'Ben Platt: Live from Radio City Music Hall': Actor-singer tells James Corden about new special that moved fans to tears
Ben Platt wanted to create something that would offer people respite in these dark times of a global pandemic. With his Netflix special 'Ben Platt: Live from Radio City Music Hall', he wanted to create a space where people would forget about their worries and simply be present in the moment.
"My goal with the special before the Covid-19 was to make it feel like you were really there in the room in the theatre with us and create that live feeling," he told James Corden on his appearance on tonight's 'The Late Late Show with James Corden'. He currently stars on 'The Politician' on Netflix, a role for which he was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor Television Series Musical or Comedy.
"So now more than ever, I feel like people are really missing that — I know I am missing that [live feeling] — so I think it is a nice 90-minute escape. [You will] feel like you're at the show and forget what's going on for a little bit," he said.
The 'Dear Evan Hansen' star had announced that the taping of his Radio City concert, in the form of a TV special on Netflix on May 20, 2020.
Fans of the actor-singer cannot contain themselves. "Crawling into bed with @BenSPLATT tonight... this Radio City concert is heaven. Congrats, Ben," tweeted a fan. "@BenSPLATT your @Netflix special is magnificent! That last song though Tugged at my feelings," said another.
His special has moved thousands of his fans to tears. "YOU GOT MY DAD CRYING OVER YOUR BEAUTIFUL VOICE MY LIFE IS COMPLETE THANKS," tweeted a fan. "i can’t help but end up in tears!! Thank you for pouring your heart out @BenSPLATT!!! You’re amazing gahhhhhhhhhh," said another.
"@BenSPLATT talent is unrelenting, ugh. Highly recommend watching his new Netflix special. It's just so, so, so, SO f***ing good," said another.
And it looks like the main intention of his special - to offer people some respite in these times - is successfully met. "The @BenSPLATT Netflix special is EXACTLY what we all need right now. Feel the joy people!! Sing to the heavens!" The Netflix special is a taping of his Radio City Music Hall concert, which took place in September.
Many of Platt's fans now cannot wait to watch the show on Netflix. "tomorrow night I’ll watch Ben Platt’s new concert Netflix doc!!!! Can’t wait"
On the late night show, his performance of 'So Will I' had many of his fans get in touch with their feelings. "Thank you @BenSPLATT. Your Netflix special gave me life. I am 49 years young and having someone with my perspective sing, it’s something I wished I had as a young queer boy growing up. You are an inspiration," said one.