Ben Platt Reviews
Keith Perrott from Toronto, Ontario
THE REAL DEAL
Ben Platt's first Canadian appearance (and only the 3rd time he's performed this show) was, to put it mildly, the real deal. Structured with the care, artistry and precision of a Broadway production, he assembled top talent in all fields. The set itself, fairly simple in design but remarkably effective, and brilliantly lit throughout, provided a sense of intimacy not easy to achieve in such a vast auditorium. A group of 9 (or ten?) musicians and back-up-singers provided the perfect foundation for Ben's talent to shine. And boy, did it. Singing mostly songs he has written himself about love, relationships, loss and personal growth, he interspersed these with intimate and quite often funny stories of his life ("I came out when I was 12" he proclaimed loudly. Confident in his voice, secure in his humanity, he was as open, unaffected and gifted a performer as one is likely to see. This show is his declaration that he is an artist and a star to be reckoned with. And he is!
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