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Ben Platt Responds to Criticism for Not Meeting Fans at 'Dear Evan Hansen' Stage Door

Ben Platt Responds to Criticism for Not Meeting Fans at 'Dear Evan Hansen' Stage Door

Ben Platt has taken to Twitter to respond to some messages of hate he has received for not meeting fans at the stage door following performances of Broadway’s Dear Evan Hansen.

Fans regularly line up outside of the actors’ stage door following each show to greet the stars while they exit the theater. While Ben often does greet fans and signs autographs, he sometimes is too exhausted from his emotionally draining (and Tony-winning) performance to spend the extra time with fans after work.

“Performing Dear Evan Hansen every night is wonderful but also hugely tough – as much as I would like to be out there every night, very often I cannot come to the stage door after the performance,” Ben wrote in a note on Twitter. “My priority must always be self-care so I can recreate the same quality show each night. That’s my job, and what each and every audience member is paying for and deserves.”

“Before you tweet hateful things about how I don’t value out incredible fans when I can’t come to the door, please pause to consider that my responsibility to them is first and foremost to give my all each night. I preserve myself because I value each of them deeply,” he added.

While getting to meet a star after a Broadway show is an added bonus sometimes, the performers have no obligation to greet fans as a meet-and-greet is not part of the ticket being purchased!

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  • Take_a_seat

    Entitled pathetic stans leave the man alone.

  • Utope

    Seriously? If he’s exhausted, leave him be. I can’t imagine how hard it must be to perform five or six times per week.

  • LittlePaperStars

    Stage door is privilege, not a right. What you pay for is to see him perform on stage. Nothing more. Anything else beyond is a bonus. I f he chooses to not come out some nights, that’s his choice.He owes nothing but what he gives on stage.

  • Paul O’Brien

    What really makes me sick is the woman who called him an ahole and was so abusive is a pediatric behavioral specialist.

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  • Basil Faulty

    He seems like a real creep.

  • ck888

    After seeing the show myself, I understand. He has really given his all during the show. It’s pretty heartless if you insist on him giving you more.