Producer Stacey Mindich might well be singing, "It takes a little patience, takes a little time. A little perseverance and a little uphill climb," having announced today that the London production of Dear Evan Hansen, which won the 2020 Olivier Award for Best Musical, will reopen at the Noël Coward Theatre on 26 October 2021, with tickets on sale to the public from 18 May.
“We hope that Dear Evan Hansen’s message of human connection and acceptance will feel more vital than ever”.
The Broadway production will open on 11 December 2021 when the Tony Award-winning Best Musical will return to its home at the Music Box Theatre five years after its original Broadway opening. Greensboro, North Carolina is the fortunate location for the relaunch and third year of the record-breaking North American Tour on 7 December with more than thirty cities across the US and Canada included in the 2021/22 season. Tickets for these are already on sale.
Commenting on the breakthrough Mindich said, “It’s a remarkable feeling to put plans in place to relaunch all three Dear Evan Hansen companies, though we, like everyone in the theater industry, are facing considerable challenges. We will proceed safely and smartly to ensure a safe and equitable workplace for everyone when we return, and protect our cast, crew and audiences amidst a world forever changed and continuously evolving due to both the global pandemic and the cultural and racial reckoning”.
With the help of their not-for-profit charity partners in the UK and the USA, all three productions will hold a special night in their first weeks of performances to honour mental health care workers and volunteers, who will be invited to attend as guests.
“Mental well-being has become a core part of our show’s narrative over the years, and we hear from so many audience members about how the show has helped them on their own journeys to mental wellness…. we want to honour the mental health care workers and volunteers who have worked tirelessly through these trying times,” Mindich said.
All these plans are in line with the guidance given by governments. Obtaining government-backed contingency insurance to protect against further unscheduled closures remains a priority for the production team. Meanwhile, we can join Mindich in saying, “We hope that Dear Evan Hansen’s message of human connection and acceptance will feel more vital than ever”.