Let’s take a moment to gush about Ben Platt. If you’ve never heard of him, where the
At 25, it’s scary to think how much he’s already accomplished. He was obsessed with musicals from an early age, no doubt encouraged by his movie- and theatre-producing father Marc Platt (“Wicked”, “La La Land”), listening to cast albums while other kids played videogames, staging backyard musicals, touring at 10 with “Caroline or Change”, and excelling in high school productions with his bff Beanie Feldstein (“Ladybird”, “Booksmart”).
Ben’s the type so talented he dropped out of Columbia after six weeks because he was too busy with the Chicago production of “The Book of Mormon”! He also won a role in the Anna Kendrick movie “Pitch Perfect” (and reprised his role in the first sequel). In 2014, he began his association with “Hansen” then called “Untitled P&P Project”, with the P&P being Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (“La La Land”, “The Greatest Showman”) who were also up-and-coming songwriters and exploded along with Platt when “Dear Evan Hansen” took over Broadway in 2016. Listen to the stunning “Waving Through a Window” to see what all the fuss was about.
The acclaim for his performance in “Hansen” garnered him a Tony, Grammy Award and Daytime Emmy. He now only needs an Oscar to complete the EGOT. Hopefully, he’ll take some time to get to that; it seems so many careers end as soon as they get that Oscar.
Lucky for us, he’s chosen music as his next step, having just released the album “Sing to Me Instead”. Below is the video to “Bad Habit”, the first song from the album. It’s a keeper! Now, he’s on tour (we’re seeing him next week at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood!) and his first Nextflix project is coming in September called “The Politician”, produced by Ryan Murphy and starring Jessica Lange and Gwyneth Paltrow with Bette Midler announced as a guest star.
Can’t wait to see what’s next for Ben Platt (maybe “Dear Evan Hansen” the movie?). As long as he doesn’t win that Oscar and retire after an already long career.