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Stephen Christopher Anthony, star of the Broadway show Dear Evan Hansen, performs with Waukee High School's Avenue Jazz Choir at the Capitol. Brian Powers, bpowers@dmreg.com

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Call it emotional, call it heartwarming, call it the musical tailor-made for a digital generation — just don't forget to call it record-breaking. 

Broadway hit "Dear Evan Hansen" made its Des Moines debut last week at the Civic Center, grossing a record-breaking $1.975 million in ticket sales during an eight-show engagement.

"Dear Evan Hansen" played Feb. 5-10. Civic Center officials declined to share how many people attended.

Des Moines hosted the Midwest premiere of the Tony Award-winning production, part of its first national tour. 

In a news release, DMPA president and CEO Jeff Chelesvig said: "Touring Broadway productions understand Des Moines delivers a loyal following of season ticket holders, donors and devoted Broadway patrons. These are the people who guarantee the best of the best keep coming to the Des Moines Civic Center.”

The sold-out run breaks a record previously held by the Carole King jukebox musical "Beautiful," which grossed roughly $1.34 million during eight shows in 2016. 

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And it isn't just making millions in Des Moines. "Dear Evan Hansen" grossed about $1.4 million in Seattle last month during an eight-show engagement, Forbes reported. That's up from the roughly $1.272 it grossed in New York City in the same week. 

A ticket to see "Dear Evan Hansen" in Des Moines cost $40 to $225. A sold-out Civic Center seats about 2,700 for each show. 

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While "Dear Evan Hansen" takes the top financial spot for a week-long show, hip-hop sensation "Hamilton" holds the record for highest-grossing overall engagement at the Civic Center. "Hamilton" ran for three weeks at the Civic Center in 2018. Organizers declined to release how much the show grossed.  

"Dear Evan Hansen" earned six Tony Awards in 2017, including Best Musical. The Grammy Award-winning cast album comes penned by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul of “La La Land” and “The Greatest Showman” fame.

The Willis Broadway Series at the Civic Center continues March 8 with "Rock of Ages." Find more information at dmpa.org

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