Phoenix Best Joins Cast of Broadway’s Dear Evan Hansen
Best succeeds Kristolyn Lloyd in the role of Alana in the Tony-winning musical.
Taylor Trensch Talks Playing ‘EVAN’ with NY1
Frank DiLella catches up with Taylor Trensch, the new star of “Dear Evan Hansen” about taking on the title role.
Taylor Trensch on stepping into Dear Evan Hansen’s demanding title role
Trensch spoke with EW from Twitter’s headquarters in New York, reflecting on Hansen‘s enduring success as well as his own relationship to the show.
“ONE OF THE MOST REMARKABLE SHOWS IN MUSICAL THEATER HISTORY.”
“A POWERFUL ANTHEM.
Dear Evan Hansen is an emotionally-charged phenomenon that has taken Broadway by storm.”
“A GAME-CHANGER THAT HITS YOU LIKE A SHOT IN THE HEART.
Funny, soulful, touching and vital , it stays raw from first scene to last and takes a piece out of you. It’s the best musical of the Broadway season, by a mile.”
“AN INSPIRING ANTHEM RESONATING ON BROADWAY AND BEYOND.”
“BRILLIANT AND BEAUTIFUL.
It’s been a long time since there’s been a musical as touching as this one, both topical and timeless, and featuring adolescent pleas for understanding that are as old as the human race. Yet never before have the implications of our 21st century social media been better explored.”
“An important and seriously delightful addition to the 21st century musical!
Dear Evan Hansen arrives on Broadway with ‘the next big thing’ written all over it—and deservedly so. The show is superb—original, sensitive, provocative, and endearing.”
“The score soars, bringing us along with it.
Dear Evan Hansen is an intimate show with a gigantic heart.”
"DEAR EVAN HANSEN BELONGS IN THAT PANTHEON OF MUSICALS
that lovers of the form seek to experience over and over again.”
“Terrific. Gripping. Heartfelt."
“Extraordinary and thrillingly contemporary.
This astonishing and intensely beautiful new
musical not only understands what it means to be 17 years old today, it
observes with singular honesty how warped our understanding of
community has become. With a spectacularly rich book and a score that
brings tears to your eyes, it’s the best Broadway show of the year.”
“When musical drama clicks, an amazing fusion event occurs;
and the story enlarge each other in the process of becoming inseparable.
Dear Evan Hansen is so fine in its craft and rich in its gathering of
themes that, like the best works of any genre, it rewards being seen again
— and again.”
“SMARTLY CRAFTED, EMOTIONALLY OPEN-HEARTED AND IDEALLY CAST.
Dear Evan Hansen has been embraced by
millennials—yet its appeal is universal. Whatever your age, you’ll watch
“Dear Evan Hansen” with the shock of recognition, and be touched by
the honesty with which it portrays the smothering sensation of being an
adolescent misfit trapped in a world of self-assured winners.”
“DEAR EVAN HANSEN, THANKS FOR FINDING US. WE'VE BEEN WAITING FOR A MUSICAL LIKE YOU.
This heart-scorching musical about the struggle to
connect feels like a hallmark of this particular moment in history. It’s an
old-school interactive experience in which you show up in person and sit
very close to whomever you came with. It’s a visceral exchange, one that
feels primal and rare.”
“That rare show that connects and enlightens all of us!
As deeply universal and utterly compelling as anything you’re
likely to see on stage.”
“The #1 new musical on Broadway!”
“The best Broadway show of 2016.
Astonishing and intensely beautiful.”
A heart-rending hit blending tears and laughter.”
“Delivers letter perfect notes. Bravo!”
“Triumphant and beautiful.”
“A dazzling reminder of the power of live theater!
A Broadway star is born!”