Ben Platt Announces He’s Leaving Tony Award Winning Show “Dear Evan Hansen”

By Becca Brown

Dear Evan Hansen opened on December 4th 2016 and quickly became one of the most talked about Broadway shows because of the meaningful story and song lyrics written by Justin Paul and Benj Pasek.

The show was a favorite heading into the 2017 Tony Awards season and ended up winning SIX out of nine Tony Awards it was nominated for this past summer including Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Actor won by Ben Platt. Less than a year after one of Broadway’s newest hit shows started, star of the show Platt has announced his departure date which will be November 19th. Platt plays Evan Hansen, a teen who lives everyday life with anxiety and finds his chance to fit in, or so he thinks, after fellow classmate Connor commits suicide.

“2 readings, 2 workshops, 3 productions and almost 4 years- hard to fathom that’s it’s nearly time to say goodbye to Evan and my DEH family.” said Platt via Twitter this morning. Platt has played Evan Hansen since 2015 when the role was originated in by him in Washington D.C., portrayed the character during an off-Broadway role at Second Stage in New York, and has now played Evan Hansen for a little less than a year on Broadway.

The show is both adored by critics and fans. The Washington Post has called it “one of the most remarkable shows in musical theater history” while ABC Nightline has referred to it as “an emotionally-charged phenomenon that has taken Broadway by storm.”

Fans have already reacted to the news on Twitter by praising his performance:

News about any other original cast members including Mike Faist, Laura Dreyfuss, Rachel Bay Jones, Kristollyn Lloyd, and Michael Park leaving the show hasn’t been announced. The new actor playing Evan Hansen has also not been announced yet.