The National Tour of the musical theatre phenomenon Dear Evan Hansen will welcome a new name to production’s titular role. Producer Stacey Mindich announced that Stephen Christopher Anthony will assume the role of Evan Hansen as the show embarks on its second year, which will include stops in 29 cities and a 12-week return to Chicago. Anthony, who has covered the role of Evan Hansen on Broadway and currently performs the role several times a week as the Evan Hansen Alternate on tour, will assume the role on September 17, 2019.
“I am thrilled that Stephen Christopher Anthony will be taking over the role of Evan as our national tour continues into its 2nd year,” Dear Evan Hansen director Michael Greif said. “Stephen brings incredible humor, wit, musical virtuosity, and extraordinary emotional depth to the role of Evan. We were supremely fortunate that Stephen was our Evan alternate our first season, and even more fortunate that he will now be playing the role.”
Directed by Michael Greif (Rent, Next to Normal) and choreographed by Danny Mefford, the piece explores the story of an outcast teenage boy searching for a way to make a connection. Featuring a book by Tony Award-winner Steven Levenson, and a score by Grammy, Tony, and Academy Award winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land, The Greatest Showman), Dear Evan Hansen won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2017, as well as Best Book, Best Score, Best Actor (Ben Platt), Best Featured Actress (Rachel Bay Jones), and Best Orchestrations (Alex Lacamoire).
Additional casting for the second year of the tour will be announced at a later date.
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia, and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.