Thursday, May 03, 2018

Happy Birthday to 'Dear Evan Hansen' Star Taylor Trensch

Photo: Playbill
Taylor Trensch was born today, May 3, in 1989, which makes him 29. He is a stage actor currently starring in the title role of Broadway's Tony-winning best musical Dear Evan Hansen.

Trensch was born in Tampa, Florida. He began his theatrical education at Howard W Blake School of the Arts in Tampa, FL. He was an acting major, and studied under Eric Davis. Trensch graduated in 2007.

Following his graduation from Blake, he attended Elon University for musical theater. Trensch was cast in the national tour of Spring Awakening during his sophomore year, and took a leave from the school to do the tour.
He replaced original touring cast member Blake Bashoff. For his portrayal of "Moritz," Taylor won the 2009 Denver Post Ovation Award for Best Supporting Actor in a National Touring Production. 

Taylor made his Broadway debut as "Boq" in the New York City production of Wicked, beginning performances on January 24, 2012. 

Trensch and Jason Hite (shown at right) also performed in the role of "Peter" in the off Broadway production of Bare from November 19, 2012 through February 3, 2013. The story focuses on two gay high school students and their struggles at their private Catholic boarding school. 

In early October 2012, Trensch was cast as "Gordon & Others" in the off Broadway production of Rent at New World Stages from May 2012, through the September 9, 2012, closing. 

On April 11, 2013, Taylor opened as Michael Wormwood in the original Broadway production of Matilda the Musical (previews began on March 4, 2013) and remained in the role through June 8. 2014. Matilda received 12 Tony Nominations in 2013, including a nomination for Best Musical.

Trensch played the lead role of Christopher Boone in select performances, sharing the role with Alex Sharp, in the original Broadway production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time opening at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on Oct 5, 2014 (previews starting on September 15) and remained in the role until September 12, 2015. In 2015, the show won 5 Tony Awards, including Best Play.

Trensch was featured in the role of Barnaby Tucker in the Revival of Hello, Dolly! that began Broadway previews March 15, 2017, and opened April 20 at the Shubert Theatre. The show starred Bette Midler, David Hyde Pierce, Gavin Creel and Kate Baldwin. In a large cast of scene-stealers, Trensch shined. The Hollywood Reporter said, "As Horace's under-appreciated store clerks, Cornelius Hackl and Barnaby Tucker, Gavin Creel and Taylor Trensch make a superb comedic pair, their yearning for excitement and romance quite touching." 
On February 6 2018, Trensch took over the title role of Evan Hansen in Dear Evan Hansen at the Music Box Theatre on Broadway. He played 2 performances in the show prior to officially taking over the role. His understudy in Dear Evan Hansen, Ben Levi Ross, posted the photo below on Twitter in January.

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