No uneasy stock market or rickety roller coaster has generated more stomach-churning highs and lows than the musical Dear Evan Hansen.
In 2016, the show opened to stellar reviews, and was instantly a special success among high school and college age students, who embraced it with their whole hearts. (I know—I taught several groups of them.)
Fast forward six years. When Dear Evan Hansen goes dark on Broadway in September, it will have been a bona fide hit, with 1,700-plus performances to its credit. The London production continues into October, and the tour will, for better or (see below) worse, go at least a year beyond that.
But the show’s reputation is now significantly besmirched, scrutinized and roundly criticized, sometimes in same publications that initially raved about it…
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