Dear Evan Hansen teams up with TikTok to help cast UK tour

Dear Evan Hansen UK tour poster

The upcoming UK tour of Dear Evan Hansen is joining forces with TikTok to discover fresh talent for the show.

The search for the cast is not limited to the titular role of Evan Hansen. Performers of all gender identities are encouraged to apply, regardless of whether they have formal training.

Aspiring stars are invited to upload a video on TikTok, performing a song from the award-winning production, using the hashtag #YouWillBeFound. For full details and to apply, visit evanontour.com/tiktok.

The window for video submissions is two weeks, starting from today, Monday 29 January, and closing on Sunday 11 February. Entrants must be over 18 and based in the UK or Ireland.

Following the application deadline, the casting team will review all videos. Selected individuals will be invited to a formal audition in central London.

The musical on tour is set to begin at Nottingham Playhouse on 9 September 2024.

Director Adam Penford said: “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.”

Dear Evan Hansen features a score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Oscar-winning composers of The Greatest Showman, and a book by Steven Levenson. The musical has been lauded with several prestigious awards, including the Tony Award for Best Musical, Olivier Award for Best New Musical, and the Grammy® Award for Best Musical Theatre Album.

The story of Evan Hansen, a high school student grappling with anxiety and a longing to fit in, resonates deeply with audiences. The plot thickens as Evan’s efforts to belong lead him to weave a web of untruths, culminating in a profound self-reckoning.

About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.