Producers of the show cited ‘continued uncertainty’ around when it would be safe to resume performances and stated the show would commence performances ‘as early as possible next year’.
In delaying the shows reopening until 2021, Producers are following suit with other West End productions include Mary Poppins, The Phantom of The Opera, Hamilton and the forthcoming premieres of Frozen and Cinderella.
In an official statement Producers of the show said “Due to the continued uncertainty around timings for a safe return for theatre productions, the producers of Dear Evan Hansen have had to make the very difficult decision to delay the recommencement of performances at the Noël Coward Theatre. Return dates for the production will be planned for as early as practical next year (2021) taking into consideration further advice and guidance from the Government including social distancing measures.
“Patrons will be contacted over the coming weeks with credit vouchers (valid until 31 December 2022) to redeem at their leisure and to use as soon as booking re-opens. Alternatively patrons are entitled to a full refund. Full details can be found at dearevanhansen.com/london.”
The winner of six Tony® awards including Best Musical, as well as the 2018 Grammy award for Best Musical Theatre Album, Dear Evan Hansen is directed by four-time Tony Award nominee Michael Greif, features a book by Tony award-winner Steven Levenson and a score by the Tony, Grammy and Academy Award-winning composers of The Greatest Showman and La La Land, Benj Pasek & Justin Paul.
The cast comprises Sam Tutty as Evan Hansen, Lucy Anderson as Zoe Murphy, Doug Colling as Connor Murphy and Marcus Harman who will play Evan Hansen at certain performances.
The are joined by Rebecca McKinnis (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie) as Heidi Hansen, Lauren Ward (Caroline or Change) as Cynthia Murphy, Rupert Young (High Society) as Larry Murphy, Jack Loxton (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) as Jared Kleinman and Nicole Raquel Dennis (Waitress, Dreamgirls) as Alana Beck as well as Tricia Adele-Turner, David Breeds, Haydn Cox, Natalie Kassanga, Hannah Lindsey, Mark Peachey, Courtney Stapleton, Alex Thomas-Smith and James Winter.
In a rather unfortunate turn of events, it appears that cast members were not informed by Producers of the delayed reopening and found out via social media.
Dear Evan Hansen is a contemporary musical about a socially awkward teenager, who overcomes his inability to connect with people by fabricating a story about a classmate who has suddenly died.