Billboard on Broadway Podcast: 'Dear Evan Hansen' Returns!

Noah Galvin
Nathan Johnson

Noah Galvin

Having recently passed its one-year mark on Broadway and garnered a Grammy nomination for best musical theater album, the hit musical Dear Evan Hansen is entering into its next stage with new actors replacing original Tony-winning star Ben Platt in the titular role.

Noah Galvin, the first new Evan Hansen following Platt's departure, came by the Billboard on Broadway podcast recently with original cast members Laura Dreyfuss (Zoe Murphy) and Will Roland (Jared Kleinman) to chat about taking on the challenging role and the show's evolution.

"It's scary being the new kid in a juggernaut such as this show, coming in to fill the shoes of Mr. Platt," Galvin says. "At first, coming into this, I wanted so deeply to make my performance as different as possible from Ben's. But upon receiving the script, I was very quick to realize so much of this character lives within Steven Levenson's book. There wasn't much mojo I needed to infuse it with in order to make it my own."

"It's one of those rare scripts where you can say the words and that's almost enough," Dreyfuss agrees. 

Finding onstage chemistry -- Galvin is a constant stage partner for both Dreyfuss and Roland -- has, the three agree, been a surprisingly natural experience. "We're still finessing our back and forth a little bit," Roland says. "But mostly we just do the work onstage and it all happens very organically, which is a testament to the way [Galvin] has stepped into the process... and it shows." 

In their conversation with host Rebecca Milzoff, Galvin, Dreyfuss and Roland go on to discuss what it's like to replace original cast members in a Broadway show, how Galvin prepped for the role, their thoughts on the chart-topping dance club remix of "Waving Through a Window" (with an on-air rendition by Galvin himself) and much more. Listen below:

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