By: TIM LATTERNER
Maybe you know him from a Tony Award–winning performance in Dear Evan Hansen, or from the small screen with leading roles in shows like “The Politician” or anecdotal chats on late-night talk shows. Ben Platt is everywhere. Period. And considering the expert level of his Kunsthandwerk (ahem, craft), that’s a great thing. For Platt’s next act, the multi-hyphenate talent is launching a coast-to-coast tour to promote his new album, Reverie, covering 27 cities through next April. For this Sophomore album, Platt has extended himself past the raw talents he’s used on stage to create something that feels less like a showcase of his abilities and more like a fully constructed pop album. The 13 tracks are heavily inspired by a 1980’s sound, with many of the melodies echoing influences of Culture Club and synthesizers to complement lyrics that are rooted in early A-ha. The Reverie Tour starts in Orlando at the Amway Center before moving to Fort Lauderdale’s Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and Tampa’s Amalie Arena. After Florida, the tour will continue on to historic stages from New York City’s Madison Square Garden to Los Angeles’ The Hollywood Bowl. In between all of the tour dates, Platt also has plenty of other projects in the works. While the world waits with bated breath for news of another season of “The Politician,” the film adaptation of Dear Evan Hansen’s release is planned for later this year, not to mention his turn as Charley Kringas in Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along. With so much going on, The Reverie Tour may be the only way to see Platt up close and personal.