Los Angeles, CA (Variety) — Ben Platt may have looked cool and collected when he first appeared on stage in his new Netflix concert special, “Ben Platt: Live From Radio City,” but he wasn’t exactly calm.
“It felt very surreal and the whole first song, I felt very scared and tense and tight,” Platt says during an interview on “Variety Live!” on Instagram. “And then as soon as we got through the first number, it was just like a free fall. It was great.”
The film was shot on the last stop of the Tony winner’s tour for his debut album “Sing to Me Instead.” In between songs — which included covers of Elton John and Brandi Carlile hits — Platt opens up about coming out as gay to his parents (he was 12 and called them while he was on a school trip to Israel), his late grandmother and more than one failed romance.
“I wanted it to feel like the album was a confessional in a way. I wanted you to gain something from seeing the show live that you didn't gain from the album,” the “Politician” star says. “And that was putting all of the songs in as personal … — Marc Malkin/@Variety