12 Amazing Musicals Like Dear Evan Hansen

Have you been low-key obsessing over Dear Evan Hansen since you first listened to the cast recording or saw the musical? Are you a so-called, “Fansen”? Well join the club (there actually is one)! It can be exciting to find that new musical that gets your blood pumping and turns bad days into good ones. But what do you do when you’ve listened to the songs one too many times? Find some new and wonderful musicals like Dear Evan Hansen to fill the void! And that’s exactly why we’ve put together this list of 12 of our favorite musicals like Dear Evan Hansen. 

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1. Next to Normal

There are many similarities between Dear Evan Hansen and Next to Normal. Most notably, there are a couple of big overlapping themes such as mental health and teenage struggles. And in addition to that, if you love the music from Dear Evan Hansen, you’ll probably love the music from Next to Normal too.

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2. Be More Chill

If you’re looking to get into another musical that focuses on relateable teenage struggles, Be More Chill might be your best bet! Be More Chill also deals with high school social status, awkwardness, and the idea of not fitting in. That said, it seems to be missing the gorgeously emotional score that you probably love in Dear Evan Hansen.

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3. Spring Awakening

Continuing on with teenage themes, Spring Awakening is a must for all “Fansens”! The music is gorgeous, emotional, and filled with touching moments, just like the music of Dear Evan Hansen. And just like DEH, the music is gorgeous is similarly gorgeous.

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4. Dogfight

This musical is not similar to DEH in terms of story or themes. However, it is written by Pasek and Paul – the duo who wrote Dear Evan Hansen. Because of that, you’ll find a good number of similarities in the music itself. So if you’re just looking for something similar in terms of musicality, give this one a whirl!

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5. A Christmas Story

A Christmas Story has made the list for the same reasons as above (mainly because it’s written by Pasek and Paul). So again, this is not a musical like Dear Evan Hansen in terms of story. But if you like the music in DEH, you’ll probably like the music in A Christmas Story. 

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6. 13

So flipping things around, 13 is not really that similar to Dear Evan Hansen in terms of musicality. But it is similar in that it also deals with teenage themes, coming of age, and young relationships. Also, the lead’s name is Evan, so they have that in common too!

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7. The Last Five Years

If you love Dear Evan Hansen for the emotionally gorgeous songs throughout, chances are pretty high that you’re going to like The Last Five Years as well. Although the story is in no way similar, there is a vibe in the music that parallels the one in DEH.

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8. Come From Away

Come From Away made the list for the uniquely beautiful music and the raw emotional moments. If you loved that genuine nature of Dear Evan Hansen, you should definitely give this musical a go.

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9. Waitress

There is something about the music in Dear Evan Hansen that’s just gentle, genuine, and buttery. Well, the music in Waitress has that same tone to it – buttery, sugary, floury, goodness. Does that make sense, or am I just hungry? Either way, you might just love Waitress if you’re a “Fansen”.

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10. If/Then

And speaking of musical similarities, If/Then has quite a few of them too! The songs are just beautiful, and there are lots of emotional moments you can relish in as well.

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11. Bare

Moving back into the category of musicals that have similar themes to Dear Evan Hansen, Bare is a good one! There are overlapping themes in terms of youth, relationships, and a finding a sense of belonging. And although some of the songs are a bit more rock and roll, others also have that soft musicality that’s more in the style of DEH. 

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12. Newsies

To end on a high note, if you’re simply looking for a musical that has a youthful vibe to it, you can always give Newsies a go! There are even a few moments that might remind you of Dear Evan Hansen as far as the music itself goes. But there’s not so much similarity in the actual story line.

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Which of these musicals like Dear Evan Hansen is your favorite?

If you’re a “Fansen”, we’d love to hear all about your own personal favorite musicals in the comments below!

Stacy Karyn, author of Musicals Like Dear Evan Hansen.
Author: Stacy Karyn

Stacy Karyn is the founder of Theatre Trip, author of The Thespian’s Bucket List, and creator of The Cast Album List. She has a TESOL drama certificate, a BA in theatre, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.


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