A photo of Stacey Mindich '86 with dean Lorraine Branham at the Newhouse convocation breakfast on May 14, 2016.

'Dear Evan Hansen' sweeps Tonys for Broadway producer Stacey Mindich '86

By Lani Diane Rich

June 13, 2017

The Newhouse grad produces the hit, which took six Tony Awards Sunday including Best Musical.

The breakout Broadway hit "Dear Evan Hansen" was the big winner at Sunday night's Tony Awards, taking home trophies for six of the nine categories in which it was nominated. The big win of the night was for Best Musical, with producer and Newhouse alumna Stacey Mindich '86 giving the acceptance speech

"Dear Evan Hansen" is an oddity by Broadway standards. Unlike most of the big hits of recent years, it's a small production, with only eight roles. It's completely original, not based on a movie, TV show or book, and it includes social media as part of its social commentary about a young boy whose feigned relationship with a schoolmate who committed suicide spins wildly out of control. Songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul told the Washington Post's Peter Marks that it was exactly that atypical vision that caught producer Mindich's attention.

That risk has paid off well for Mindich, who launched the production first in August of 2015 at Washington, D.C.'s intimate Arena Stage (capacity 125), then moving it off Broadway at the Second Stage theater (capacity 296) in March of 2016. By November of last year, the show was packing the 1,009 seat house at the Music Box Theater on Broadway.

Mindich graduated from Newhouse with a degree in magazine journalism in 1986, and started her writing career reporting for the New York Times. She was a senior editor at Town & Country, and her work has appeared in Vogue, Newsday and Harper's Bazaar. She started producing for Broadway with the 2008 musical "A Catered Affair," and has since produced a number of plays for Broadway, including "Annie," "The Crucible" and "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" which took the 2014 Tony award for Best Revival of a Musical.

Mindich gave the commencement speech at the 2016 Newhouse convocation, and annually funds two important experiences for magazine students; the critical writing trip, giving students in the critical writing class a trip to New York, and the Bill Glavin Industry Experience, a three-day trip to New York for magazine students to meet with industry insiders and get advice from experienced alumnae. The trip was named for Bill Glavin, one of Mindich's favorite teachers here at Newhouse.

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