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Ben Platt Wins Performance Prize at Drama League Awards, Breaks Record for Youngest Winner!

Ben Platt walks the red carpet while attending the 2017 Drama League Awards Ceremony at the Marriott Marquis Times Square on Friday (May 19) in New York City.

The 23-year-old actor beat out all of the other performers on Broadway this season to win the Distinguished Performance Award. Only one person wins the award each year and each recipient can only receive this award once during his or her career.

Ben, who won for his work in Dear Evan Hansen, becomes the youngest winner of the award ever!

Other stars that were in attendance included Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812‘s Josh Groban, Denee Benton, and Lucas Steele, Dear Evan Hansen‘s Rachel Bay Jones and Laura Dreyfuss, Six Degrees of Separation‘s Allison Janney and Corey Hawkins, Bandstand‘s Laura Osnes, Sunset Boulevard‘s Glenn Close and Michael Xavier, The Little FoxesLaura Linney and Cynthia Nixon, Groundhog Day‘s Andy Karl, The Price‘s Danny DeVito, FalsettosAndrew Rannells, Brandon Uranowitz, and Christian Borle, Significant Other‘s Gideon Glick, The Glass Menagerie‘s Sally Field, and Hello Dolly‘s David Hyde Pierce and Kate Baldwin.

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Dear Evan Hansen's Ben Platt Once Stole a 'Harry Potter' Book

Ben Platt sits on stage alongside co-star Laura Dreyfuss during SiriusXM’s Town Hall with the original Broadway cast of Dear Evan Hansen on Friday (April 14) in New York City.

They were joined by the rest of the cast – Rachel Bay Jones, Jennifer Laura Thompson, Michael Park, Mike Faist, Kristolyn Lloyd, and Will Roland – as well as the creative team, including Oscar-winning songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.

In a new interview with Teen Vogue, Ben was asked to reveal the biggest lie he’s ever told as the Broadway musical is based on a lie that his character tells.

Ben opened up about being at sleep-away camp when the fifth Harry Potter book came out. All the kids’ parents sent them copies of the book, except his didn’t.

“In the middle of the night, I took another kid’s copy from my bunk and wrote my name in it, and put it on my bunk bed,” Ben said. “And then in the morning he just assumed that he lost his and assumed that mine had come in the mail and I completely got away with it. It certainly ate away at me – enough that I can still remember it, but I have never come clean. I don’t even remember his full name. I know it’s also Ben, which is why I thought to take his. So if he’s reading this, I’m really sorry and I hope you got to read the fifth Harry Potter.”

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'Dear Evan Hansen' Broadway Album - Listen & Download!

The hottest new show on Broadway is the musical Dear Evan Hansen and you can now listen to all of the music online thanks to the original cast recording!

Pitch Perfect‘s Ben Platt stars in the show alongside former Glee actress Laura Dreyfuss. The cast is rounded out by Rachel Bay Jones, Jennifer Laura Thompson, Mike Faist, Michael Park, Will Roland, and Kristolyn Lloyd.

The music for Dear Evan Hansen was written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who are Oscar nominees for writing the songs for the movie La La Land.

Stream the album below from Spotify and download it now on iTunes. The musical is playing eight times a week on Broadway right now, so go get tickets to see it!

VIDEO: Broadway's 'Dear Evan Hansen' Cast Performs on 'Today'

The cast of the Broadway show Dear Evan Hansen made an appearance on The Today Show this morning (January 3) to perform two of the songs from the hit musical!

Ben Platt, who you’ll recognize as Benji from the Pitch Perfect movies, sang the number “Waving Through a Window” and he was joined by co-star Laura Dreyfuss for the song “Only Us.”

Dear Evan Hansen is so far the biggest hit musical of the new Broadway season and it opened to rave reviews last month. Make sure to get your tickets now before you can’t get them anymore!

Click inside to watch the “Waving Through a Window” performance… More Here! »

VIDEO: 'Dear Evan Hansen' Broadway Cast Perform 'Waving Through a Window' on 'Late Night'

Ben Platt gives an emotional performance from his Broadway show Dear Evan Hansen on Late Night With Seth Meyers on Tuesday (November 23) in New York City.

The 23-year-old singe was joined by co-star Laura Dreyfuss as they performed “Waving Through a Window.”

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Ben Platt

Here’s the synopsis for Dear Evan Hansen: “A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to finally fit in.”

The show is currently in previews and opens on December 4 at the Music Box Theatre.


Dear Evan Hansen Performs on Seth Meyers 11/22/16
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