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- Dear Evan Hansen
The winner of six Tony Awards including Best Musical, Dear Evan Hansen is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it. Hailed by critics and audiences alike, Dear Evan Hansen features a book by Tony Award winner Steven Levenson, a score by Academy Award winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, and direction by four time Tony Award nominee Michael Greif.
The Music Box Theatre was constructed because of an offer Sam H. Harris, a well-known producer, made to his friend Irving Berlin in 1919. Harris proposed that if the songwriter would create a musical revue, he would find a venue for it. Berlin wrote The Music Box Revue and the Music Box was constructed to house the show in 1920. For each of the next four years, Berlin wrote a completely new version of the show. Designed by Charles Howard Crane and E. George Kiehler, the theatre has delicate, jewel-like qualities. It was constructed in the Neo-Georgian style, more in the style of a country home than a standard theatrical style. In the 1920s, the Shuberts began obtaining shares of the theatre from Harris. In 1941, Harris died and his wife sold half the shares in the theatre to the Shuberts, and half to Berlin. Berlin and Shubert obtained equal ownership of the theatre from that point on. Berlin sold his share of the theatre to the Shuberts in 2007.