Platt brothers to star in New York musicals


Jonah Platt ’04 performs as Fiyero in “Wicked” on Broadway. His brother Ben Platt ’11 will be off -Broadway in the spring. Photo used with permission of Jonah Platt

Kamala Durairaj

Jonah Platt ’04 will make his Broadway debut Sept. 15 as Fiyero in “Wicked,” and his brother Ben Platt ’11 will perform the titular role in an off-Broadway production of “Dear Evan Hansen.”

Jonah will play the male lead, the local prince of Oz and Elphaba’s love interest, in the 12th anniversary of “Wicked,” which is the 11th longest-running Broadway show in history.

“I’m very excited to be able to devote my full energy and receive a paycheck to the pursuit I love the most,” Jonah Platt said in an email. “It’s a rare and beautiful thing to be able to do what you love for a living, and I’m incredibly grateful and excited for the opportunity.”

Jonah considers his time at Harvard-Westlake as one of the factors that has inspired his career.

“From the Summer Intensive Acting Workshop with Chris Moore, to my History of Musical Theater class with Dan Fishbach, to my incredible trips to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with Eric Schrode, to school musicals with Mr. Walch, to creating the Scene Monkeys my junior year with Michele Spears, many teachers and facets of [Harvard-Westlake] life helped to grow my stage confidence and deep love for musical theater.”

The Grammy and Tony award-winning musical tells the unknown backstories of the witches of Oz, Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, and Glinda, the Good Witch.

Jonah Platt has previously acted in “Hair”, “Scream: The Unauthorized Musical Parody”, “American Idiot”, “Floyd Collins” and “Bare”, and has worked on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” as well as Fox’s “Family Guy.”

His brother Ben will continue his role as the main character in the musical “Dear Evan Hansen,” which originated at Washington’s Arena Stage this summer.

After the musical received strong reviews, it was selected to run at New York’s Second Stage Theatre during the spring 2016 season.

Directed by Tony award nominee Michael Grief, the musical follows the story of high school student Evan Hansen who is on the verge of realizing his dreams – if a private letter gone viral does not ruin his chances.

Ben Platt is also known for his performances in the musical comedy “Pitch Perfect” movies and for his role in “Ricki and the Flash,” alongside Meryl Streep.

His other musical credits include the lead role of Elder Cunningham in “The Book of Mormon” in Chicago and on Broadway.