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'Dear Evan Hansen' is the fastest show to sell out in ASU Gammage history

"Dear Evan Hansen." Photo credit: Matthew Murphy

August 28, 2018

ASU Gammage announced today that the Tony Award-winning musical "Dear Evan Hansen" set a new record for fastest sellout of a show at the historic Frank Lloyd Wright theater by selling out of all available tickets during the show’s fan presale, leaving no tickets for the general public onsale.

Demand for "Dear Evan Hansen" and the Broadway season at ASU Gammage reached new levels this year and the show sold out in less than an hour.

"Dear Evan Hansen" will have a lottery in conjunction with the show’s run Nov. 27 to Dec. 2. Details will be announced closer to the engagement. 

“This is the first for ASU Gammage as we’re sold out before going on sale,” said Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, executive director of ASU Gammage and ASU vice president for cultural affairs. “The demand for Broadway tickets is bigger than ever and after selling out season tickets two years in a row we knew 'Dear Evan Hansen' would be the hottest ticket in town.” 

"Dear Evan Hansen" was due to go on sale at at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 10 along with "Disney's Aladdin," "Hello, Dolly!" starring Betty Buckley, "The Book of Mormon," "On Your Feet," "The Play That Goes Wrong," "Rent," and "Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." 

The winner of six 2017 Tony Awards, including best musical, "Dear Evan Hansen" features a book by Tony Award-winner Steven Levenson, a score by Grammy-, Tony- and Academy Award-winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul ("La La Land," "The Greatest Showman"), and direction by four-time Tony Award nominee Michael Greif ("Rent," "Next to Normal"). 

Declared “one of the most remarkable shows in musical theater history” by the Washington Post’s Peter Marks, "Dear Evan Hansen" opened at the Music Box Theatre to rave reviews on Dec. 4, 2016, where it’s broken all box office records and struck a chord with critics and audiences alike.

In addition to winning six Tony awards, "Dear Evan Hansen" has won numerous other awards, including the 2017 Drama League Award for outstanding musical production and for the off-Broadway production, two Obie Awards, a Drama Desk Award, and two Outer Critics Circle Awards and two Helen Hayes Awards. The show’s original cast recently won a Daytime Emmy Award for best musical performance on a daytime talk show for their April 2017 performance of “You Will Be Found” on NBC’s “Today Show,” only the second Broadway show in history to win that category.

The Grammy Award-winning original broadway cast recording of "Dear Evan Hansen," produced by Atlantic Records, was released in February 2017, making an extraordinary debut on the Billboard 200 and entering the chart at No. 8 — the highest charting debut position for an original cast album since 1961 — and went on to win the 2018 Grammy Award for best musical theater album.  

A special edition coffee table book authored by Levenson, Pasek and Paul, "Dear Evan Hansen: Through the Window" (Grand Central Publishing/Melcher) is now available, offering an in-depth, all-access look at the musical, including never-before-seen production photos and cast portraits, behind-the-scenes stories, and a fully annotated script by the authors.

In addition to the touring production and the record-breaking Broadway production, "Dear Evan Hansen" will launch its first international production in Canada in March 2019 at Toronto’s Royal Alexandra Theatre.

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