DEH novel: Evan Hansen, the title character of the 2017 Tony award winning musical Dear Evan Hansen, is actually named Mark Evan Hansen.

DEH fans:

It’s funny that people make a big deal about Evan not going by his real first name.

My dad is named also after his father but goes by his middle name, so it was never a hard thing for me.

I also thought it was an interesting way to illustrate the deterioration of his relationship with his father: like, he got his love of nature from his dad and he has all these happy memories of going camping and fishing with him, but he’s so far removed from that part of himself he’s almost become a different person.