Dear Evan Hansen by Steven Levenson

Dear Evan Hansen

An original musical that explores the poignant desire for human connection in the tumultuous life of one young man. Evan is shy, lonely, and bullied for it―teeming with the irrepressible emotions all too familiar with anyone who's ever been a teenager. After a tragedy strikes, Evan's life suddenly gets turned around, but is it ultimately for the better?

Details Dear Evan Hansen

TitleDear Evan Hansen
Release DateMay 30th, 2017
PublisherTheatre Communications Group Inc/Nick Hern Books
GenrePlays, Fiction

Reviews Dear Evan Hansen

  • Mary Lins
    I saw "Dear Evan Hansen" on Broadway last week and the first thing I thought when it was over was: "I want to see it again!" Well, plane trips to NYC and ticket prices for this Tony nominated (9!) show preclude repeated viewings for me, so buying this book and reading the script while listening to the glorious soundtrack will have to do until it either comes my way on a road tour or is made into a movie. It's stunning, heartbreaking, thought-prov...
  • Katie
    I am such a mess after finishing this book. I picked it up because I wanted more context to go with listening to the soundtrack, and I figured that at the rate I am going, I am never going to see the show (and unless a miracle happens, I definitely won't see it with Ben Platt, which makes me so upset because I knew I should have bought tickets last December and then I didn't) and this book did not disappoint. It's the script to the show, and I wo...
  • Rebecca Robbins
    This story is absolutely incredible. I love the music from the show, and getting to read this and understand the whole story made it a million times better. If you are unable to go to New York to see Ben Platt's fantastic performance, then this is definitely the next best thing.
  • Cassandra
    “You think you’re going to turn around all of a sudden and start telling everyone the truth? You can’t even tell yourself the truth.” Honestly, what did I expect? Anything less than perfection from the script of a musical that is currently sweeping the nation and enrapturing the hearts of theater veterans and theater virgins alike?With Broadway shows such as Hamilton and Wicked, their quality is undeniable. But with Dear Evan Hansen, the ...
  • Melissa **Dear Evan Hansen Obsessed**
    Seeing as there's no chance I'll ever be able to go to broadway and see this, and still no news of a UK tour, I have resigned myself to just reading the script and playing the soundtrack over and over again. I just want to see Ben Platt and Laura Dreyfuss as Evan and Zoe.. Someone pay for me to go to New York please...This musical has just touched me and I haven't even seen it. Just from the soundtrack and the script, I've built an obsession and ...
  • Alex Vivonia ゚・: *
    What an absolutely brilliant story. Though I have been listening to the soundtrack for months, I know every lyric by heart, I am so glad to have finally the context surrounding the songs. Dear Evan Hansen is very unique and entirely realistic, yes there is an outrageous lie told that I have never seen happen in real life, but the setting and characters are so relatable to most people today. From a single parent just trying to breakthrough to thei...
  • Abby
    This play was such an amazing read, I can't imagine what it would be like to see it live. So good.
  • Kristine
    This. Book. - the story, the music, the style, just everything about it- was an absolute pleasure to devour. I neeeed to see the show in person one day, but I'm so glad that I was able to fill in the gaps of my prior understanding of the story and that I was able to read it in full. I loved listening to the songs along with reading the lyrics and felt that I was able to connect to the characters more by doing so.
  • Doug
    I originally bought this as I knew there was no way I was going to get to NYC to see the Broadway production, and wanted to see what all the hoopla was about (and also put the songs on the CD into context). Before I got to it though, I was able to watch a bootleg (I know, I know...) and didn't think there was any real reason to read the script afterwards - but wanted to see how much of the production was on the page - and how much was due to Ben ...
  • Nicoleta
    I was really excited to read this script because I love the music. This was a good book but in some places it was very disappointing about how much isn't expressed in the songs. The end of scene 9 in act 2 really bothered me though... The way that Zoe isn't mad at him at all and how she acts like nothing big happened was a big problem because their whole foundation of a relationship was pretty much based on how Evan was Conners "best friend" and ...
  • SkylarBlue
    I barely ever cry when reading a book but oh my god this book/script was amazing and just really gave me all the emotions. I have listened to the musical but before this I didn’t fully know the plot. Reading this was a great way to spend my afternoon.
  • Astrid
    Dear Evan Hansen holds a very special place in my heart, I will never not cry while listening to the soundtrack. Reading this script while listening to all the songs was a wonderful experience and I'm sad that I'll never be able to see the musical with the original Broadway cast.
  • Margaux Perchard
    This book is the script for the actual musical (don't you dare call it a play). This is a life changing musical. It is guaranteed to make you cry. Also, it is written in script form, just for a heads up.
  • Josephine
    Dear Evan Hansen,Everybody needed it for something. Sincerely, your best and most dearest friend, Me.
  • Jesse
    I can't wait until I can see this show live!
  • Lucy
    I cried a lot and I don't know why lmao I'm 10x more desperate to see it on stage now
  • Cara Noyes
    I am so glad that Isabel recommended this play. The music is magnificent! I got the soundtrack but now that I've read the play, I love the music even more! I cannot wait to see this show!
  • Bruce
    The publishers of this libretto have littered its covers and inside pages with the handpicked fawning of contemporary critics and an estimable introduction by playwright James Lapine. Notwithstanding the comfort such self-promotion may bring to the marketing department, they can be reassured that Dear Evan Hansen doesn't need their support. The book of this musical is well-worth reading whether you are a fan of the show or even familiar with it.A...
  • Eef
    I saw the musical the third night of the previews on Broadway and absolutely fell in love with it. It really is an experience that crawls under your skin. I kept thinking about it and I can say with confidence that this is the best musical I've ever seen.A big part that makes the musical so great is the performances by the cast and mainly Ben Platt, but now that I've read the book I remember that it wasn't only that cast that made it great, but j...
  • Dulce
    The script definitely holds up on its own. Tony-winning book of a musical!
  • Phoebe
    This is a gem of a musical. I first listened to the soundtrack in February, spent the next 3 months listening to it obsessively and desperately trying to find out what happens in between all the songs, and then saw it on May 25th with the entire original cast. (That you can't witness the incredible, breathtaking performances from reading the script is its only drawback.) As soon as I knew the script was for sale (and as soon as I got past my exec...
  • Carol (bookish_notes)
    I don't really know how to review this. First off, I love the cast album. It's close to being a problem at this point because I've barely listened to anything else since the cast album came out in February. This isn't a musical that's sung all the way through, so there are speaking parts that get lost between the songs, and aren't on the cast album. So, when I heard there was a script book coming out for this, I one-clicked this because I had to ...
  • Jackson
    .When someone first described the play to me, I felt put off by the idea of the character but still mildly interested. Then when I saw Ben Platt's Tony performance I was so stunned and it clicked why it was so special. I quickly fell in love with the cast album, entered the lottery to see it every day, and eventually decided that this was a show I couldn't miss, so I forked over more money than I have ever spent on something other than rent, vete...
  • Erin
    MAN. I REALLY LOVE DEAR EVAN HANSEN. I spent the summer in New York and I desperately tried to get tickets to see this, especially because it was already announced Ben Platt would be leaving in November. I tried SO HARD. I entered that damn lottery every single day. Twice on Saturdays. Even though I didn't get to see it, I am happy just reading the script (and listening to the OBC recording - for now). The story of Dear Evan Hansen is relatable f...
  • Sara
    TW// This story contains discussions of suicide and mental illness. One of the best musicals I've ever seen or read, period. As a person who deals with social anxiety, it was wonderful to see myself—my flaws and struggles and pains that I hated myself for and hid away deep inside myself—presented on the stage in such a way that captured the totality of having a Social Anxiety Disorder (at least for me, I know that everyone who has this does n...
  • Poulline
    I've seen the show (which I FREAKING LOVED!!! GODDAMN BEN PLATT MY LOVE) and listened to the soundtracks over and over again (just see my history). This is one of the best musicals of 2017. Hands down. But we're not talking about the the musical in general, we're talking about the book aka script. Reading this definitely helped me to see in-depth the characters and their feelings/emotions at certain act or the reason why they do something...
  • Haley Bowles
    This book has the perfect format for someone who isn't able to see Dear Evan Hansen on stage, but still loves the music. That's where I was when I got this book. I knew we couldn't afford to go see a Broadway show, but there were some holes in the soundtrack. I didn't where the plot was and I got very confused whilst listening to the musical. I still loved the songs and the story so much that I had to find out what was happening. So when I found ...
  • Kelly Woodward
    What a brilliantly-plotted ethical dilemma. (Maybe not a dilemma. The choice is clear from the start, but then Evan just...keeps...digging...himself deeper.) Excellent use of awkward silences, and some poignant moments between mother and son. I enjoyed reading a story in which I could utterly relate to the main character and his social anxieties (mine aren't as severe, but so many of the things he stresses about are also sources of worry for me) ...
  • Eliza
    a good musical. i enjoyed reading it. however, it left me with unresolved questions{SPOILERS}Did Evan face enough consequences for exploiting the suffering of the Murphy family? Is his journey to self-acceptance realistic? I kept wondering if the events of the story would have encouraged him to accept himself or just buried him under more guilt, providing even more emotional turmoil to make him feel isolated and alone. and because he starts with ...