Ben Platt is best known for starring as Benji Applebaum in Universal Pictures’ smash hit Pitch Perfect having reprised his popular role in Pitch Perfect 2 last year. Currently, Ben is starring in the title role of the Tony Award winning original musical Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre. Ben won the 2017 Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for his performance, as well as the Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance, Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Lead and Drama League Award, making him the youngest actor have win the coveted award. Ben was awarded an Obie for his performance as Evan Hansen as well as nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award and Drama League Award during the off-Broadway run.
The musical debuted at Arena Stages in Washington D.C. and premiered off-Broadway in New York at 2econdStage Theatre. Of his performance, The New York Times declares, “…marvelous young actor Ben Platt is giving a performance that’s not likely to be bettered on Broadway this season.” Deadline applauds it as a “movingly sensitive, career-making performance.”
Ben was also seen alongside Meryl Streep in the film Ricki and The Flash and in Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. Ben will soon be seen with Salma Hayek and Alec Baldwin in Drunk Parents.
Platt made his Broadway debut as Elder Cunningham in Broadway’s famed production of Book of Mormon, in which the New York Times called his performance “sensational.” He first originated the role of Elder Cunningham to critical acclaim in the show’s Chicago production for which he won a Broadway World Chicago Award – Best Actor in a Touring Production. Platt sold out his first solo cabaret show at the popular New York City venue, 54 Below.
No stranger to theater, Ben has also starred in the following national tours: Caroline, or Change (directed by George C. Wolfe and Tony Kushner). Regional Credits: The Black Suits (Barrington Stage Company), The Power of Duff (New York Stage and Film, Stephen Belber), Dead End (directed by Nicholas Martin, Ahmanson Theatre), The Music Man, Mame, Camelot, and The Sound of Music (Hollywood Bowl, directed by Gordon Hunt). Concerts: I’m Here (solo show, 54 Below sold-out engagement), The Secret Garden (25th Anniversary). Workshops/Readings: Breaking Bobby Stone (directed by Peter Scolari), Murder at the Gates (directed by Peter Dubois, Steven Sater), Alice By Heart (Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik), Irma La Douce (directed by Rob Ashford, starring Katie Holmes), Bridges of Madison County (directed by Bartlett Sher, Jason Robert Brown).
"…marvelous young actor Ben Platt is giving a performance that’s not likely to be bettered on Broadway this season."- The New York Times
"...a movingly sensitive, career-making performance."- Deadline