Dear Evan Hansen posted a Sept. 18 closing date after six years on Broadway.
The production, which won the 2017 Tony Award for Best Musical, reopened at the Music Box Theater on Broadway in December 2021, following the pandemic-induced closure of theaters. Before the pandemic, the show was selling steadily and grossing over $1 million, but it has since struggled to bring back the same numbers.
“Since our first reading of Dear Evan Hansen in 2011, there were two big joys that stood out above all others (and there are many),” producer Stacey Mindich said in a statement. “One is the grand, soaring show itself, which never fails to make me think, cry, laugh and try to be a better mother and a better person. The other watches the profound change in audiences since its entry into the theater until his departure.
Mindich added: “I’m grateful to have helped bring Pasek, Paul, Levenson and Greif’s original musical to life – which captured the hearts of so many, touched millions of viewers around the world and literally changed lives with its breathtaking sound. score and its vital and universal message.
The Broadway closure follows news that the show would end production in the West End in October 2022. Dear Evan Hansen also has an ongoing North American tour.
The musical features a score by The greatest showmanby Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, a book by Steven Levenson and a production by Michael Greif.
Ben Platt originated the role of Evan Hansen, a teenager catapulted to popularity after lying about his friendship with a troubled classmate, on Broadway, as well as in the 2016 Off-Broadway production and the 2015 world premiere in Washington D.C.
Platt took the on-screen role in the 2021 film adaptation, which received poor reviews and may have hurt audiences’ enthusiasm for seeing the Broadway show.
It is one of the highest-profile productions to issue a closing notice since returning to Broadway. Many productions, including Ain’t too proud and Little shredded pillclosed this winter but cited the threat of the omicron variant and the number of canceled performances it caused.
Dear Evan HansenThe closing underscores a trend seen in box office receipts throughout the season, in which productions that had been on Broadway for several years, but were not long-running, faced more boxing difficulties. -office this season than in previous years.
Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, which opened on Broadway in November 2019, also announced on Tuesday that the musical biopic will end on August 14. The production – with a book of P-Valley Katori Hall and produced in association with Turner by Stage Entertainment, James L. Nederlander and Tali Pelman – had grossed over $1 million when it opened, and when original star Adrienne Warren returned to star in the lead role this fall , but had seen large and declining attendance this winter and spring.
Meanwhile, major brands, such as Nasty and hamilton, continue to reign supreme, while new productions like The music man also slipped into the top spots.
When it first opened on Broadway, Dear Evan Hansen broke several box office records and recouped its initial investment in less than nine months. Midway through its run, the critically acclaimed musical was commanding average ticket prices of over $200 and selling out the theater.
Over the past few weeks, the musical has posted an average ticket price of less than $100 and played at around 70% capacity. The production earned $588,371 during the week ending May 29.
At the time of closing, the musical will have played 1,678 regular performances and 21 preview performances. Zachary Noah Piser leads the current cast as Dear Evan Hansenalongside fellow cast members Talia Simone Robinson, Jessica Phillips, Christiane Noll, David Jeffery, Manoel Felciano, Jared Goldsmith and Phoebe Koyabe.