'Judy Garland Spoke to Me': Ben Platt Previews His Upcoming Residency at the Palace | Playbill

Video 'Judy Garland Spoke to Me': Ben Platt Previews His Upcoming Residency at the Palace

The Tony winner will usher in the reopening of the historic theatre by playing a three-week residency.

When Ben Platt was thinking about the venues he wanted to perform in to promote his upcoming third album, Honeymind, he wanted a Broadway theatre. As he told Playbill, "I had this desire to bridge these two worlds...This pipeline of coming up in the theatre and then becoming your own artist, and starting to write from your own perspective is a really cool one. It's hearkening back to the time when that was more commonplace, the stars that were singing on Broadway were the ones making records." He cited Reneé Rapp and Sara Bareilles as inspiration.

Then in a moment of "universe intervention," the Palace Theatre became an option. The historic Broadway house closed in 2018 to be lifted and make room for new retail space below. It will reopen in May, and Platt's concert is the first announced tenant. The Tony winner will give 18 performances May 28–June 15 in celebration of Honeymind. See Platt in the video above explain the inspiration behind his latest album and how Judy Garland "spoke to me from my bedroom wall."

Of his upcoming residency, he says fans can expect "an experience that feels really intimate and connected. I've had the opportunity to perform on Broadway as other people, and the focus here is really getting to share just purely myself. I want to create as little distance between me and the crowd as possible."

The residency will be directed by Tony winner Michael Arden, who directed Platt in his Tony-nominated performance as Leo Frank in the recent Broadway revival of Parade. Platt's residency will feature songs from Honeymind, which will be released May 31 via Interscope Records, as well as his earlier albums, Reverie and Sing to Me Instead. Click here to watch the music video for Honeymind's first single, "Andrew."

The Palace Theatre has hosted legendary performers including Judy Garland, Josephine Baker, Harry Belafonte, Elvis Presley, Shirley MacLaine, Bette Midler, Diana Ross, Liza Minnelli, and more. The venue's last show was 2017's SpongeBob SquarePants.

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