Ben Platt Biography
Ben Platt (Benjamin Schiff Platt) is an American actor, singer and songwriter. Platt began his career in theatre as a child and has appeared in Broadway productions of The Music Man in 2002, The Book of Mormon from 2012 to 2013 and Dear Evan Hansen from 2015 to 2017, receiving multiple accolades for his performance as the title character in the latter, including the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. Platt’s film credits include roles in Pitch Perfect in 2012, Pitch Perfect 2 in 2015 and Ricki and the Flash in 2015. Platt signed with Atlantic Records in 2017 and is scheduled to release his debut studio album, Sing to Me Instead in March 2019.
Ben Platt Age
Ben Platt was born on September 24, 1993 in Los Angeles, California, U.S. As per 2018, hes is 25 years old.
Ben Platt Parents
Ben Platt is the fourth of five children of Julie and Marc Platt. His father is a television, film and theater producer whose credits include Legally Blonde, La La Land, Into The Woods, Mary Poppins Returns and the musicals, Dear Evan Hansen and Wicked. Platt and his family are Jewish.
Ben Platt Gay
Ben Platt is openly gay, having come out at 12 years old to his family.
Ben Platt Education
Ben Platt attended the Adderley School for Performing Arts in Pacific Palisades, performing in productions like Bye Bye Birdie and Into the Woods. He attended Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles, and in 2011 he graduated. Platt attended Columbia University in New York, but dropped out after six weeks to fulfill his contract with The Book of Mormon. Platt was a member of the campus a cappella musical group Nonsequitur, during his time at Columbia.Ben Platt Photo
Ben Platt Career
2002–2014: Early stage work and The Book of Mormon
When Platt was 9 years old, he played Winthrop Paroo in The Music Man at the Hollywood Bowl alongside Kristin Chenoweth. At 11 years, he appeared in a brief national tour of Caroline, or Change, by Jeanine Tesori and Tony Kushner. At 17 years, he played Jean Valjean in Kidz Theater’s production of Les Misérables. Platt’s other early roles include the role of Claude Bukowski in Columbia University’s production of Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical. Platt has also collaborated on a workshop of Alice by Heart, by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater, a new take on Alice in Wonderland.
Platt was cast in 2012, as Elder Arnold Cunningham in the Chicago production of The Book of Mormon. The show premiered on December 19, 2012, at the Bank of America Theatre, after a week of previews. The production was well received and closed on 6th of October 2013. Platt’s performance was lauded with critics, calling him a “true revelation in this brand new Chicago production. Platt really leans into this part, throwing himself out there with the abandonment of youth”. From January 7, 2014 to January 6, 2015, Platt reprised his role as Elder Cunningham on Broadway at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre.
2015–2017: Dear Evan Hansen
Platt had a supporting role in the musical comedy Pitch Perfect in 2012, loosely based on the non-fiction book Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate A Cappella Glory. Platt played the magic-obsessed Benji Applebaum, alongside an ensemble cast comprising Anna Kendrick, Adam DeVine, Skylar Astin, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp and Brittany Snow. The film emerged as a major commercial success and received mostly positive reviews from critics. Platt was subsequently nominated for his work at a Teen Choice Awards in the category Choice Movie: Male Scene Stealer. Platt reprised his role as Benji Applebaum in 2015, in the sequel, Pitch Perfect 2. Platt has since made film appearances in Ricki and the Flash and Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.
In 2014, Platt became attached to Pasek and Paul’s then Untitled P&P Project, participating in early read-throughs and workshops. By 2015, the musical, titled Dear Evan Hansen, had begun production in Washington, D.C. at the Arena Stage with Platt originating the titular role. The show premiered from July 9, 2015 and to August 23, 2015. The show was transferred to Off-Broadway, due to its overwhelming positive reception towards the production and Platt’s performance.
He once again originated the role of Evan Hansen at Second Stage Theatre. Platt and the cast played a month of previews, beginning on 26th March, 2016, before premiering on May 1, 2016. The limited engagement sold out its entire run with Platt playing his last performance on May 26, 2016.
Platt originated the title role in Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway at the Music Box TheatreI in December 2016. Critics hailed Platt’s work, calling it “historic” and “one of the greatest leading male performances ever seen in a musical”. Platt won numerous awards for his performance, including the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. On November 19, 2017, Platt played his final performance.
Tt was announced on November 29, 2018, that Universal Pictures and Platt’s father, Marc Platt, secured the film rights to the musical.
2017–present: Music and Sing to Me Instead
Platt signed a record deal with Atlantic Records in 2017. On January 28, 2018, he performed Leonard Bernstein’s “Somewhere” live at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards accompanied by Justin Goldner and Adele Stein and arranged by Alex Lacamoire.
Platt and Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda released “Found/Tonight”, on March 19, 2018, a mashup of the Hamilton song “The Story of Tonight” and the Dear Evan Hansen song “You Will Be Found”. Platt donated a portion of the proceeds to support the March for Our Lives anti-gun violence initiative, and also performed on stage with Miranda on March 24, 2018 at the rally in Washington, D.C.. Platt is set to star in the Rob Ford historical fiction thriller Run This Town with Damian Lewis, Nina Dobrev, and Mena Massoud. The casting of Platt caused minor controversy, over allegations that the filmmakers were appropriating the story of female reporter Robyn Doolittle.
Platt announced in January 2019, that his debut studio album Sing to Me Instead is scheduled for release on March 29, 2019, and was made available for pre-order along with the songs “Bad Habit” and “Ease My Mind” a few days later.
Ben Platt Discography
- Sing to Me Instead (2019)
Ben Platt Theatre credits
The Music Man
Caroline, or Change
The Power of Duff
The Black Suits
Center Theatre Group
The Book of Mormon
Elder Arnold Cunningham
Eugene O’Neill Theatre
Dear Evan Hansen
The Secret Garden
David Geffen Hall
25th anniversary concert
Dear Evan Hansen
Second Stage Theatre
Music Box Theatre
Ben Platt Movies
Red Riding Hood
Boy Scout #1
Pitch Perfect 2
Ricki and the Flash
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
The Female Brain
Love & Oatmeal
Run This Town
Ben Platt TV Shows
Will & Grace
Episode: “Who’s Your Daddy”
Upcoming Netflix series; also executive producer
Ben Platt Awards and Nominations
Teen Choice Awards
Choice Movie: Male Scene Stealer
Drama League Awards
Dear Evan Hansen
Outer Critics Circle Awards
Best Leading Actor in a Musical
Distinguished Performance by an Actor
Best Actor in a Musical
Drama League Awards
Lucille Lortel Awards
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical
Broadway.com Audience Awards
Favorite Leading Actor in a Musical
Favorite Onstage Pair
Best Musical Theater Album[a]
Daytime Emmy Awards
Outstanding Musical Performance in a Daytime Program
“You Will Be Found” (performed on The Today Show)
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