Ben Platt - Evan Hansen
Ben Platt won the 2017 Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical and the Drama League’s Distinguished Performance Award for his portrayal of Evan Hansen after creating the role at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. and Off-Broadway at Second Stage Theatre (Lucille Lortel Award, Obie Award, Clarence Derwent Award, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League nominations). Platt was the original Elder Cunningham in the Chicago production of The Book of Mormon and reprised the role on Broadway. National tours: Caroline, or Change (dir. George C. Wolfe). Regional credits include The Black Suits (Barrington Stage Company), The Power of Duff (New York Stage and Film), Dead End (dir. Nicholas Martin, Ahmanson Theatre). Concerts: I’m Here (solo show, 54 Below sold-out engagement), The Secret Garden (25th anniversary). Film: Benji Applebaum in Universal Pictures’ smash hits Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2, Ricki and the Flash (dir. Jonathan Demme, starring Meryl Streep), Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (dir. Ang Lee). Upcoming: Drunk Parents, The Female Brain.
Laura Dreyfuss - Zoe Murphy
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. Instagram: @hotdamnitslaura Twitter: @lauradreyfuss
Rachel Bay Jones - Heidi 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 Instagram/Twitter: @rachelbayjones
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
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). Twitter/Insta @park24hrs
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
Kristolyn Lloyd - Alana Beck
“Kristolyn, it doesn’t matter what I tell you. You’re going to do whatever you want.” Sigh, infamous words from my older brother the day after getting my first (and now most regrettable) tattoo. That’s a story for another day. Look, it might’ve been a nicer, fancier way of saying, “You’re stubborn and silly,” but it’s remained my “log line” for life. I, luckily, survived the conservative, clean, suburban streets of Spring, TX and made it to a magical place called Hogwarts. Just kidding, it was Carnegie Mellon University, but same difference. After they gave me my BFA, I skipped outta there to a mystical place called Hollywood, California! This is where the hustle was born. I made some amazing friends (shout out to my peeps Kim & D), rocked fiver killer hairstyles (none of which I regret, thank you. Ok, maybe the bangs were a bad idea. I could be wrong though; scroll my Instagram and let me know @kristolynlloyd), I convinced enough people to hire me, and got to play my dream role of Timoune in Once On This Island. Time flew by and before I knew it was leaving my job of three years on “The Bold And The Beautiful” on CBS. I even got nominated for some pretty cool awards. Look, the last thing I was nominated for was “Best Personality” out of everyone in my senior class in High School. I’m not bragging. But I’m also not not bragging. I lived. I loved. I even leaped out of a plane while living in LA. Nothing, however, has compared to the grit, authenticity, and pace of New York. So that’s me. That was a lot, but chances are, if you’re reading this it’s because you’re a big fan of our show and wanted to know, “Who is this charming, effervescent chick with the coy smile?” Hi! This is usually the part where I thank you for buying my book, but this is not a forward for my personalized autobiography…or is it? *cue coy smile*
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.
Colton Ryan - u/s Evan Hansen, Jared Kleinman, Connor Murphy
Colton Ryan is making his Broadway debut! Recent credits: Freddy in My Fair Lady, Dickon in The Secret Garden (Idaho Shakespeare Festival). Wouldn’t be here without Adrie, Mom, Kaitlyn, Gran, Jeff, Stacy. For Kyle, Poppas, Dad, who are watching from the best seats in the house. Baldwin Wallace University 2017.
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
Rubin Casting / Lindsay Levine, C.S.A.
Steven Levenson - Book Writer
Author of The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin (Roundabout Theatre Company, Outer Critics Circle Award), Core Values (Ars Nova, Drama Desk nomination), Seven Minutes in Heaven (Colt Coeur), The Language of Trees (Roundabout) and the book for Dear Evan Hansen (Second Stage; Obie, Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical and Best Book of a Musical; Arena Stage, Helen Hayes Award). His plays are published by Dramatists Play Service and Playscripts. A graduate of Brown University and former artist in residence at Ars Nova, he is a founding member of Colt Coeur and an alumnus of MCC’s Playwrights Coalition.
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.” 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
Danny Mefford choreographed Fun Home, Bridges of Madison County, and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson on Broadway. His Off-Broadway credits include Much Ado About Nothing and Love’s Labour’s Lost for Shakespeare in the Park; Good Person of Szechwan and February House for The Public Theatre; and Here’s Hoover and Dance Dance Revolution for Les Freres Corbusier. His other work includes The Sound of Music, now touring the country; Miss You Like Hell at La Jolla Playhouse; and Poster Boy at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. He has an MFA in Acting from Brown University/Trinity Rep and a BS in Theatre with a minor in International Studies from the University of Evansville. He has been nominated for Drama Desk, Lortel and Astaire awards for his choreography.
Alex Lacamoire - Music Supervisor & Orchestrations
Alex Lacamoire is a three-time Tony and two-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. @davidkorins
Peter Nigrini - Projection Designer
Peter Nigrini has been, for the past fifteen years, a pioneer in the integration of digital projection technology and live theatre.
Designs include Here Lies Love, conceived and written by David Byrne; FELA!, a musical based on the life of Fela Kuti, the Nigerian pop star and political activist; Grounded, directed by Julie Taymor at the Public Theater; An Act Of God; and the national tour of If/Then. He is also a founding member the New York troupe, Nature Theater of Oklahoma, for which he designs every aspect of their productions including No Dice, Romeo and Juliet, and the multi-part work Life & Times.
In addition to his work in the theater, he also designs for music and dance, including the Grace Jones Hurricane tour and Real Enemies, a 90 minute composition created in with Darcy James Argue, Isaac Butler.
Currently in development are Amélie, a musical based on the 2001 film, The SpongeBob Musical, and an adaptation of Monsoon Wedding.
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: War Paint, 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!,” “The Sound of Music Live!,” It’s Complicated, “Angels in America” (Emmy-nominated), To Wong Foo….
Ben Cohn - Musical Director
Ben was most recently the the Assistant Conductor and Pianist for Wicked on Broadway. He is also the Musical Director/Arranger for American Idol runner up Clay Aiken, Stephanie J. Block, and pop opera recording artist Alfio. Other Broadway credits include: The Woman in White, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, In My Life, and Wonderful Town. Ben has worked on the music teams of The Book of Mormon and 9 to 5 and has conducted many readings and workshops including Anastasia and Finding Neverland. He has arranged and produced music for Disney Cruise Line, Tokyo Disney, Sea World, Busch Gardens and NBC. Ben conducted the Wicked 5th anniversary gala concert, and has Conducted and Arranged The Easter Bonnet and Gypsy of the Year shows for Broadway Cares since 2007. Ben is also an active freelance pianist and composer. He holds degrees from Ithaca college and the NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Ben is really excited to be a part of Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway! He lives in NYC with his husband Sean McDaniel and their son Allister.
Tara Rubin Casting / Lindsay Levine, C.S.A. - Casting Director
Selected Broadway: Falsettos (upcoming); A Bronx Tale (upcoming); 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: 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.