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Adam Penford will direct the forthcoming tour of the Tony-winning musical.

The upcoming U.K. tour of the Olivier- and Tony-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen is collaborating with TikTok to find the next generation of talent for the upcoming production.

As previously reported, Nottingham Playhouse Artistic Director Adam Penford will direct the new staging, which will play the Nottingham venue September 9–28 prior to embarking on a U.K. tour.

This opportunity is open for every part in the show, including the title role. Applications from performers of all gender identities, with or without formal training, are welcome. Those interested should upload a video on TikTok singing any number from the Tony-winning score with the hashtag #YouWillBeFound, before submitting the entry formally via

Video applications will be accepted through February 11. Entrants must be 18 or older and based in the U.K. or Ireland. The casting team will subsequently review videos and invite those chosen for a formal audition process at a central London location.

Director Penford said in a statement, “Dear Evan Hansen is about celebrating what you bring to the world as a unique individual. It's very exciting to be collaborating with TikTok to provide a platform for those who love the musical as much as I do to sing these beautiful songs. We can't wait to see who is out there."

Head of Entertainment TikTok UK and IE Ed Lindeman added, “Dear Evan Hansen is already a huge hit with the TikTok community, with thousands of people sharing creations using the much-loved soundtrack. We are delighted that the producers have recognized this and are now turning to TikTok to uncover up-and-coming talent for the touring show. At TikTok, we’re committed to supporting theatre and the creative industries, TikTok is a platform where creativity is discovered, and emerging talent can really thrive; we can't wait to see who will be found!"

Semester by Semester: A Look Back at the Evans of Broadway's Dear Evan Hansen

Dear Evan Hansen features a score by the Tony- and Oscar-winning songwriting team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (Dogfight, A Christmas Story) and a book by Tony winner Steven Levenson (tick, tick...BOOM! movie).

Dear Evan Hansen began previews at the Music Box November 14, 2016, prior to an official opening December 4. The musical was nominated for nine 2017 Tony Awards, winning six: Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score, Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Ben Platt), Best Featured Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Rachel Bay Jones), and Best Orchestrations. The international hit musical reopened its Broadway production December 11, 2021, 21 months after the COVID shutdown. The Broadway staging played its final performance September 18, 2022, at the Music Box Theatre. At closing, it had played 1,678 regular performances and 21 preview performances, making it one of the 50 longest-running shows in Broadway history.

The Dear Evan Hansen film premiered in September 2021. Platt reprised his Tony-winning performance in the title role opposite Julianne Moore, Amy Adams, Danny Pino, Kaitlyn Dever, Amandla Stenberg, Colton Ryan, and Nik Dodani.

Dear Evan Hansen is presented by ATG Productions and Nottingham Playhouse by arrangement with Music Theatre International.


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