“There’s no human being who can say they haven’t at some point second-guessed who they are,” said Ben Platt backstage at the 2017 Tony Awards on June 11 after winning Best Actor in a Musical for playing the title character in “Dear Evan Hansen” (watch above).
Evan Hansen is a high school student with social anxiety disorder who becomes involved in the events following a classmate’s death. Platt wasn’t the only Tony winner for this production — far from it. It entered these awards with nine nominations and claimed six, also including Best Musical, Best Featured Actress (Rachel Bay Jones) Best Original Score, Best Book of a Musical and Best Orchestrations.
This was the first Tony nomination and win for Platt, who is only 23-years-old but isn’t the youngest Tony winner in his category. That would be Trent Kowalik, who was 14 when he shared this award with David Alvarez and Kiril Kulish for alternating in the title role in “Billy Elliot” in 2009. And while Platt is a Tony rookie, he has a strong Broadway pedigree. He previously appeared in “The Book of Mormon” in 2014, and his father is Marc Platt, a producer with past nominations for Best Musical (“Wicked,” 2004), Best Musical Revival (“Pal Joey,” 2009) and Best Play (“Indecent,” 2017).
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