Ben Platt has brought many fans to tears in the four years he’s been involved with “Dear Evan Hansen.” No surprise, then, that fans were weeping (and social media trending) over Platt’s announcement that he would leave the show on Nov. 19.
Platt announced the move himself on Twitter: “2 readings, 2 workshops, 3 productions and almost 4 years — hard to fathom that’s it’s nearly time to say goodbye to Evan and my DEH family,” he wrote.
His performance as a young man struggling with the social anxieties familiar to so many teens has won him a legion of fans, and this year’s Tony Award for best actor in a musical. “Don’t waste any time trying to be like anybody but yourself,” he said in his emotional Tony acceptance speech. More tears.
But don’t cry too hard. The actor, now a bona fide star, has lined up a movie — “Drunk Parents” starring Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin — and on Oct. 5 he’ll guest-star on NBC’s revival of “Will and Grace.”