Well Said, Ben Platt from “Dear Evan Hansen”
A lot has been written about Ben Platt’s tweet from earlier this week (click here for a direct link) and I’m not sure what I can add to the discussion surrounding it. But I do want to stand up and stand beside in complete and total support of him and all the artists who have chosen their own personal well being and sanity on certain days and certain moments. I salute you.
There are moments of the day, when I’m listening to the music from the Tony winning Dear Evan Hansen, and I think, ‘wow, they are doing that again tonight, and every night’.
I just can’t believe anyone can get up on a stage so many times a week, month after month, and year after year, and tear their own heart and soul apart for our entertainment. We should all just thank our lucky stars for performers like him (and all those others) that they are willing to do that for us.
My heart was shattered all three times I have seen Dear Evan Hansen. Once in D.C. three summers ago, one at Second Stage two summers ago, and the last time on Broadway just before opening night. (you can read my reviews for two of them here: Arena Stage,D.C., and Broadway). And to ask for more, demand for more, just seems insane to me. They are giving us so much already.
Ben Platt, Jennifer Laura Thompson, Michael Park Photo: Matthew Murphy
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