Ben Platt moves away from 'Dear Evan Hansen' with new album

NEW YORK — Much of Ben Platt's debut album "Sing to Me Instead" is inspired by past loves, but he laughs at the notion that he could be pulling a Taylor Swift.

Platt says the songs are more about emotions than specifics, so there's no need to give any former boyfriends a heads-up.

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The album doesn't just put his exes in the rearview mirror, it also puts distance between Platt and his Tony Award-winning role in "Dear Evan Hansen."

Little on the album is reminiscent of the earnest songs from the hit Broadway musical; instead, "Sing to Me Instead" is a more soulful project.

Platt goes on tour with the new album next month.

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