He’s nominated for the 2017 Tony Award for his breakthrough performance in the critically-acclaimed, sold-out smash musical Dear Evan Hansen. But before Sunday’s big show, Ben Platt is going on vocal rest.
The 23-year-old Pitch Perfect veteran told fans on Twitter that per doctor’s orders, he will have to skip Friday’s show — though he hopes to return to the production sometime over the weekend.
Colton Ryan, the understudy for Evan Hansen, will go on for Platt June 9.
Like most of Broadway’s actors, Platt performs upwards of eight live shows a week — with two days of double matinees (and usually one day a week off). At Sunday’s Tony Awards, casts from the nominated shows — including Dear Evan Hansen — perform live on the CBS telecast hours after their Sunday matinee shows.
Platt assured fans he’ll be in good health for his Tony performance.
“I work very hard to avoid missing, but I must of course listen to the doctor’s orders and preserve long-term health to miss as few future shows as possible,” he wrote. “Hoping to be back sometime this weekend, and the doc is certain that at the latest I’ll be A-OK by the time we reach Sunday night for the Tony performance.”
“I feel alright but just can’t make a peep. I’m so, so very sorry to disappoint,” he continued — singing off by quoting on of Dear Evan Hansen’s tunes. “Much Love. Sincerely, Me.”
— Ben Platt (@BenSPLATT) June 9, 2017
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Dear Evan Hansen tells the story of anxiety-driven high school loner who remains “on the outside looking in” until a lie brings him a wave of popularity (and sudden social media stardom).
The musical, which began performances in December at New York City’s Music Box Theatre, features a score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul — Oscar winners this year for their lyrics to La La Land‘s “City of Stars” — and a book by playwright Steven Levenson.
The 2017 Tony Awards airs Sunday (8 p.m. ET) on CBS.