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FSU Music Theatre Alum Stars in “Dear Evan Hansen” on Broadway

Published September 26, 2019
Stephen Christopher Anthony Courtesy of Playbill

Stephen Christopher Anthony
Courtesy of Playbill

Excerpts courtesy of  Playbill, Written by Andrew Gans

FSU Music Theatre Alum, Stephen Christopher Anthony, assumes the title role in the North American tour of the Tony-winning Dear Evan Hansen full-time beginning September 17.

The FSU College of Music’s Music Theatre Program is designed to create music theatre performers who are truly “triple threats” and who are prepared to work professionally when they have completed the program. Although students study in each area separately, the strength of the program is in its joint nature, allowing students and faculty to explore the connections that unite singing, acting, and dancing. Anthony, who succeeds Ben Levi Ross, covered the role on Broadway and performed 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 in an earlier statement. “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.”

The current touring company also includes Maggie McKenna as Zoe Murphy, Jane Pfitsch as Heidi Hansen, Christiane Noll as Cynthia Murphy, Marrick Smith as Conor Murphy, John Hemphill as Larry Murphy, Jared Goldsmith as Jared Kleinman, Phoebe Koyabe as Alana Beck, and Sam Primack as the Evan Hansen alternate.

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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).