The Tony winner spoke with Ellen DeGeneres about meeting his idol while starring in the musical.
Ben Platt, who played his final performance in the Tony-winning Dear Evan Hansen November 19, stopped by Ellen November 28 to discuss starring in the musical—and performing for his music idol.
Platt, who won a Tony for his work in the title role, detailed the buildup to the performance attended by Beyoncé. The actor told DeGeneres, “I had two days notice, so I planned a haircut, planned an extra voice lesson, really wore my favorite outfit.… It was everything I ever dreamed, and she took the time to come back and see us and was kind enough to talk about the show.”
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).