Ben Platt On Stage - Theater Credits, Bio and Tickets

Ben Platt

Ben Platt was born in Los Angeles, California, on September 24, 1993. He was bitten by the theatre bug at an early age, appearing in The Music Man alongside Kristin Chenoweth, at the age of 9. Whilst studying at the Adderley School for Performing Arts in Pacific Palisades, he performed in productions such as Into the Woods and Bye Bye Birdie. He attended Harvard-Westlake School and, after graduation in 2011, he went on to Columbia University in New York. He was forced to drop out after six weeks due to his first big break in the world of theatre. He had landed the coveted role of Elder Cunningham in the National Tour of The Book of Mormon. After his commitments to the tour concluded, he returned to the University, played Claude Bukowski in Hair and even became a member of the campus a cappella group Nonsequitur.

It was doubtlessly these experiences that garnered Platt his breakthrough film role. Movie fans know him as the lovable but awkward Benji Applebaum in both "Pitch Perfect" (released in 2012) and "Pitch Perfect 2" (2015). He has also appeared on screen in "Ricki and the Flash", "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk", and, most recently, "Drunk Parents" and "Will & Grace".

Platt made his Broadway debut on January 7, 2014, reprising his performance as Elder Cunningham in The Book of Mormon on the Great White Way and remaining with the production until January 4, 2015. He shot to theatrical superstardom after originating the title role of the Tony Award-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen. The world premiere was held at Washington D.C.'s Arena Stage in July 2015, the Off-Broadway run followed at Second Stage's Tony Kiser Theater from March to May 2016, and finally the Broadway transfer officially opened at the Music Box Theatre in December 2016. Platt went on to win the Tony Award for "Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical" at the 71st Annual Tony Awards in 2017. He played his final performance in the role on November 19, 2017.

 Ben Platt in Dear Evan Hansen
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