He’s conquered every conceivable medium, and he’s embodied such diverse characters as an ordained religious leader, a high school student hell-bent on obtaining the position of student body president. And now, Ben Platt – actor, singer, and songwriter – is taking on a new role: birthday boy.
Happy Birthday, Ben Platt!
And that’s because he was born on September 24, 1993, in Los Angeles, California, which means that this talented multi-hyphen is turning 27 years old today! Platt attended the Adderley School for Performing Arts in Pacific Palisades, where he performed in a plethora of theatrical productions including Bye Bye Birdie and Into the Woods.
By the age of 9, Platt had a starring role in the play The Music Man opposite Broadway legend Kristin Chenoweth. Two years later, he toured with the play Caroline, or Change. Among the many subsequent plays he would participate in are Les Misérables, Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, and Alice by Heart.
In 2012, Platt was cast as Elder Arnold Cunningham in Chicago based production of The Book of Mormon. When the play eventually premiered on Broadway, Platt reprised his role and starred in it for one year.
Platt’s film debut came courtesy of the 2012 musical comedy Pitch Perfect, and he would return for the sequel which was produced three years later. Afterward, he secured roles in films such as Ricki and the Flash (starring Meryl Streep), Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, and Run This Town.
Platt’s second greatest achievement came in 2014 when he agreed to participate in a reading for a work called Untitled P&P Project. One year later, that treatment was expanded into a full musical titled Dear Evan Hansen — and Platt would snag the lead role that would soon earn him the Lead Actor Tony in 2017.
Among Platt’s many other endeavors are his studio album Sing to Me Instead and his work as the lead character in Netflix’s The Politician – a satirical comedy/drama that has also starred Jessica Lange, Bette Midler, and former One Life to Live alum Judith Light.
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