Pennington High School Grad Lands Major Broadway Gig in ‘Dear Evan Hansen’
Michael Brown was told by his high school drama teacher, Lisa Houston that he was most likely to end up on Broadway, and she was right.
Brown is now on stage in one of the hottest Broadway musicals right now, Dear Even Hansen.
I was lucky to have attended The Pennington School when Brown was the lead male role in Kiss Me Kate in 2011. As sound board operator, I was always eager for Brown's sound checks before our performances.
Brown has a voice that gives everybody in the room the chills, and a great amount of talent; which has been taking him to some pretty cool places.
Brown started as an understudy for the character of Evan Hansen, and eventually took over the lead role in the fall of 2017 for eight weeks. Besides his alternate role as Evan Hansen, Brown juggles the roles of classmates Jared Kleinman and Connor Murphy in the six-time Tony-winning production.
Brown majored in communication and theater at Marymount Manhattan College. He landed a gig starring in "Torch Song Trilogy" in Washington D.C, and eventually scored an Audition for Dear Evan Hansen.
Shortly after, he began shadowing Ben Platt as Evan Hansen. He tells the Bucks County Courier Times, "I'm very grateful to be a part of this show in all aspects-- the music, the writing and also the subject matter is very important to talk about. The show definitely deserves its success, and I'm happy to be a part of it."
Brown hasn't stopped there. He debuted his EP, "Way It Used to Be," in February, that includes three original songs. "Way it Used To Be" was recorded with the help of Matthew James Thomas, the lead of "Pippin" on Broadway, and Broadway composer, Duncan Sheik. The EP touches on some great mantras. like appreciating the little things in life and staying true to oneself, "I will continue to write and work on projects with honesty, simplicity, and truth. This is only the beginning," Brown tells Billboard.
It's been amazing to see Michael Brown living out his dreams since high school, and I know this is only the start. Can't wait to see what comes next for him.