Stephen Christopher Anthony will assume the title role in the North American tour of the Tony-winning Dear Evan Hansen full-time beginning September 17.
Anthony, who will succeed Ben Levi Ross, has covered the role on Broadway and currently performs as the Evan Hansen alternate on tour.
“I am thrilled that Stephen Christopher Anthony will be taking over the role of Evan as our national tour continues into its second year,” director Michael Greif said. “Stephen brings incredible humor, wit, musical virtuosity, and extraordinary emotional depth to the role of Evan. We were supremely fortunate that Stephen was our Evan alternate our first season, and even more fortunate that he will now be playing the role.”
Additional casting for the second year of the tour will be announced at a later date. For the full schedule, ticket information, and more, visit DearEvanHansen.com/tour.
Ross, currently starring in the title role, will continue through engagements in Pittsburgh (May 21–26), Minneapolis (May 28–June 9), Cleveland (June 11–June 30), Greenville (July 2–7), Boston (July 10–August 4), Washington, D.C. (August 6–September 8), and Nashville (September 10–15). Anthony will begin performances as Evan full-time in Columbus.
Dear Evan Hansen, which continues its acclaimed Broadway run at the Music Box Theatre, features a score by the Tony- and Oscar-winning songwriting team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (Dogfight, A Christmas Story), a book by Tony winner Steven Levenson (Fosse/Verdon), and choreography by Danny Mefford (Fun Home).