyond.” DEAR EVAN HANSEN features a book by Tony Award winner Steven Levenson, a score by Grammy®, Tony® and Academy Award® winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land, The Greatest Showman), and direction by four-time Tony Award nominee Michael Greif (Rent, Next to Normal).

Reviewed Performance: 3/7/23 Evening – Opening Night

Type: Musical

World Premiere: No

Several or Few Scenes: Several

Defined Plot/Storyline: Yes

Live Band/Orchestra: Yes

Recommendation: See it!

Was This the First Time I Attended a Production of this Show: No, I previously saw this years ago at the Paramount Theatre. I actually listen to the soundtrack in my car every so often.

Would I See It Again 3 Years from Now: I’d consider it, but I probably would only see a professional/equity production like this and not a community production.

Rating Compared to Other Shows with the Same Production Value:
4.5 Stars (Out of 5 Stars)

Equity Actors: All of them

Total Number of Actors: 8

Length (Including Any Intermission): 2.75 hours

Intermission: Yes

Other Rave(s) Not Mentioned in Elevator Thoughts

  • Projections and Lighting: I’m always a huge fan of modern design and clean lines. The spotlights and projections dramatically converged in “Waving Through a Window” and “You Will Be Found.” Most of the projections were inspired by social media and this production didn’t lazily use the projections as a crutch for the storyline. However, I wonder how long the projections will stay relevant. For example, today’s high schoolers don’t gravitate toward the social media platforms (like Facebook) mentioned throughout the show.
  • Awkwardness: Anthony Norman portrayed Evan Hansen well as a weird loser who doesn’t fit it. There should be less snorts though. In my opinion, snorting on-stage or on-film is an overused crutch to portray awkward demeanor to the audience. I’ve never known someone to regularly snort in real life.
  • Silence and Darkness: Similar to the recent Metamorphoses play at Seattle Rep, this show is uniquely lacks sound and color (in a good way), which is in contrast to most other musicals that usually more ostentatious. The silence was particularly fitting in the tense moments before Evan Hansen’s speech.
  • “Waving Through a Window” Lyrics: I love how they allude to the smartphone social media experience in the chorus lyrics “cause I’m tap, tap, tapping on the glass. I’m waving through a window … is anybody waving back at me?”
  • Favorite Line: “The only people that like high school are cheerleaders and football players.”


  • Pitch Issues: There were numerous moments someone sang slightly off key when attempting to reach high notes.
  • “Sincerely, Me” Stiffness: The comedic relief song “Sincerely, Me” didn’t feel as playful as I remember from the first time I saw this musical. Move your arms and hands more please! Maybe it was the magic and wonder of seeing the show for the first time that made the song better for me back then.
  • Paramount Theatre Seating: Like I mentioned in my previous Paramount Theatre show review, I’m thankful for the opportunity to review this show and my seats were great on paper but the Paramount Theatre is in desperate need of better seat staggering and a steeper slope. The people sitting in the two rows in front of me were clearly struggling with their view. And I could even hear the person behind me complaining that they couldn’t see. The seats are so terribly placed that the person two rows down from me was blocking my view. A part of me thinks that it isn’t worth shelling out upwards of $100 per ticket to only hear the show and not see it adequately. Make sure your seat is in the first row of a section!

Other Musing(s) and Observation(s)

  • Fundraiser: The teens in the story were not fundraising for a worthy cause. Why not raise money for something that will actually prevent suicides and depression? What a waste!
  • Alana Beck: Such an annoying character. She needs to mind her own business and stop using people. I also didn’t buy her explanation for her motives.

Theatre Company: National Tour Coordinated by Broadway Across America and Seattle Theatre Group

Venue: Paramount Theatre

Venue Physical Address: 911 Pine St, Seattle, WA 98101

Price: Medium to Expensive

Ticket Affordability Options: Seattle Theatre Group might partner with an organization you’re affiliated with for discount tickets. For example, I believe UW employees and students are eligible for an organization discount.

Dates: March 7 to 12, 2023

Seating: Assigned Seating

Parking: Paid street parking and paid garage parking. The best parking garage is under the convention center w/ the entrance on Pike around the Pike and Terry intersection. Last I checked, this is one of the cheapest, least busy, and closest garages. Alternatively, you can probably find street parking as you move closer to the West Precinct (810 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101). Do NOT park where the Paramount subscribers park. Last I checked, they usually park in the garage attached to the Cheesecake Factory. It’ll take you at least 30 minutes to exit that garage after the show.

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@showsiveseen “Dear Evan Hansen” #musical at Paramount Theatre w/ @seattletheatregroup. Good visibility for depressed, lonely, awkward people who don’t fit in and who are obsessed w/ #socialMedia. Review: #DearEvanHansen #suicide #depression #theatre ♬ Waving Through A Window – Ben Platt & Original Broadway Cast of Dear Evan Hansen
Anthony Norman (Evan Hansen), Coleen Sexton (Heidi Hansen) in the 2022-2023 North American Tour of DEAR EVAN HANSEN. Photo by Evan Zimmerman for MurphyMade.
Anthony Norman (Evan Hansen), Alaina Anderson (Zoe Murphy) in the 2022-2023 North American Tour of DEAR EVAN HANSEN. Photo by Evan Zimmerman for MurphyMade.
Anthony Norman (Evan Hansen) in the 2022-2023 North American Tour of DEAR EVAN HANSEN, Photo by Evan Zimmerman for MurphyMade.
Anthony Norman (Evan Hansen), John Hemphill (Larry Murphy), Lili Thomas (Cynthia Murphy), Alaina Anderson (Zoe Murphy), in the 2022-2023 North American Tour of DEAR EVAN HANSEN. Photo by Evan Zimmerman for MurphyMade.
Zoe Murphy Alaina Anderson
Jared Kleinman Reese Sebastian Diaz was the understudy for Pablo David Laucerica during the 3/7/23 performance
Connor Murphy August Emerson
Alana Beck Micaela Lamas
Larry Murphy John Hemphill
Evan Hansen Anthony Norman (Jeffrey Cornelius on Saturday Matinee and Sunday Evening)
Heidi Hansen Coleen Sexton
Cynthia Murphy Lili Thomas
Evan Hansen, Connor Murphy, Jared Kleinman UnderstudyReese Sebastian Diaz
Evan Hansen, Jared Kleinman UnderstudiesJeffrey Cornelius, Pierce Wheeler
Jared Kleinman, Connor Murphy UnderstudiesIan Coursey
Heidi Hansen, Cynthia Murphy UnderstudiesIsabel Santiago, Kelsey Venter
Alana Beck, Zoe Murphy UnderstudiesValeria Ceballos, Gillian Jackson Han
Larry Murphy UnderstudyDaniel Robert Sullivan
Music Director/Conductor/KeyboardGarret Healey
Associate ConductorMichael Uselmann
GuitarMatt Brown, Eric Stockton
DrumsRyan McCausland
BassJack Helsley
Violin/ConcertmasterEugene Kaler
ViolaMichi Aceret
CelloCaitlin Thomas
Additional Orchestrations Christopher Jahnke
Keyboard ProgrammerRandy Cohen
Associate Keyboard Programmer Jeremy King
Ableton ProgrammersEnrico De Trizio, Scott Wasserman
Music CopyingEmily Grishman Music Preparation
DirectorMichael Greif
AuthorSteven Levenson
Composers and LyricistsBenj Pasek & Justin Paul
Choreographer Danny Mefford
Music Supervision, Orchestrations & Additional Arrangements Alex Lacamoire
Scenic DesignerDavid Korins
Projection DesignerPeter Nigrini
Costume Designer Emily Rebholz
Lighting Designer Japhy Weideman
Sound Designer Nevin Steinberg
Hair DesignerDavid Brian Brown
Associate Music Supervisor Ben Cohn
Music Director Garret Healey
Music CoordinatorsMichael Keller and Michael Aarons
Vocal Arrangements, Additional Arrangements Justin Paul
Production Supervisor Judith Schoenfeld
Stage ManagerJovon E. Shuck
Company ManagerDeann L. Boise
Senior Associate DirectorDanny Sharron
Senior Associate Choreographer Mark Myars
Executive Producers Wendy Orshan and Jeffrey M. Wilson
Dance CaptainKelsey Venter

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