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International News Cast Complete for Nottingham Playhouse's New Production of Dear Evan Hansen

Adam Penford will direct the Tony-winning musical.

Ryan Kopel and Alice Fearn

Casting is now complete for Ambassador Theatre Group Productions and Nottingham Playhouse's new staging of the Olivier- and Tony-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen.

Directed by Nottingham Playhouse Artistic Director Adam Penford, the show, as previously reported, will play the Nottingham venue September 9–28 prior to embarking on a U.K. tour with the same company.

The cast will be led by Ryan Kopel (Newsies) as Evan Hansen, alongside Lauren Conroy (Into the Woods) as Zoe Murphy and Alice Fearn (Wicked, Come From Away) as Evan’s mom, Heidi.

They will be joined by Helen Anker (Mamma Mia!) as Cynthia Murphy, Richard Hurst (The Lion King) as Larry Murphy, Killian Thomas Lefevre (Bat Out of Hell) as Connor Murphy, Tom Dickerson (Heathers) as Jared Kleinman, Vivian Panka (9 to 5 the Musical) as Alana Beck, and Sonny Monaghan as alternate Evan plus ensemble members Lara Beth-Sas, Will Forgrave, Daniel Forrester, Jessica Lim, Sonny Monaghan, and Shakira Simpson. This new staging is the first to feature an ensemble.

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Director Penford said in an earlier statement, “Dear Evan Hansen has thrilled audiences on both sides of the Atlantic since it first premiered in 2015. Evan's powerful story grips and moves people, told through a captivating script and musical score. This first, major, new and exciting U.K. production offers the opportunity to reexamine some of its contemporary themes and present this brand-new version to Nottingham and around the U.K.”

The upcoming production will also have set and costume design by Morgan Large, choreography by Carrie-Anne Ingrouille, lighting design by Matt Daw, sound design by Tom Marshall, video design by Ravi Deepres, musical supervision by Matt Smith, casting by Natalie Gallacher for Pippa Ailion and Natalie Gallacher Casting, associate direction by Michelle Payne, and orchestral management by Laura Llewellyn-Jones.

Dear Evan Hansen features a score by the Tony- and Oscar-winning songwriting team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (Dogfight, A Christmas Story) and a book by Tony winner Steven Levenson (tick, tick...BOOM! movie).

Dear Evan Hansen began previews at the Music Box November 14, 2016, prior to an official opening December 4. The musical was nominated for nine 2017 Tony Awards, winning six: Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score, Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Ben Platt), Best Featured Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Rachel Bay Jones), and Best Orchestrations. The international hit musical reopened its Broadway production December 11, 2021, 21 months after the COVID shutdown. The Broadway staging played its final performance September 18, 2022, at the Music Box Theatre. At closing, it had played 1,678 regular performances and 21 preview performances, making it one of the 50 longest-running shows in Broadway history.

The Dear Evan Hansen film premiered in September 2021. Platt reprised his Tony-winning performance in the title role opposite Julianne Moore, Amy Adams, Danny Pino, Kaitlyn Dever, Amandla Stenberg, Colton Ryan, and Nik Dodani.

Dear Evan Hansen is presented by ATG Productions and Nottingham Playhouse by arrangement with Music Theatre International.


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