Ben Platt has taken to Twitter to respond to some messages of hate he has received for not meeting fans at the stage door following performances of Broadway’s Dear Evan Hansen.
Fans regularly line up outside of the actors’ stage door following each show to greet the stars while they exit the theater. While Ben often does greet fans and signs autographs, he sometimes is too exhausted from his emotionally draining (and Tony-winning) performance to spend the extra time with fans after work.
“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,” Ben wrote in a note on Twitter. “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.”
“Before you tweet hateful things about how I don’t value out incredible fans when I can’t come to the door, please pause to consider that my responsibility to them is first and foremost to give my all each night. I preserve myself because I value each of them deeply,” he added.
While getting to meet a star after a Broadway show is an added bonus sometimes, the performers have no obligation to greet fans as a meet-and-greet is not part of the ticket being purchased!