“DEAR EVAN HANSEN” SMASHES WEEKLY BOX OFFICE RECORDS IN LOS ANGELES WITH FIVE CONSECUTIVE WEEKS OVER $2 MILLION
CENTER THEATRE GROUP ANNOUNCES RETURN ENGAGEMENT IN 2020-2021 SEASON CITING UNPRECEDENTED AUDIENCE RESPONSE
Hot off a record-breaking, six-week sold-out engagement in Los Angeles, Center Theatre Group announced today that the national tour of “Dear Evan Hansen” will play a return engagement in Los Angeles in Center Theatre Group’s 2020-2021 Season at the Ahmanson Theatre. Ticketing information and engagement dates will be announced at a later date.
The six-time Tony Award-winning musical shattered the previously held box office record early in the Los Angeles engagement (10/17 – 11/25/18)—in just its second week in Los Angeles, “Dear Evan Hansen” became the first show in Ahmanson Theatre history to gross more than $2 million in a single playing week. The show went on to break its own record for each of the next four consecutive weeks topping out at over $2.5 million in the final week.
Response to the show in Southern California has been overwhelming—and fans have another chance to see the show early in 2019 at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa (1/1 – 1/13/19). Ticket information is available at DearEvanHansen.com.
The National Tour opened in Denver this September, where it played 36 performances before moving to Los Angeles. The show will open tomorrow at ASU Gammage Auditorium in Tempe, AZ (11/27 – 12/2/18), where it already became the fastest selling show in venue history, selling out of all available inventory before the single ticket onsale, and it will play a holiday engagement at The Curran in San Francisco (12/5 – 12/30/18).
“‘Dear Evan Hansen’ was truly a record-breaking phenomenon that captivated Los Angeles every night at the Ahmanson Theatre,” said Douglas C. Baker, Center Theatre Group’s Producing Director. “We’re thrilled with the show’s extraordinarily strong ticket sales. Even more remarkable is the musical’s emotional impact on our audiences. It’s clear from the response and energy in the theatre after each performance that Los Angeles can’t get enough of ‘Dear Evan Hansen,’ so we couldn’t wait to announce its return in the 2020-21 Season.”
The winner of six 2017 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, “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”).
Declared “one of the most remarkable shows in musical theater history” by the Washington Post’s Peter Marks, “Dear Evan Hansen” opened at the Music Box Theatre to rave reviews on December 4, 2016, where it’s broken all box office records and struck a chord with critics and audiences alike.
In addition to winning six Tony awards, “Dear Evan Hansen” has won numerous other awards, including the 2017 Drama League Award for Outstanding Musical Production and for the off-Broadway production, two Obie Awards, a Drama Desk Award, and two Outer Critics Circle Awards and two Helen Hayes Awards. The show’s original cast won a Daytime Emmy Award for “Best Musical Performance on a Daytime Talk Show” for their April 2017 performance of “You Will Be Found” on NBC’s “Today Show,” only the second Broadway show in history to win that category.
The Grammy Award-winning Original Broadway Cast Recording of “Dear Evan Hansen,” produced by Atlantic Records, was released in February 2017, making an extraordinary debut on the Billboard 200 and entering the chart at #8 – the highest charting debut position for an original cast album since 1961 – and went on to win the 2018 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. A Deluxe Album of the Grammy-winning cast recording, with six bonus tracks including “Waving Through a Window” performed by pop star Katy Perry, was released digitally by Atlantic Records on November 2, 2018.
A special edition coffee table book authored by Levenson, Pasek and Paul, “Dear Evan Hansen: through the window” (Grand Central Publishing / Melcher) is now available, offering an in-depth, all-access look at the musical, including never-before-seen production photos and cast portraits, behind-the-scenes stories, and a fully annotated script by the authors.
In addition to the touring production and the record-breaking Broadway production, “Dear Evan Hansen” will launch its first international production in Canada, in March 2019 at Toronto’s Royal Alexandra Theatre, followed by a production in London at the Noël Coward Theatre later in 2019.
“Dear Evan Hansen” features scenic design by David Korins, projection design by Peter Nigrini, costume design by Emily Rebholz, lighting design by Japhy Weideman, sound design by Nevin Steinberg, and hair design by David Brian Brown. Music supervision, orchestrations and additional arrangements are by Alex Lacamoire. Ben Cohn is the Associate Music Supervisor. Vocal arrangements and additional arrangements are by Justin Paul. Danny Mefford is the choreographer. U.S. Casting by Tara Rubin Casting/Lindsay Levine. Adrienne Campbell-Holt, Sash Bischoff and Adam Quinn are the Associate Directors. Judith Schoenfeld is the Production Supervisor.
The touring production of “Dear Evan Hansen” is produced by Stacey Mindich. The co-producers are Mickey Liddell, Hunter Arnold, Caiola Productions, Double Gemini Productions, Fakston Productions, Roy Furman, Harris Karma Productions, On Your Marks Group, Darren Bagert, Roger & William Berlind, Bob Boyett, Colin Callender, Caitlin Clements, Freddy DeMann, Dante Di Loreto, Bonnie & Kenneth Feld, FickStern Productions, Eric & Marsi Gardiner, Robert Greenblatt, Jere Harris and Darren DeVerna, The John Gore Organization, Mike Kriak, David Mirvish, Eva Price, Zeilinger Productions, Adam Zotovich, Ambassador Theatre Group, Independent Presenters Network, and the Shubert Organization, in association with Arena Stage, Molly Smith and Edgar Dobie, and Second Stage Theatre, Carole Rothman, and Casey Reitz. Wendy Orshan and Jeffrey M. Wilson are Executive Producers.
Center Theatre Group, one of the nation’s preeminent arts and cultural organizations, is Los Angeles’ leading nonprofit theatre company, which, under Artistic Director Michael Ritchie, programs seasons at the 736-seat Mark Taper Forum and 1600 to 2100-seat Ahmanson Theatre at The Music Center in Downtown Los Angeles, and the 317-seat Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. In addition to presenting and producing the broadest range of theatrical entertainment in the country, Center Theatre Group is one of the nation’s leading producers of ambitious new works through commissions and world premiere productions and a leader in interactive community engagement and education programs that reach across generations, demographics and circumstance to serve Los Angeles.
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November 26, 2018