At the November 18 evening performance of the Tony-winning Dear Evan Hansen, the cast worn by Tony winner Ben Platt, who played his final performance the following day, was auctioned to the highest bidder following the show.
Co-stars Will Roland and Kristolyn Lloyd led the auction, which brought in $35,000 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, spokespersons for BC/EFA and the musical confirmed. It was the final auction of Platt's run.
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Platt, who won the 2017 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical, played his final performance at the Music Box Theatre November 19 at 3 PM. The actor had been with the musical throughout its journey from Washington, D.C.'s Arena Stage to Off-Broadway's Second Stage and, subsequently, Broadway.
Platt—who earned raves for his emotional performance as Evan Hansen, the sensitive high school student caught at the center of a story that spirals out of control—also received The Drama League's Distinguished Performance Award, which is awarded to one artist a year and can only be won once in a lifetime. Platt is the youngest actor to have ever won the award.
Dear Evan Hansen will first welcome The Real O’Neals' Noah Galvin in the title role beginning November 21, followed by Hello, Dolly! star Taylor Trensch, who will take over beginning mid-January 2018.
Dear Evan Hansen features a score by the Tony- and Oscar-winning songwriting team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (Dogfight, A Christmas Story), a book by Tony winner Steven Levenson (Masters of Sex), choreography by Danny Mefford (Fun Home), and direction by multiple Tony nominee Michael Greif (Rent, Next to Normal, If/Then).
Original cast members Laura Dreyfuss, Tony winner Rachel Bay Jones, Jennifer Laura Thompson, Tony nominee Mike Faist, Michael Park, and Will Roland have all extended their contracts and will remain with the musical through May 2018. Kristolyn Lloyd will depart in March.
In October Platt teamed up with the show’s incoming title players, Trensch and Galvin, for a fun, ’70s-inspired music video shot on the streets of New York City. Watch it below.