NJ’s Gaten Matarazzo returns to Broadway in Dear Evan Hansen

“Good for you”, Gaten Matarazzo! The 19-year-old who grew up in Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey, is returning to Broadway.

Matarazzo got his start over a decade ago starring in ‘Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’ and ‘Les Miserables’. He will now join the cast of “Dear Evan Hansen” as Evan’s family friend Jared Kleinman.

That makes for quite an exciting month for the Jersey boy! The Netflix series “Stranger Things” in which he plays Dustin Henderson returns for its fourth and final season on May 27.

Matarazzo will “be found” at the Music Box Theater from July 19. On the same day, the musical’s company will once again welcome Ann Sanders as Cynthia Murphy, Noah Kieserman as Connor Murphy and Ciara Alyse Harris as Alana Beck.

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“Words could never express how truly honored I am to be a part of this company,” Matarazzo said in a statement. “This show taught me so much about myself and being able to perform in any capacity, let alone Broadway, just makes me want to melt. I’m thrilled to be back on stage and forever grateful for this opportunity.

“Dear Evan Hansen” tells the story of a socially anxious teenager who “invents an important role for himself in a tragedy he didn’t deserve”, as Wikipedia describes it.

The musical won the 2017 Tony Awards, winning Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score, Best Performance by an Actor in a Musical (Ben Platt), Best Performance by a ‘An Actress in a Starring Role (Rachel Bay Jones), and Best Orchestrations.

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I, for one, am especially excited to see how Matarazzo performs the Act I number “Sincerely, Me,” where I’m sure his acting skills will shine.

Welcome on stage, Gaten, break your leg!


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