Rising musical theatre star Tyrone Huntley is tipped to play Evan Hansen in London

With the recent un-official confirmation by Daily Mail Show Biz Columnist Baz Bamigboye of the London transfer of Dear Evan Hansen, thoughts have immediately turned to who will play socially awkward teenager Evan Hansen.

Ben Platt in Dear Evan Hansen

Fans of the hit musical had assumed Tony Award winner Ben Platt, who originated the role on Broadway or Taylor Tench who took over from Platt might open the show in London however this is not to be.

Producer Stacey Mindich let it be known they were looking for a British person to lead the cast and they would be using blind casting. In her ‘conversation’ with Bamigboye she said they wanted audiences to feel as close to Evan as possible.

Mindich also ‘dropped’ into conversation that she had been made award of a bell-ringing performance of ‘Waving Through A Window’by Tyrone Huntley at the recent What’s On Stage Awards, though that didn’t mean he would get the role.

Tyrone Huntley in Dreamgirls | Photo: Brinkhoff Mögenburg

Huntley has a growing list of musical theatre credits with stand-out performances playing Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar at the Open Air Theatre and more recently playing C.C. White in the original London production of Dreamgirls. Other West End roles include Motown The Musical and Memphis The Musical at the Shaftesbury Theatre and The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales.

Dear Evan Hansen is a six-time Tony Award winning musical about a socially awkward teenager, who overcomes his inability to connect with people and make friends by fabricating a story about a classmate who has suddenly died.

The contemporary musical has a hit score from Benji Pasek and Justin Paul – the song-writing duo behind the scores to smash-hit films La La Land and Hugh Jackman’s The Greatest Showman.

Dates, venue and casting have yet to be confirmed however this won’t stop us speculating -Tyrone Huntley, 2019!

UPDATE 3/Oct/2018: Dear Evan Hansen will open at the Noel Coward Theatre, London in 2019.

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