As ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Makes Philly Debut, Actress in Hit Musical Fell in Love with Phoenixville

Dear Evan Hansen on stage
Image via Forrest Theatre.

It’s the clash of the counties as both Chester and Montgomery boast talent that shines on stage, more specifically at the Forrest Theatre in Philadelphia where actress Coleen Sexton fell in love with Phoenixville, writes Sabrina Boyd-Surka for KYW Newsradio.

After a delayed premiere due to the pandemic, the hit Broadway show “Dear Evan Hansen” finally makes its way to the region. The show’s music is co-written by Benj Pasek, an Ardmore native and is inspired by his time spent at Friends’ Central School.

Renowned stage actress Coleen Sexton, who plays Evan’s mother, Heidi Hansen, was on tour for the show in 2020 when it was shut down due to the pandemic. She stayed with a friend since she did not have a home to return to at that time, but she later decided it was time to get a place of her own.

Eight months later, Sexton fell in love with Phoenixville and landed an apartment.

“I was like, I love you guys, but I’ve got to get an apartment,” she said. “So I got an apartment in Phoenixville, because I found the town and I fell in love with it. It was my little pandemic place.”

Read more about Coleen Sexton in KYW Newsradio.

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