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DEAR EVAN HANSEN announces West End cast for Blackpool Grand!

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Today is A Good Day! The West End is coming to Blackpool! The smash-hit stage musical phenomenon DEAR EVAN HANSEN has announced a top West End cast the brand-new production of the six-time Tony Award, Grammy Award and Olivier Award-winning Best Musical. Don’t be Waving Through a Window! Book your seats now!

Top West End performers including Ryan Kopel (Newsies), Lauren Conroy (Into The Woods) and Alice Fearn (Wicked, Come From Away) will star in the multi award-winning musical DEAR EVAN HANSEN at Blackpool Grand Theatre in 2025!

Don’t be ‘on the outside looking in’ for this unmissable theatrical treat… Book your tickets now!

 

Ryan Kopel as Evan Hansen
Ryan Kopel as Evan Hansen

Dear Evan Hansen will visit Blackpool Grand Theatre for ONE WEEK ONLY from Tuesday 20 May to Saturday 24 May 2025 starring Ryan Kopel (Newsies) playing the iconic role of Evan Hansen, alongside Lauren Conroy (Into The Woods) as Zoe Murphy and Alice Fearn (Wicked, Come From Away) as Evan’s mum, Heidi.

Lauren Conroy as Zoe Murphy
Lauren Conroy as Zoe Murphy

The talented trio 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 social media sensation Sonny Monaghan (discovered via TikTok) as the alternate Evan.

Sonny Monaghan as the alternate Evan.
Sonny Monaghan as the alternate Evan.

The casting team collaborated with the international social media platform TikTok during the audition process, inviting TikTok users to upload a video of themselves singing any number from the show. Over 2000 videos were submitted and of those, just 36 TikTok users were invited to in-person auditions with Sonny Monaghan winning over the judges to be cast as the alternate Evan and will perform the role twice a week at every matinee performance!

This is also the first production of Dear Evan Hansen in the UK to perform the show with an ensemble cast comprising Lara Beth-Sas, Will Forgrave, Daniel Forrester, Jessica Lim, Sonny Monaghan and Shakira Simpson.

Meet Evan: an anxious high school kid who wants nothing more than to fit in. The thing is, on his way to fitting in, he didn’t tell the whole truth. And now must give up on a life he never dreamt he’d have. As events spiral and the truth comes out, Evan faces a reckoning with himself and everyone around him…

DEAR EVAN HANSEN features a book by Tony Award winner Steven Levenson and a score by Grammy, Tony, Olivier and Academy Award winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land, The Greatest Showman). This exciting new production is directed by Adam Penford (Artistic Director at Nottingham Playhouse) and is packed with some of the biggest musical theatre songs of the decade including You Will Be Found, Anybody Have a Map?  and Sincerely, Me.

Director, Adam Penford, said:

I am beyond thrilled with the talented cast we have assembled. An exciting mix of musical theatre legends and rising stars. It’s been nine years since the original show premiered, and it’s an honour to be the first production to reimagine this powerful story through a contemporary lens.

The production is also delighted to announce its partnership with The Mix, the UK’s leading digital charity for under 25-year-olds.  The show deals with sensitive topics, very relevant to young people today, and this partnership will ensure that anyone affected by the issues explored in the show knows where to find support.

The Mix will provide training to the cast and creative team on how to appropriately respond to queries from the public, both online and offline, and equip them with the knowledge to direct individuals to the right support channels. The partnership also aims to create engaging and informative content to help elevate and empower young people at a time when they need it most. This will include resources and tips on essential life skills for transitioning into adulthood. www.themix.org.uk

Grab your tickets now for this critically acclaimed and incredibly heartfelt musical before they Disappear!

DEAR EVAN HANSEN is at Blackpool Grand Theatre from Tuesday 20 May to Saturday 24 May 2025 with evening and matinee performances. Tickets from £27.50 with no concessions available for this show. Age Guidance 12+

Please call the Grand Theatre Box Office on 01253 290190 or visit www.BlackpoolGrand.co.uk for full listings, bookings and further information.

And don’t forget! You can pre-book bottles of ice-chilled sparkling Prosecco, fragrant fresh flowers and delicious chocolate truffles to treat your loved ones to the theatrical experience of a lifetime!

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