Alumnus makes Time 100 list

Kate Schrage

Time Magazine named Ben Platt ’11 one of the 100 Most Influential People of 2017 April 20, following his starring role in the Broadway musical “Dear Evan Hansen.”

The alum, best known for performances in the Chicago and Broadway productions of The Book of Mormon as well as in the Pitch Perfect series, was named to the list, which also included celebrities such as Donald Trump, LeBron James and Viola Davis.

Platt got his debut at age nine as Winthrop in “The Music Man” at the Hollywood Bowl with Kristen Chenoweth and performed in multiple productions at Harvard-Westlake before graduating and continuing his professional career.

Platt was named to the list for his performance touching on teenage suicide and anxiety dubbed “instantly relatable for any person who has ever felt conflicting emotions without having an outlet” by actor Zac Efron on behalf of Time Magazine.

This edition marks the fourteenth year of the magazine’s annual list celebrating individuals that “embody a breakthrough,” Time Editor-in-Chief Nancy Gibbs has said of the honor in the past.