You may know Ben Platt from his titular role on Broadway on Dear Evan Hansen, through his solo artist music, and/or due to his on-screen roles in films such as the Pitch Perfect series. However, how well do you know the multi-talented artist and actor? Get to know more about Ben Platt below, who just wrapped up his debut headlining tour, with five things you didn’t know about him:
Before landing The Book of Mormon on Broadway, Platt enrolled at Columbia University and was briefly a member of their co-ed acapella group, Nonsequitur. He ultimately needed to defer his collegiate career at Columbia, actually a result of landing his role as Benji Applebaum in Pitch Perfect. “The day before I was supposed to move I got cast (in Pitch Perfect), so I had to sit with my parents that day for a few hours and talk it through and decide,” Platt said and continued, “It was a pretty easy decision I couldn’t really pass up, and Columbia was very understanding about deferral.”
In an interview with Broadway.com, Platt revealed that one of his first on-stage roles was in The Music Man at the Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood, CA. It was during this time that Platt took on the role of Winthrop Paroo, just at the mere age of nine-years-old, and performed alongside Kristin Chenoweth of Wicked fame.
At the age of 23-years-old, Ben Platt became the youngest person to ever win the Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical at the Tony Awards. Platt won the award during the 2016-2017 season for his title role in Dear Evan Hansen. In order to successfully achieve this, Platt triumphed over tough competition such as Josh Groban in The Great Comet and Christian Borle in Falsettos.
In 2017, Platt took his acting chops to the small screen with a guest role on NBC’s revival of Will & Grace. Accordingly, the news was revealed when the series’ stars Eric McCormack and Sean Hayes shared a photo of the Will & Grace cast with Platt. He’s certainly used to adapting to different mediums, including but not limited to the big screen, the small screen, and Broadway stages.
“It was really wild,” Platt said of his first tour as a solo artist in an interview with Billboard and continued, “I mean, I think I expected places like New York and LA to be really warm and wonderful because I've performed there before … But to go to Detroit and Toronto… Dallas and Austin… and have people singing along to all the songs -- not just the one that we kind of led with but all the songs on the album -- was a wild experience.” Sing to Me Instead marked Platt’s first experience releasing music as a solo artist, versus from a film or Broadway show. The tour that followed the album’s release marked his first venture performing his original music, versus lyricism composed that did not necessarily unequivocally reflect his own life. In fact, he also notably co-wrote all 12 songs on his debut album, released via Atlantic Records.
For more information on Ben Platt, including tickets to his upcoming concerts, visit his artist page on AXS.