Sometimes Ben Platt just needs a break.
The “Dear Evan Hansen” star had to defend himself after fans called him out online for not appearing at the stage door after a show, where people typically wait for autographs.
“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. 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,” he wrote on Twitter Monday.
“Before you tweet hateful things about how I don’t value our incredible fans when I can’t come to the door, please pause to consider that my responsibility to them is first and foremast to give my all each night. I preserve myself because I value each of them deeply.”
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Platt performs eight shows a week with just Mondays off. He’s scheduled for a weeklong break later this month.
The 23-year-old actor debuted “Dear Evan Hansen” on Broadway in December after a run in Washington, D.C., and off-Broadway.
Last month, he won a Tony Award for best actor in a musical. The show also took home best musical, best book of a musical, best original score, best performance by an actress in a featured role in a musical and best orchestrations.
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