The answer to the big question “Who will replace Ben Platt when he departs Dear Evan Hansen this fall?” has finally been answered. The title role will be filled by Noah Galvin of TV’s The Real O’Neals who will enter the production on November 21 and stay with the production until January. He will then be succeeded by Taylor Trensch who is currently appearing in Hello, Dolly! as Barnaby Tucker.
“We’re excited to welcome Noah and Taylor to our Dear Evan Hansen Family and I’m deeply joyful that our other original company members will remain in our show,” Producer Stacey Mindich said. “As we embark on casting for the national tour and future productions of the show, it’s thrilling to begin discovering new, exciting talent for this unique role.”
Even though the Tony-winning Platt is departing the show, having endeared audiences to his complex portrayal of a young man trying to find ways to break his personal isolation and make a connection to the world, much excitement and speculation has surrounded who will be his replacement. Laura Dreyfuss, 2017 Tony Award-winner Rachel Bay Jones, Jennifer Laura Thompson,2017 Tony Award nominee Mike Faist, Michael Park, and Will Roland have all extended their contracts and will remain in the show through May 2018, Kristolyn Lloyd will remain with the show through February 2018.
“Evan is such a complex and rewarding role, and I can’t wait to see Noah and Taylor make it their own,” director Michael Greif said. “Nothing excites me more than working with young talent, and both young men are incredibly skilled and surprising performers.”
Galvin, who has starred for two seasons in the recently-cancelled The Real O’Neals, has appeared onstage in Ace and The Burnt Part Boys. Film credits include The Promised Land and Welcome to the Wayne. Taylor Trensch appeared on Broadway in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, playing the lead role of Christopher. He also appeared in the Off-Broadway production of Bare. He made his Broadway debut playing Boq in Wicked and he also portrayed Michael Wormwood in the original Broadway production of Matilda.
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals and maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.