Ben Levi Ross plays a high school senior thrust into the spotlight by a lie that takes over his life in “Dear Evan Hansen.” CONTRIBUTED/MATTHEW MURPHY

‘Dear Evan Hansen’ set attendance, gross records during Fox debut

“Dear Evan Hansen” wrapped its inaugural Atlanta appearance on Sunday and left behind a few milestones along with a sold-out series of emotionally exhausted audiences.

The show, brought to the Fox Theatre by Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta, scored the highest weekly gross among its three productions currently touring North America, as well as the honor of the largest nightly audience ever for the production.

The Fox Theatre holds about 4,600. 

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“Dear Evan Hansen” also broke the Atlanta box office record for the highest-grossing week of an eight-performance engagement at the Fox. During the show’s April 23-28 run, it earned $2.86 million. 

The national tour, which kicked off in September, recouped its investment after only 12 weeks on tour, an anomaly in the volatile theater business. 

“Dear Evan Hansen” won a sextet of Tony Awards in 2017. The show continues to play to a sold-out house on Broadway; for the week ending April 28, it brought in $1.36 million, according to The Broadway League. 

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Melissa Ruggieri
Melissa Ruggieri
Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff writer Melissa Ruggieri covers music and entertainment news for the AJC. She remembers when MTV was awesome.