Four days before Ben Platt’s birthday, he’s come to meet me at Hell’s Kitchen Park on Tenth Avenue. He’s about to turn 23—but it’s “17 if anybody asks,” he says slyly.
That’s because come November 14 he zips up his backpack, grabs his notebook and heads back to high school—the one within Broadway’s Music Box Theatre, where he plays Evan in Dear Evan Hansen, the story of a teen ridden with anxiety who has always felt invisible.
Ben Platt (Monica Simoes)
Platt, himself, is far from invisible this fall. All eyes are on him as he originates his first Broadway role in a completely new musical—one that’s not based on a book or a film; one that stems from the minds of Tony-nominated songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul and book writer Steven Levenson. And the role is tailor-made for the actor filling his shoes. Read more…