Taylor Trensch - Evan Hansen
Taylor Trensch comes directly from the Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly!, in which he played Barnaby Tucker. Other Broadway: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Matilda, Wicked. Off-Broadway: Bare, Rent. First national tour: Spring Awakening. World premieres: Williamstown Theatre Festival, Dallas Theater Center, La Jolla Playhouse, Barrington Stage. Television: Nickelodeon’s “Nella the Princess Knight.” Training: Elon University.
Laura Dreyfuss - Zoe Murphy
2018 Grammy Award winner for Dear Evan Hansen. After originating the role of Zoe in both the Arena Stage and Second Stage productions, Laura is so excited to bring this show to Broadway! Her past credits include Once (Broadway); Hair (Broadway and first national tour); What’s It All About? (Off-Broadway, New York Theatre Workshop); and Madison McCarthy on the sixth season of “Glee.” She has a BFA in Theatre from the Boston Conservatory. Many thanks to Stone Manners Salners, Brantley Brown, Mom, Dad, Meg, Jo, Dan, Kevin, and James for the endless love and support.
Rachel Bay Jones - Heidi Hansen
2018 Grammy Award winner for Dear Evan Hansen. Broadway: Dear Evan Hansen (Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, Drama League Distinguished Performance Award nomination), Pippin, Hair, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. Off-Broadway: Dear Evan Hansen (Drama Desk nomination, Second Stage Theatre), First Daughter Suite (The Public Theater), Hello Again (Drama Desk nomination, Transport Group). National tour: Pasek and Paul’s A Christmas Story (Mother). Regional (selected): Dear Evan Hansen, Pippin, Sylvia, The King and I. Television: ABC’s “The Family” and FX’s “Louie.” Album: ShowFolk. By day, Rachel is mother to her beloved daughter Miranda, and partner to actor Benim Foster. Facebook: Rachel Bay Jones
Jennifer Laura Thompson - Cynthia Murphy
Jennifer Laura Thompson is thrilled to reprise her role as Cynthia after a run Off-Broadway at Second Stage and at Arena Stage (Helen Hayes nomination). Broadway credits include Nice Work If You Can Get It (Eileen Evergreen), Lend Me a Tenor, Wicked (Glinda, first replacement), Urinetown (Hope Cladwell; Tony nomination, Leading Actress), Footloose (Ariel Moore). She has performed in five Encores! productions at City Center. In addition she has sung with symphonies across the country, including the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and with the New York Philharmonic in Company (Jenny) starring Neil Patrick Harris. Much love to John and Tommy.
Mike Faist - Connor Murphy
2016 Tony Award nominee for Dear Evan Hansen. Mike has been with DEH since the first table read and is immensely proud to share this show with an incredible company, creative team and, now, you. Broadway: Newsies (original cast, created the role of Morris Delancey). Off-Broadway: Appropriate (dir. Liesl Tommy), A Month in the Country (dir. Erica Schmidt). Films included Touched With Fire (dir. Paul Dalio, prod. Spike Lee), The Grief of Others (dir. Patrick Wang) and the upcoming Wildling (dir. Fritz Bohm), I Can I Will I Did (dir. Nadine Truong). Check out livethroughthis.org. This website is an informative and beautiful look at people like Connor.
Michael Park - Larry Murphy
2018 Grammy Award winner for Dear Evan Hansen. Broadway: Tuck Everlasting (Angus Tuck), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Gooper), How to Succeed… (Bratt), Carousel (Billy), Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Grammy Award winner), Little Me (Lucky). Off-B’way: Hello Again (College Boy); Violet (Monty); The Burnt Part Boys; Middletown (Cop); Bloomer Girl, Applause (Encores!); The Threepenny Opera (Macheath). Regional: Shenandoah, Good News, Dear Evan Hansen, Tuck Everlasting. TV: “As the World Turns” (two-time Emmy Award winner), “House of Cards,” “Mindhunter” (Netflix), “The Good Wife” (CBS), “Chicago PD,” “Peter Pan Live!,” “The Sound of Music Live!,” “The Blacklist” (NBC), “Gotham” (FOX).
Will Roland - Jared Kleinman
Broadway debut! Off-Broadway and regional: Dear Evan Hansen (Second Stage and Arena), The Black Suits (CTG and Barrington), The Bus (59E59), LoserSongs (Don’t Tell Mama), Academia Nuts! (NYMF). TV: “Mysteries of Laura” (NBC), “Red Oaks” (Amazon). Frequent collaborations with Joe Iconis & Family. Passionate about new work: new plays and musicals developed with Second Stage, La Jolla, Arena, CAP21, Don’t Tell Mama, NYMF and others. Thanks Mom, Dad, Val, Steph, Station3, Judy Boals, Lindsay, Tara & Co. and my many loving teachers for their support throughout this crazy endeavor. www.will-roland.com
Phoenix Best - Alana Beck
Phoenix Best comes directly from playing the role of Éponine on the North American tour of Les Miserables. Broadway: 2015–2017 Tony, Emmy & Grammy-winning revival of The Color Purple. Regional: Dreamgirls (Deena Jones), Les Misérables. Thanks to the DEH team, Lindsay/Tara Rubin casting, Nicolosi & Co., Mom, Rena, and all her friends and family for their love and support.
Michael Lee Brown - Alternate Evan Hansen; u/s Connor Murphy, Jared Kleinman
Michael Lee Brown is thrilled to be making his Broadway debut. Regional: Torch Song Trilogy (David, dir. Michael Kahn), Cinderella (Lionel). TV: “Happyish” (Showtime). A graduate of Marymount Manhattan College. Thanks to Dave/Shirley Grant Management team, Trapper, Badiene and Dan. Love to Mom, Dad, Abby, Robby, Ramona, Mommom and DaDa.
Garrett Long - u/s Heidi Hansen, Cynthia Murphy
Broadway: Fun Home, Bonnie & Clyde, South Pacific. Tour: Seussical. Off-Broadway: The Spitfire Grill (Drama Desk, Drama League nominations). Good times at Pittsburgh Public, the Guthrie, McCarter, Signature, Ford’s, Goodspeed, Paper Mill, George St., MT of Wichita, Cape Playhouse…. Much thanks to the DEH team, the S-men and daughter Georgie!
Olivia Puckett - u/s Alana Beck, Zoe Murphy
Broadway: Motown the Musical (Ensemble). National tours: Motown the Musical (Ensemble, first national), American Idiot (Whatsername). Huge thanks to Meg/Katie, Lindsay/Tara Rubin Casting and Mom and Dad! For KJS.
Ben Levi Ross - U/S Evan Hansen, Jared Kleinman, Connor Murphy
From Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, Ben is thrilled to be making his broadway debut in the company of “Dear Evan Hansen.” Thanks and gratitude to Mom, Dad, Madelyn, his team at Abrams Artists, and every teacher he’s ever had. Hold on tightly, let go lightly.
Asa Somers - Standby Larry Murphy
Broadway: Next to Normal, Grey Gardens, Taboo, Dance of the Vampires, The Rocky Horror Show. Off-Broadway/regional: Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Dear Evan Hansen, Next to Normal, The Burnt Part Boys, Once Around the Sun, Fly By Night (Dallas), Tallgrass Gothic (Louisville). TV: “Mr. Robot,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “Unforgettable,” “White Collar,” “Person of Interest,” “Elementary,” “Blue Bloods,” “The Good Wife,” “Gossip Girl,” “Royal Pains,” “Ugly Betty,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “The Sopranos.” Yale graduate. www.asasomers.com
Nicole Van Giesen - U/S Heidi Hansen, Cynthia Murphy
Broadway: Fun Home, Cabaret (‘99 Revival at Studio 54), The Wild Party (LaChiusa/Wolfe). Off-Broadway: The Last Five Years. National Tours: Cabaret, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Regional: Cathy in The Last Five Years at PTC (Barrymore). TV: “Law and Order.” Big love to my kiddos.
White - u/s Alana Beck, Zoe Murphy
Having just graduated from LIU Post, Diamond is thrilled to be making her Broadway debut! She would like to thank her loving family, Lindsey and Tara Rubin Casting, her agent Eddie and Daisy. Finally she would like to say, to God be all the glory!
Rubin Casting / Lindsay Levine, C.S.A.
Steven Levenson - Book Writer
Steven Levenson is the Tony Award winning book writer of Dear Evan Hansen. His plays include If I Forget, The Unavoidable Disappearance Of Tom Durnin, Core Values, The Language of Trees, and Seven Minutes In Heaven. Honors include the Obie Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama League Award, Drama Desk Nomination, Hull-Warriner Nomination, Lucille Lortel Nomination, and the Helen Hayes Award. A former Artist in Residence at Ars Nova and a member of the Roundabout Leadership Council, he worked for three seasons as a writer and producer on Showtime’s Masters of Sex and is a founding member of Colt Coeur and an alumnus of MCC’s Playwrights Coalition and Ars Nova’s Play Group. His plays are published by Dramatists Play Service and Playscripts. A graduate of Brown University, he is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Inc. and the WGA.
Paul - Music and Lyrics
Benj Pasek & Justin Paul are the Tony, Oscar and Golden Globe-winning songwriting team behind Dear Evan Hansen. Other Broadway: A Christmas Story, The Musical (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations). Off-Broadway: Dear Evan Hansen (Second Stage; Obie Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award); Dogfight (Second Stage; Lucille Lortel Award and Drama League, Outer Critics Circle, London Evening Standard Award nominations). Regional: James and the Giant Peach (Seattle Children’s Theatre) and Edges (Capital Repertory Theatre). Film: La La Land, Trolls. Upcoming film projects: The Greatest Showman, Snow White. Television: “Smash,” “The Flash.” Their albums for Dear Evan Hansen, La La Land, and The Greatest Showman all appeared in the top 10 of the Billboard 200. They were nominated for two 2018 Grammy Awards (for La La Land and Dear Evan Hansen) and won one (Dear Evan Hansen). Additional honors: Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theatre (American Academy of Arts and Letters), ASCAP Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award, Jonathan Larson Award. Both are graduates of the University of Michigan Musical Theatre Program and members of the Dramatists Guild of America, Inc. Justin thanks God, DEH cast and crew, Asher, Emmie and the whole family. Benj thanks family, friends and everyone who has worked tirelessly to bring DEH to Broadway.
Michael Greif - Director
Broadway credits: Rent, Grey Gardens, Next to Normal (Tony noms.); Never Gonna Dance; If/Then. Recent work includes War Paint (Goodman Theatre); Our Lady of Kibeho and Angels in America (NY’s Signature Theatre); The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide… (Public); and The Tempest, A Winter’s Tale and Romeo and Juliet at The Public’s Delacorte Theater. Off-Broadway, he’s received Obie Awards for Machinal, Dogeaters (Public) and Rent (NYTW), and has directed new plays and musicals at Playwrights Horizons, Roundabout, MTC, MCC, New York Theatre Workshop and at Second Stage, where he directed Next to Normal and Dear Evan Hansen. Regional work includes premieres and revivals at Williamstown Theatre Festival (ten seasons), La Jolla Playhouse (AD, five seasons), Arena Stage, Center Stage, Mark Taper Forum, Dallas Theater Center, Trinity Repertory Company. Mr. Greif holds a BS from Northwestern University and an MFA from the University of California, San Diego.
Danny Mefford - Choreographer
Broadway: Fun Home, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, The Bridges of Madison County. Other New York: Love’s Labour’s Lost; The Good Person of Szechwan; Much Ado About Nothing; Pump Boys and Dinettes for City Center Encores!; Melancholy Play; Dance Dance Revolution. Other: The Sound of Music (U.S. tour), Miss You Like Hell (La Jolla Playhouse). Directing: Becoming Liv Ullmann (NY Fringe), Wasted (Ars Nova), The Maids. Drama Desk, Lortel and Astaire Award nominee for choreography. MFA from Brown University, BS from the University of Evansville.
Alex Lacamoire - Music Supervisor & Orchestrations
Alex Lacamoire is a three-time Tony and three-time Grammy winner for his work on Dear Evan Hansen, Hamilton and In the Heights. As music director, arranger and/or orchestrator: Annie (2011 B’way revival), Bring It On, The People in the Picture, 9 to 5 (Drama Desk and Grammy noms.), Legally Blonde, High Fidelity, Wicked, Bat Boy, Godspell (2001 national tour). He is an Emmy-nominated nominated composer for “Sesame Street.” Love to Mom, Dad, Little Sis, and to his wife, Ileana.
David Korins - Scenic Designer
Broadway: Hamilton (Tony nom.); War Paint; Misery; Motown; Vanya and Sonia…; Annie; Bring It On; Magic/Bird; An Evening With Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin; Godspell; Chinglish; The Pee-wee Herman Show; Lombardi; Passing Strange; and Bridge and Tunnel. TV: “Grease: Live!” (Emmy Award). Concert: Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, Kanye West, Sia, Mariah Carey, Andrea Boccelli. Extensive Off-Broadway, regional theatre, hospitality, event and experience design. Dad: Stella and Vivian.
Peter Nigrini - Projection Designer
Broadway: An Act of God; The Heidi Chronicles; The Best Man; Fela!; 9 to 5. Elsewhere: The SpongeBob Musical (Chicago); Grounded and Here Lies Love (Public Theater); Far From Heaven (Playwrights); Notes From Underground (TFNA); Grace Jones Hurricane Tour; Don Giovanni (Santa Fe); Blind Date (Bill T. Jones). For Nature Theater of Oklahoma: No Dice and Life & Times (Burgtheater, Vienna). Currently: Amélie (Ahmanson Theatre),
Monsoon Wedding (Berkeley Rep), The Skin of Our Teeth (TFNA).
Emily Rebholz - Costume Designer
Broadway: Oh, Hello; If/Then; Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Recent Off-Broadway: Indecent (Vineyard Theatre), Dear Evan Hansen, The Way We Get By (Second Stage), The Robber Bridegroom (Roundabout Theatre), The Tempest, Into The Woods (Shakespeare in the Park), Pretty Filthy (The Civilians), Our Lady of Kibeho (Signature), and Yardbird (Apollo Theater). Recent Regional Theater and Opera: Don Giovanni (Santa Fe Opera), La Boheme (Opera Theater of Saint Louis), Another Word For Beauty (The Goodman Theater), and Othello (Shakespeare DC). In New York her additional designs have been seen at Playwrights Horizons, Second Stage, Lincoln Center, MCC, The Atlantic Theater Company, Rattlestick, The Women’s Project, and many more. MFA: Yale University. emilyrebholz.com
Japhy Weideman - Lighting Designer
Broadway: Bright Star, The Visit (Tony Nom), The Nance (Tony Nom), Of Mice and Men (Tony Nom), Airline Highway (Tony Nom), Sylvia, Old Times, The Heidi Chronicles, Macbeth (Drama Desk Nom), Cyrano de Bergerac, and The Snow Geese. Off-Broadway: Lincoln Center Theatre, The Public Theatre, NYTW, Second Stage, Playwrights Horizons, MTC, MCC, LAByrinth, and The Vineyard. Opera: Don Giovanni, Life is a Dream (Santa Fe Opera); Manchurian Candidate, Doubt (Minnesota Opera). International: West End, Royal Shakespeare Co (Stratford), La Scala (Milan), Nederlands Opera (Amsterdam), Edinburgh International Festival.
Nevin Steinberg - Sound Designer
Recent Broadway: Bright Star, Hamilton, It Shoulda Been You, Mothers and Sons, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Tony nomination), The Performers, Magic/Bird. Off-Broadway: Hamilton (The Public Theater), The Landing (The Vineyard Theatre), Far From Heaven (Playwrights Horizons). Nevin is the Audio Consultant for Carnegie Hall’s Isaac Stern Auditorium. Over thirty Broadway productions as a former founding principal of Acme Sound Partners and five additional Tony nominations for The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Fences, Hair, and In The Heights.
David Brian Brown - Hair Design
Broadway highlights: Frozen, War Paint (Drama Desk Award), She Loves Me, The Curious Incident…, If/Then, The Bridges of Madison County, Macbeth, The Nance, Death of a Salesman, Follies, Sister Act; Arcadia, A Steady Rain, Shrek, The Little Mermaid, Legally Blonde, Spamalot, Tarzan, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Nine, Gypsy, Sweet Smell of Success, The Invention of Love, Aida, The Iceman Cometh, Chicago, Side Show, Steel Pier. Film/TV: “Peter Pan Live!” NBC, “The Sound of Music Live!” NBC, It’s Complicated, “Angels in America” (Emmy-nominated), To Wong Foo….
Ben Cohn - Musical Director
Broadway: Wicked (assistant conductor), The Woman in White, …Spelling Bee, Wonderful Town, In My Life. Pre-Broadway: The Book of Mormon, 9 to 5, Anastasia, Finding Neverland. MD for Clay Aiken, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 21 Chump Street, Stephanie J. Block, BCEFA. Ben’s arrangements have been heard on TV, albums, concerts, theme parks and cruise lines. Ithaca and NYU grad. Love to Sean and Allister.
Tara Rubin Casting / Lindsay Levine, C.S.A. - Casting Director
Selected Broadway: Falsettos (upcoming); Miss Saigon; A Bronx Tale; Falsettos; Cats; Disaster!; School of Rock; Dr Zhivago; It Shoulda Been You; Gigi; Bullets Over Broadway; Aladdin; Les Misérables; Mothers and Sons; Big Fish; The Heiress; How to Succeed..; A Little Night Music; Billy Elliot; Shrek; Guys and Dolls; Young Frankenstein; The Little Mermaid; Mary Poppins; Spamalot; …Spelling Bee; The Producers; Mamma Mia!; Jersey Boys; The Phantom of the Opera. Off-Broadway: Terms of Endearment; The Band’s Visit; Here Lies Love; Old Jews Telling Jokes; Love, Loss, and What I Wore. Regional: Yale Repertory Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, Bucks County Playhouse.
Judith Schoenfeld - Production Stage Manager
Judith Schoenfeld has been a part of Dear Evan Hansen at Arena Stage in DC and here in New York at Second Stage.
Broadway: IF/THEN, Next to Normal, Grey Gardens. Off-Broadway: Productions at Second Stage Theatre, The Public Theater, Playwrights Horizons, New York Theatre Workshop, Theatre for a New Audience, Mabou Mines, and Classic Stage Company. Additional work Williamstown Theater Festival, Lincoln Center Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, The Royal Shakespeare Company, Goodspeed Opera House, Arena Stage, Dallas Theatre Center and Great Lakes Theatre Festival. She is a graduate the University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Brendan M. Fay - Stage Manager
Broadway: Paramour, Bright Star, Jersey Boys. Off-Broadway: Notes from the Field (Second Stage), Dry Powder (The Public), Spamilton, The American Pilot (MTC), Forbidden Broadway, Mr. President. Tour: I Love You, You’re Perfect…; Forbidden Broadway/Hollywood. Major Regional: Gotta Dance, Jersey Boys, Princesses.
Danielle Buccino - Assistant Stage Manager
Graduate of Wagner College. Off-Broadway: Dear Evan Hansen, The Substance of Fire (Second Stage Theatre);The Select (The Sun Also Rises); Things of Dry Hours (NYTW). Many thanks to my friends and family for their continued love and support.