people: ben platt


I can’t breathe holy shit

the year is 2084. ben platt has won his fiftieth tony for starting as his own original character in the fourth falsettos revival. hamilton is now the longest running show on broadway. lin manuel miranda has written eight more musicals and starred in six of them. denee benton and andrew rannells are no longer robbed and they lounge amongst their twelve tony awards. nic rouleau is still somehow in the book of mormon as elder price on broadway.

No offense, but Broadway performers, or any performers in general who give their all every night to tell a story, aren’t required to meet you after a performance. Acting and putting on a show is exhausting, they’re tired, anyone who’s ever participated in theatre knows how taxing it is on an individual, I can’t imagine how tired ben platt must be after literally sobbing on stage every night. Please respect artists and actors and know they love you and appreciate you but that shits hard and they are human and they need rest

person: has a broken arm

me: so how’d you break your arm?

person: oh, i just tripped.

me: you fell out of a tree?

person: um no i-

me: well that is just the saddest fucking thing i’ve ever heard omg

person: what?

me: uhh… no one’s signed your cast

person: yes they have what are you talking ab-

me: well i’ll sign it

person: okay but-

me: do you have a sharpie?

person: no

me: writes name

person: why the fuck did you write “connor”

Stop pushing Ben Platt to his limits.

Today Ben Platt, during intermission had to leave. That’s right, he got so sick that he couldnt even finish the show, and Michael Lee Brown (god bless) had to step in. He tweeted yesterday this: “Real talk- sometimes you gotta leave out a quick lyric if the choices are take a pause to swallow mucus or cough it up onto the front row.” Now, we’ve known Words Fail makes this an issue, but there are still fans who sell their tickets simply because he isn’t going to preform.

Understudies are just as talented as the mains. Ben has dealed with so many terrible fans (see: People complaining about him not stagedooring on his Twitter) and he still puts on this performance for another THREE months. He’s going to the end of his contract, and thats all he must do. If he’s getting so sick he’s taken 2 vacations within the last 60 days (and the tonys vocal rest) people shouldn’t knock the understudies. When an actor has to LEAVE middle, that doesn’t normally happen, therefore something must be extremely wrong with him. Also if this is just a rumor this is a terrible rumor.

Please don’t be a straight up terrible person at stagedoor (he looks so unhappy at stagedoor???) or complain he didn’t come on/come out. Even SEEING THE SHOW was a privilege, no matter who your Evan was.


Edit 3: He was physically unable to speak when he left and the new person has a photo of it so this definitely is a real source
The stage door is a privilege.

When I was in NYC last month I had the amazing opportunity to see Ben Platt in Dear Evan Hansen. I knew it would be a good show, I knew his performance would be incredible. And it was an absolutely stunning experience to watch him bare his entire soul on stage. I left in a daze, thinking about how emotionally draining doing that EIGHT times a week must be. It was a matinee on a two show and not a single member of the cast came out the stage door. I didn’t blame them at all—it was the fourth show in a five show weekend.

I was lucky enough to catch him after the show that night. I could tell he was exhausted, visibly run down, and he was also on vocal rest so he couldn’t even speak. But he still made his way through the crowd of people, signing programs, offering shy smiles. 

I got there early enough to be at the very front and let me just say… the fans were out of control. There was pushing and yelling and screaming and I felt a little overwhelmed by the attention of it all, especially when Ben came out the stage door. Everyone was pushing on the metal grate so hard that it was dragging forward. Of course everyone was excited that he came out, but I just made sure to just thank him over and over again for coming out to say hello, something he definitely did not have to do, especially when he has to take care of himself. That should be his priority.

Then today, this is what he tweeted.

Which was a very kind and patient response to something that’s become a huge issue in the theater community, and that’s the sense of entitlement from fans for an actor’s time after the show.

This may have been the tweet in question, I’m not sure. Either way, this is the entitled attitude that’s going to ruin the stage door for everyone if people can’t get their act together. Don’t mob actors at the stage door. The stage door is an incredibly unique experience, it’s a chance to connect with artists who give 110% every night. What they do is rewarding yes, but it’s also exhausting! Eight shows a week, you guys, that’s not easy.

It breaks my heart that people have been giving Ben crap about not coming to the stage door. To be honest, after my experience at the DEH stage door, I wouldn’t blame him if he NEVER came out after the show. It really has turned into a madhouse, especially with the popularity and fandom of the show. So please, please, PLEASE remember to respect the actors! And I’ll repeat it again.

The stage door is a PRIVILEGE, not a right, and it’s a privilege that’s going to be taken away if we in the theater community don’t hold people responsible for respecting that, and respecting the actors who share their time and their talent with us.