Gaten Matarazzo Will Return to Broadway in DEAR EVAN HANSEN


Gaten Matarazzo | Photo: Theo Wargo/Getty Images

Dan Meyer
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May 25, 2022 10:58 AM

Let’s hope the Upside Down stays away from NYC. Stranger Things star Gaten Matarazzo will return to the Great Bright Way this summer as Jared Kleinman in the Broadway company of Dear Evan Hansen. The popular teen will join the cast July 19 at the Music Box Theatre, where the Tony-winning musical has played since 2017.

Also returning to Dear Evan Hansen on the same day are Ann Sanders as Cynthia Murphy, Noah Kieserman as Connor Murphy, and Ciara Alyse Harris as Alana Beck.

“Words could never express how truly honored I am to be a part of this company,” said Matarazzo. “This show has taught me so much about myself and to be able to participate in any capacity, let alone on Broadway, makes me want to melt. I am ecstatic to be back on stage and eternally grateful for the opportunity.”

Best known for his portrayal of the lovable, goofy, and fierce Dustin on the hit Netflix thriller series, Matarazzo made his Broadway debut in 2011 as Benji in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. He later appeared as Gavroche in the 2014 revival of Les Misérables, a role he also played on the 25th Anniversary North American tour. Now 19 years old, the performer devotes time to raising awareness about cleidocranial dysplasia—a condition that affects the development of bones and teethlaunched CCD Smiles, a Foundation built to help families pay their children’s dental bills.

The current company of Dear Evan Hansen includes Zachary Noah Piser, Talia Simone Robinson, Jessica Phillips, Christiane Noll, David Jeffery, Manoel Felciano, Jared Goldsmith, and Phoebe Koyabe, and Linedy Genao, Nathan Levy, Mateo Lizcano, Dan Macke, Jane Pfitsch, D’Kaylah Unique Whitley, Asa Somers, Josh Strobl, and Nicole Van Giesen.

Dear Evan Hansen reopened on Broadway late last year and currently has three productions running across the globe with a North American tour and West End production all playing in tandem.

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Dan Meyer

Dan joins Theatrely after previously serving as an Assistant Editor at Playbill. His favorite musicals are fast, historical, and witty, like Six, Cabaret, and Sweeney Todd. He likes his plays dark and funny.