- Filipino American actor Zachary Noah Piser became the first Asian American actor to take on the title role of Evan full-time in “Dear Evan Hansen.”
- “Dear Evan Hansen,” which tells the story of a high school loner named Evan who struggles to connect with his classmates, was penned by the Tony-winning composing team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.
- Piser is set to play the role beginning on Tuesday at the Music Box Theatre in New York City.
- “Being the first Asian American actor to tell Evan’s story means everything to me, and I hope this milestone allows any and all AAPI folks to feel seen, heard, and valued,” Piser said about the role.
Zachary Noah Piser is making Broadway history for being the first Asian American actor to take on the title role of Evan full-time in “Dear Evan Hansen.”
The Filipino American actor, who describes himself as a “Queer Asian Jew,” is taking over the role from Ben Levi Ross beginning on Tuesday at the Music Box Theatre in New York City. He is set to play the role through Aug. 7.
Filipino American singer and actress Lea Salonga received her first Grammy nomination for her work on a Broadway musical album, “Once on This Island.”
The show which also won Best Musical Revival at this year’s Tony Awards, is nominated for Best Musical Theater Album.