Dear Evan Hansen's Star-Studded Selfies: All the Celebs Flocking to the Tony-Nominated Broadway Show
Platt shared the news of Clinton's visit on Twitter, where he called the former secretary of state "our real president" and shared a photo of her signature on his character's cast. Clinton tweeted back at him with a nod to the show's lyrics: "Two friends on a perfect day. Sincerely, me."
The Great White Way turned into The Great Bey Way on Sept. 14, when Beyoncé turned up to see the show and posed with the cast backstage.
"All hail the Queen," Platt wrote on Instagram after Drag Race star RuPaul came to see the show Sept. 6. The Emmy winning reality host gushed about the show days later on Twitter, saying, 'Can’t get Dear Evan Hansen outta my head. Watching Ben Platt perform is what I imagine watching Judy Garland would've been. Giving 150%."
Katie Holmes took her daughter Suri Cruise to see the show on July 18, meeting Tony-winning star Ben Platt afterwards.
JOE BIDEN and AMY SCHUMER
The 47th Vice President of the United States and the Bridesmaids star met backstage after the show on July 22.
NICK JONAS and DEMI LOVATO
No scandal here! Kerry Washington stopped by the musical on May 17th.
"Chained to the Rhythm" singer Katy Perry was chained to Platt after her visit on April 29. "Last night I witnessed the most connective play on Broadway I have ever seen called Dear Evan Hansen played by the brilliant @bensplatt," she captioned a gallery of selfies of the two on Instagram. "The whole cast was phenomenal and deliver such an incredible experience, some would call it a healing. Bravo."
I'm getting verklempt! Barbra Streisand made a visit to the show on May 1 — the day before Dear Evan Hansen scored 9 Tony nominations (including best musical and a lead actor nomination for Platt). Like the legend she is, Streisand posed for pics with the cast, sharing them on social media while congratulating everyone on their honors.
Melissa McCarthy swung by on Feb. 5, a day after debuting her Sean Spicer impression on Saturday Night Live. "This comedic genius literally slayed the world on SNL last night and then spent the afternoon with us at @dearevanhansen," star Laura Dreyfus wrote on Instagram. "@melissamccarthy you are as kind as you are talented THANK YOU!"
Call this "How to Lose a Cry in Just Over 2 Hours." Kate Hudson loved her March 25-trip to Dear Evan Hansen so much, she found herself in tears. "I just balled my eyes out watching this brilliant performance by @bensplatt and the entire cast of @dearevanhansen," she wrote on Instagram. "Loved every second! What an experience, thank you to everyone on this production for creating such a special musical that is so deeply moving you have to take a long second or an hour to gather yourself!"
JIMMY FALLON and JENNA BUSH HAGER
How's this for a group show? On Feb. 14, Jimmy Fallon and Jenna Bush Hager were both at the show. They — and Broadway stars Javier Muñoz (Hamilton) and Daphne Rubin Vega (Rent) — all posted together backstage with the Dear Evan Hansen cast in one seriously sweet Valentine.
The High School Musical alum visited the hit musical on Dec. 22. "Bravo to the cast of #DearEvanHansen," he wrote on Instagram. "Incredibly powerful, pertinent, honest, fun — and the [music] is UNREAL. This is a show you HAVE to see."
The Greatest Showman, which tells the story of P.T. Barnum, also stars Hugh Jackman — who came to visit Platt on Dec. 26. The Wolverine star knows how grueling eight shows a week can be. He's been on the Railto four times so far, having won a Tony for 2003's The Boy From Oz.
She's currently wowing audiences on the big screen in La La Land — but Emma Stone became a fangirl herself when visiting Dear Evan Hansen. The star, who made her Broadway debut in 2014's Cabaret, also has a connection to Pasek and Paul. They wrote the lyrics to La La Land's score.
Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston was all smiles as he posed with the Dear Evan Hansen cast — including Michael Park, Jennifer Laura Thompson, Laura Dreyfuss, and Will Roland — for the show's backstage cam.
Funnywoman Carol Burnett made Dear Evan Hansen star Rachel Bay Jones' day when she visited on Dec. 22.
"(Screaming inside) CAROL BURNETT!!!" Jones wrote on Instagram. "All the nights my little brother and I got to stay up late, cross-legged on the avocado carpet, the tweed sofa... I will never forget how some of her sketches hurt my heart and I wanted to cry even while I was laughing till my face fell off. So real."
It was a Pitch Perfect reunion for Platt on Jan. 15, as Benji caught up with Fat Amy (aka Rebel Wilson) backstage. "So proud of Ben, who is just so absolutely incredible in Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway right now!" she wrote on Instagram. "Words fail to describe how good he and the rest of the cast are x."
Speaking of Pitch Perfect, Platt's on-screen BFF in the film is also his off-screen BFF, Skylar Astin. The Broadway alum first visited Platt during Dear Evan Hansen's Off-Broadway run. He's returned twice since — even bringing his wife (and fellow Pitch Perfect costar) Anna Camp along for one of his trips.
Another Glee alum making a visit? Michele's bestie and former Spring Awakening costar Jonathan Groff. The Hamilton vet visited the new musical on Dec. 19.
Having him there was especially emotional for Platt. "I saw this wonderful man in Spring Awakening 4 times and his performance inspired me like crazy," he wrote on Instagram. "[It] was so special to have him at #DearEvanHansen."
"To perform @DearEvanHansen for this astounding man was a gigantic honor and I remain not okay," Platt wrote on Instagram, after actor Ralph Fiennes attended a Dec. 23 show.
BEN STILLER and CHRISTINE TAYLOR
It was a family affair on Nov. 30 when Ben Stiller and wife Christine Taylor brought their kids Ella Olivia, 14, and Quinlin Dempsey, 11, backstage after the show.
"Thank you, great Stiller, for bringing your remarkable, beautiful family to see @DearEvanHansen," Platt wrote on Instagram. "Your kids already have better taste than me."
The Mindy Project creator and star Mindy Kaling couldn't stop gushing about the show after she visited on Nov. 19.
"Dear Ben Platt, #dearevanhansen is the best thing I've ever seen," she wrote on Instagram. "You are so talented and everyone should see this hilarious and poignant musical. It blew me away. Sincerely, me"
NEIL PATRICK HARRIS and DAVID BURTKA
Tony winner Neil Patrick Harris and his husband, David Burtka, both have extensive experience on Broadway— so it's no surprise to see them visiting the theater. The pair saw the show on Jan. 7, and met Platt afterward.
"Hugely inspiring fellows and just about the kindest gentlemen around," Platt wrote on Instagram. "Meant the world to have you both at the show tonight"
Mariska Hargitay is used to busting perps on Law & Order: SVU — but Platt was all smiles when she caught him backstage after a Dec. 10 show.
"Thank you @therealmariskahargitay for coming to @DearEvanHansen," he wrote on Instagram. "Overwhelmed by your kindness and generosity."
Debra Messing visited the Music Box Theatre on Dec. 18. — just two blocks away from where the Will & Grace alum made her Broadway debut in 2014's Outside Mullingar. The actress also has some other experience in the theater community — playing a musical lyrcist and book writer in NBC's two-season cult favorite Smash.
ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER
Superstar composer Andrew Lloyd Webber currently has three shows on Broadway — School of Rock, Cats, and the longest running show on the Rialto, The Phantom of the Opera. But he still found time to see Dear Evan Hansen on Nov. 18 and say hello to Platt backstage.
"Blinded by the brilliance of @andrewlloydwebber," Platt wrote on Instagram. "A complete honor to have you in our @DearEvanHansen audience, sir. Thank you for the kind words and wisdom (and for 'Gethsemane' from [Jesus Christ Superstar], my favorite and eternal warm up song)."
ROBIN LORD TAYLOR, ALLISON WILLIAMS and DARREN CRISS
Jan. 12 was a busy celeb night for Dear Evan Hansen — as Gotham star Robin Lord Taylor, Girls star Allison Williams and Glee alum Darren Criss all stopped by the musical. Afterward, they posed with Platt and showed off their DEH swag.
Broadway legend Joel Grey stopped by the show's Off-Broadway run in May — also known as "The Night Joel Grey Held My Hand," according to star Rachel Bay Jones
Best. Prom. Ever! Sir Ian McKellen joined the Dear Evan Hansen in a prom-like a conga line after his visit on March 12.