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‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Names Replacements for Ben Platt


Ben Platt, the star of “Dear Evan Hansen,” performing at the Tony Awards in June.

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Ben Platt, who is leaving the hit Broadway musical “Dear Evan Hansen” in November, will be replaced by Noah Galvin, who recently appeared in ABC’s “The Real O’Neals,” and Taylor Trensch, currently starring in “Hello, Dolly!”

The role pushed Mr. Platt to almost immediate stardom. Mr. Platt’s final performance will be Nov. 19, and Mr. Galvin will start filling those shoes on Nov. 21. Mr. Trensch will follow suit in January 2018.

“Evan is such a complex and rewarding role, and I can’t wait to see Noah and Taylor make it their own,” Michael Greif, the show’s director, said Tuesday in a statement. “Nothing excites me more than working with young talent, and both young men are incredibly skilled and surprising performers.”

“Dear Evan Hansen,” a coming-of-age story in the era of social media, was one of the most popular musicals on Broadway this season and won six Tony Awards, including for best musical and best actor for Mr. Platt. When the show debuted, the New York Times critic Charles Isherwood wrote in his review that Mr. Platt “is giving a performance that’s not likely to be bettered on Broadway this season.”

The show also said that much of the rest of the cast will remain intact into next year.

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