Music Theatre International (MTI) has acquired the licensing rights of the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen, it has been announced.
Declared “one of the most remarkable shows in musical theatre history” by the Washington Post’s Peter Marks, Dear Evan Hansen features a book by Tony Award-winner Steven Levenson (Fosse/Verdon), a score by Grammy®, Tony® and Academy Award® winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land, The Greatest Showman), and direction by four-time Tony Award nominee Michael Greif (Rent, Next to Normal).
The Broadway production won six 2017 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, the Drama League Award for Outstanding Musical Production, two Obie Awards, a Drama Desk Award, two Outer Critics Circle Awards and two Helen Hayes Awards. The London production, currently playing at the Noël Coward Theatre, opened in November 2019, and went on to win three Laurence Olivier Awards, including Best Musical, and Best Original Score.
Drew Cohen, President and CEO of MTI worldwide, remarked, “We are incredibly proud to represent Dear Evan Hansen, a show whose development process I had the privilege of witnessing first-hand. The compelling and relatable story complemented by an outstanding score has won the hearts of audiences and enthusiastic fans of all ages around the world. Audience members and performers alike empathise with the well-drawn characters, their relationships, and the issues they face. MTI customers from theatrical organisations everywhere have been eagerly asking about the availabilty of this Tony and Olivier award-winning Best Musical for years, and we are delighted that Dear Evan Hansen is now officially joining MTI’s family of shows.”
Founded in 1952 by legendary Broadway songwriter Frank Loesser and orchestrator Don Walker, MTI’s catalogue features over 400 titles, represent an array of musicals include Broadway classics (Guys and Dolls, West Side Story); contemporary hits (Mean Girls, Waitress); the ground-breaking works of Stephen Sondheim (Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd); global titles (Mamma Mia!, Matilda the Musical); Cameron Mackintosh-produced hits (Les Misérables, Miss Saigon); Disney (Beauty and the Beast, TheLittle Mermaid); and the Mackintosh and Disney-produced Mary Poppins.
MTI’s London office, overseeing a European market from Iceland to Israel, typically licenses over 5,000 productions a year, from schools and amateur societies to professionals, reaching audiences of more than 6 million annually. MTI is co-owned by Freddie Gershon and Cameron Mackintosh.
Dear Evan Hansen currently has productions in London’s West End, on Broadway, and touring in North America. The London production starring Sam Tutty is currently booking until 22 October 2022 at the Noel Coward Theatre.
Book tickets to Dear Evan Hansen at the Noel Coward Theatre.