This week Playbill catches up with Zachary Noah Piser, the original Evan Hansen alternate in the Toronto premiere of Dear Evan Hansen, who is currently sharing the role of Evan on Broadway through March 20. In the spring, Piser will step into the role full-time, becoming the first Asian-American actor to do so at Broadway's Music Box Theatre.
Piser has also been seen on Broadway as Boq in Wicked and Off-Broadway in Sweeney Todd, Adventurephile, and Mad Libs Live! as well as in regional productions of Row, The Heart of Rock & Roll, and Godspell.
What is your typical day like now?
I try to keep my mornings quiet, calm, and full of Scout (my puppy)! I'll have a nourishing breakfast, do my obligatory crossword/spelling bee/Wordle, and take care of any miscellaneous to-dos. Scout will keep me on a tight leash until I start prepping for the show around mid-afternoon. Then I'm hydrating, steaming, stretching, gently vocalizing, and all that jazz. I get to the Music Box a full hour before I get my cast and polo on. I love being an early-bird to the theatre because it helps me feel settled and relaxed before jumping into Evan's story. Then we do the thing! I end the day with a gentle warm down, a quiet check-in with my partner, some snuggles with Scout, and I always have to have something sweet (yogurt and berries, a cookie, or my favorite, a spoonful of vanilla almond butter)...READ MORE