THE BOOK OF MORMON's Ben Platt to Join Meryl Streep in RICKI AND THE FLASH
A member of the Broadway 'MORMON' community will soon be teaming up with Meryl Streep.
According to Deadline, THE BOOK OF MORMON's Ben Platt has signed on to join the Streep, Kevin Kline and Rick Springsteen in Jonathan Demme's upcoming movie musical RICKI AND THE FLASH. Platt will play "Daniel, the bartender at Ricki and the Flash's regular spot, who worships Streep's Ricki."
Ricki and the Flash is the funny and touching story of a rock n' roll-loving woman who chased her tattered dream at the price of her family, but gets a last chance to, perhaps, make things right. Streep, the most Oscar®-nominated actor in history, is well known for her singing prowess on stage and screen (Mamma Mia, Into the Woods), but Ricki is a new gig even for the musically gifted star: a guitar-wielding, hard rockin' mamma by night and grocery store checkout lady by day.
Platt is making his Broadway debut after originating the role of Elder Cunningham to critical acclaim in the show's Chicago production (BroadwayWorld Chicago Award- Best Actor in a Touring Production). Platt made his on-screen debut last Fall as Benji Applebaum in Universal Pictures' smash hit Pitch Perfect (dir. Jason Moore, Teen Choice Award Nomination "Movie Scene Stealer"). National Tours: Caroline, or Change (dir. George C. Wolfe,Tony Kushner). Regional Credits: The Black Suits (Barrington Stage Company), The Power of Duff (New York Stage and Film, Stephen Belber), Dead End ( dir. Nicholas Martin, Ahmanson Theatre), The Music Man, Mame, Camelot, and The Sound of Music (Hollywood Bowl, dir. Gordon Hunt). Workshops/Readings: Murder at the Gates (dir. Peter Dubois, Steven Sater), Alice By Heart (Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik), Irma La Douce (dir. Rob Ashford, starringKatie Holmes), Bridges of Madison County (dir. Bartlett Sher, Jason Robert Brown).