March 28, 2020

Ben Platt Named Hasty Pudding Man of the Year

Ben Platt poses with award as Hasty Pudding Theatricals Honors Ben Platt As 2020 Man Of The Year. (Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images for Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770)

Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award winner Ben Platt has added another honor to his trophy collection. He was named the 2020 Man of the Year by Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals for his contributions to entertainment. The 54th and youngest recipient of the Pudding Pot, Platt joins the company of such predecessors as Paul Newman, Robert De Niro, John Travolta, Steven Spielberg, Robin Williams, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Downey Jr., Neil Patrick Harris, and most recently Milo Ventimiglia. A roast, a sing-off, and other antics were part of the festivities,

The “Dear Evan Hansen” star expressed his desire to return to the theater stage, but said it’s contingent on his production schedule for Season 2 of his Netflix series “The Politician,” now underway. “It’s been a privilege to be here today,” he said in his acceptance speech. “I haven’t spent time on any college campus much to my parents’ chagrin. If I could choose to spend my day with any type of person it would be with theater people so thank you for welcoming me or welcoming me and I hope I do well by this award.”