Review: ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ is a crowd pleaser at Detroit’s Fisher Theater

"Dear Evan Hansen" photo by Matthew Murphy

Detroit — The Tony award-winning Best Musical “Dear Evan Hansen” is now playing at the Fisher Theater in Detroit from September 27-October 9, 2022.

The musical is about a neurotic, anxiety-provoked teen, Evan Hansen (Anthony Norman) who is raised by a single mother, and  struggles in school to fit in.  He stays in his room going on social media and has no friends.  His therapist gives him an assignment of writing a  letter to himself to give himself confidence to go out in the world and socialize.  The letter mentions that he and Connor Murphy (Nikhil Saboo) were close friends. 

Evan then learns that Connor has taken his own life.  The letter eventually gets in the wrong hands, namely, Connor’s parents.  Instead of admitting the truth, Evan’s lie snowballs and becomes the center of the tragedy.
He eventually becomes the hero and loves it.  So the question is, does he continue to live in the fantasy he created for himself or risk everything and tell the truth?

The musical numbers “Disappear” and “You Will Be Found” were an excellent choice for the musical.  The storyline kept your interest, therefore, I would recommend this musical.

There was a fifteen-minute intermission separating the two acts.  Also there was some foul language during the musical.

Performance times for “Dear Evan Hansen” at the Fisher Theater in Detroit, located at 3011 W. Grand Blvd., is as follows:

  • Tuesday through Saturday evening at 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m.
  • Sunday evening at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets start at $40 (includes facility and parking fee) and can be purchased online at, by phone at 800-982-2787 or in person at the Fisher Theater Box Office.

“Dear Evan Hansen” photo by Matthew Murphy

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