‘Dear Evan Hansen’ star Ben Platt joined theater legend Patti LuPone for a tribute to composers Andrew Lloyd Webber and Leonard Bernstein at the 60th Grammy Awards televised this morning. Platt sang a stripped down version of ‘Somewhere’ from Bernstein’s ‘West Side Story’, while two-time Grammy winner LuPone delivered an impassioned performance of ‘Don’t Cry For Me Argentina’ from Webber’s ‘Evita’, a reprise of her number from the 1981 ceremony. Both performers earned a standing ovation from the crowd.
Watch the video of Platt and Lupone’s stirring performances below:
Platt won a Grammy award earlier in the pre-show as one of the principal soloists for ‘Dear Evan Hansen’. The cast recording won for Best Musical Theater Album over fellow nominees ‘Hello, Dolly!’ and ‘Come From Away’.
The Grammy win is also shared by songwriting duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who wrote the music and produced the album. This is the first Grammy for both, and with their Tony and Oscar wins last year for ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ and ‘La La Land’, respectively, they are now just one win away from a possible EGOT.
The cast of ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ shared the news of the win after their final bow at the Music Box Theatre in New York City.
— Dear Evan Hansen (@DearEvanHansen) January 29, 2018
Another potential EGOT winner, Lin-Manuel Miranda, won the third Grammy of his career for Best Song Written for Visual Media for ‘How Far I’ll Go’ from ‘Moana’. He was up against Pasek and Paul, who were also nominated for their song ‘City of Stars’.