Ben Levi Ross finished his run starring in Broadway's "Dear...

Ben Levi Ross finished his run starring in Broadway's "Dear Evan Hansen" in May. Credit: Matt Murphy

"Dear Evan Hansen," the Broadway smash that racked up six Tony Awards in 2017, will play its final performance at the Music Box Theatre on Sept. 18, the show's producers announced Tuesday.

The show, which follows the plight of an awkward high schooler who pens a letter that is mistaken for a classmate's suicide note, opened in December 2016 and became an immediate hit with both critics and audiences. Evan became a star-making role for Ben Platt, who originated the part and won a best actor Tony. When the show closes, it will have played 1,678 regular performances and 21 previews.

Since Platt left the show in November 2017, seven other actors have portrayed Evan, including Long Islander Andrew Barth Feldman. The Woodmere actor was 16 when he began his yearlong run in the musical in January 2019. Ben Levi Ross played Evan from late March until mid-May.

Last month, it was announced that "Stranger Things" star Gaten Matarazzo will join "Dear Evan Hansen" on July 19 in the role of Jared Kleinman, the title character's sort-of best friend. Stephen Christopher Anthony, who stars as Evan on the North American tour, will play the role on Broadway starting Aug. 9.

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