Drama student’s dream of landing West End role shattered in elaborate hoax

A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have.

Those are the words used to explain the story of Dear Evan Hansen – the hottest ticket on Broadway which is finally coming to London later this year. It is ironic that those words have been made true for one heartbroken drama student Brandon Marinas, who thought he had been offered the dream role of a life time in the West End.

After auditioning for the role of Evan Hansen and attending several call backs for the part, Brandon received a letter which led him to believe he had been given the part in the upcoming West End production. Excitedly, he shared a picture of the letter online to let his friends and family know the good news but now he is dealing with the earth shattering realisation that this was just an elaborate hoax made by someone he may know who sent the letter to him, pretending it was a real offer.

Brandon has said “I’ve learned a lot these past few days, perhaps this can be a lesson to all performers to be more careful about opportunities they get given. This will just drive me harder to get what I dream of.”

Dear Evan Hansen will begin previews at the Noël Coward Theatre on Tuesday 29 October 2019.

Read more about what happened here 

Theatre fans online have started the hashtag  and are tweeting the message to try to get Brandon invited to perform at the opening night curtain call.


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