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Photos ♦ May 08, 2019

Finally found myself with a bit more time to get online and upload the event photos from last month. Enjoy!

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News ♦ May 06, 2019

DETROIT — At just 25, Ben Platt has turned himself into a star by playing iconic characters on stage (“Dear Evan Hansen,” “the Book of Mormon”) and screen (“Pitch Perfect,” “Pitch Perfect 2” and more).

Turns out he’s pretty good at “playing” himself, too.

Hansen showed Tony Award-winning confidence and poise, and of course great pipes, as he played just the second show of his first-ever solo tour on Saturday night, May 4, at the Fisher Theatre — a venue the singer and songwriter noted he was, until now, more likely to be portraying a “bizarrely nerdy” someone else. “This is the first time I’ve ever had the opportunity to come out here and be myself,” the hirsute but still baby-faced Platt told a crowd that greeted him with boy band-caliber screams, later acknowledging that “it’s scary.”

You would not have known that from his 15-song, 80-minute performance, which sent a message that Platt is as serious about working under his own name as he has been about his Broadway triumphs. Backed by a 10-piece band he pointedly eschewed any material from his stage and screen work, instead playing his debut album “Sing To Me Instead,” in its entirety and fleshing the night out with solid renditions of by some of his favorites — “The Joke” by Brandi Carlile (a personal “queero” for Platt), a Motown-appropriate “Overjoyed” by Stevie Wonder and Elton John’s “Take Me to the Pilot,” which found Platt and his three backup singers in gospel revival mode, one of the (too) few times he came off the band riser to sing at the front of the stage.

Following sets by Raybo and Ben Abraham (who co-wrote four songs on “Sing To Me Instead”) Platt also infused the show with a chatty, lightly scripted getting-to-know you vibe. He spoke freely about the romantic travails that inspired many of his songs and offered up a few little-known facts about himself — not a peanut butter fan, stole a summer bunkmate’s Harry Potter book, thinks cats are “the devil’s children.” “Save Your Address” and “Take Me to the Pilot” were bolstered with some light, stagey choreography, while “Older” became a singalong anthem to close the main set.

Some of Platt’s personal details, meanwhile, provided the show with its most striking moments. He prefaced “In Case You Don’t Live Forever” with a warm remembrance of his Grandma Sue, who passed away the week before. And he dedicated the encore “Run Away” to his father and mother Julie, who was at the Fisher on Saturday night, performing it on piano, accompanied by his two string players.

We’ll certainly be seeing Platt onstage again in character mode in the future. But on Saturday he established that seeing him sing his own songs could be a real treat, too.

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News ♦ May 03, 2019

Ben Platt is ready to leave “Dear Evan Hansen” behind, though the Tony-winning breakout star of Broadway’s biggest sensation since “Hamilton” acknowledges that his extraordinary run with the musical helped inform his recent solo record, “Sing to Me Instead.”

How could it not? “It shaped me as a human,” says Platt of the three years he spent playing Evan, a socially awkward teen who lies about his relationship with a recently deceased classmate. “That experience changed every aspect of my life in every way imaginable.”

Even when he wasn’t performing the physically and emotionally draining part, Platt was frequently on vocal rest, cloistered in his uptown New York apartment. It gave him time to think.

“I was at a lot of crossroads I’d never been at in life,” says Platt, 25, speaking by phone. The show “set me up to have things I wanted to talk about, to get off my chest, to write about.”

After Platt recorded the musical’s cast album with Atlantic Records, label executives approached him about the possibility of a solo record. The idea, he says, was to find a sound that was sincerely his, steering away from show tunes and positing Platt as a confessional belter in the tradition of Sam Smith, Adele, and Carole King. The timing, as the actor-musician came off an all-consuming theater gig that had kept him for years in someone else’s skin, couldn’t have been better.

 

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News ♦ May 02, 2019

Tomorrow marks the start of Ben’s Sing To Me Instead Tour. Limited Tickets & VIP Packages are still available for the shows. If you have yet to buy your tickets/meet n greets, what are you waiting for? Links to purchase either tickets or vip packages are on Ben’s official site. – BenPlattMusic.com

 

 

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News, Photos ♦ May 02, 2019

Ben is featured in a digital covershoot & interview with Fault Magazine, photographed by Martin Brown.

 

I am a big over worrier to the point that I keep myself doing things which can have a positive impact on my life. I tend to think of all the things that can go wrong before the things that could go wrong and I think that anxiety in general and from being so appreciative of what has gone well for me that I’m always worried of when that energy could drop.

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Media, Photos ♦ April 29, 2019

I’ve added just over 200 screen captures from Ben’s recent movie Drunk Parents to the photo gallery. If you haven’t yet seen the movie, it’s available onDemand.

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Media, News, Videos ♦ April 23, 2019

iHeartRadio brought in super fan Alexa to face Ben in a game of Fan vs. Artist Trivia, watch below to see who knows Ben best. Who will take the crown? Will it be Alexa or Ben?

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News ♦ April 23, 2019

Ben took to twitter today to announce that he has added a date at the Eventim Apollo in London, England on June 15th to his Sing To Me Tour with James TW as the support act.  Presale and VIP sales begin tomorrow with general sales starting Friday.  Tickets can be purchased via the livenation uk site here.

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News ♦ April 19, 2018

Welcome to Ben Platt Fan (BenPlattFan.com)! Your only fan site for super talented Benjamin Schiff Platt. He is best known for his Role as Benji in Pitch Perfect & Pitch Perfect 2 as well as for originating the title role in Broadway’s Dear Evan Hansen and the upcoming netflix series The Politician.

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