"Dear Evan Hansen," the popular Broadway musical about a high schooler with social anxiety that brought home six Tony Awards in June, will come to Shea's Performing Arts Center during its 2018-19 season.
The national tour, announced on Thursday, will launch in October, 2018 in Denver and go on to play 50 cities, including Buffalo, Charlotte, N.C., Chicago and Los Angeles.
" 'Dear Evan Hansen' is a riveting story with beautiful music and a powerful message that has never been more relevant,” said Shea’s President Michael Murphy. “Given its acclaim and success on Broadway, we have often been asked if there are plans to bring it to Buffalo."
Shea's next season is shaping up to be a blockbuster one for local Broadway lovers, as it also features a touring production of "Hamilton," the most popular Broadway show in years.
"For those allergic to synthetic sentiment, rest assured that the show... doesn’t sledgehammer home its affecting story," Christopher Isherwood wrote in his review of the production in The New York Times. "On the contrary, the musical finds endless nuances in the relationships among its characters, and makes room for some leavening humor, too. It is also the rare Broadway musical not derived from or inspired by some other source, which is refreshing in itself."