Ben Platt Kicks Off Broadway Residency with Surprise Kacey Musgraves Duet: 'Surreal and Wonderful'

Singers Kacey Musgraves and Ben Platt duetted the song "Rainbow" from Musgraves' album 'Golden Hour'

<p>Jenny Anderson</p> Kacey Musgraves and Ben Platt

Jenny Anderson

Kacey Musgraves and Ben Platt

Ben Platt kicked off his new Broadway residency with a familiar face!

On Tuesday, May 28, the singer and actor welcomed Kacey Musgraves as a surprise guest for the first night of his 18-date residency at Broadway’s Palace Theatre in New York City.

The two duetted the song "Rainbow" from Musgraves’ Grammy-winning album Golden Hour.

"A surreal and wonderful first night at the Palace," Platt later wrote on Instagram. "Thank you to everyone who made this show possible, much more on that when I come back to earth."

The Theater Camp star, 30, then shared a special shoutout to Musgraves, 35, for making his "dreams come true."

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For the first night of the residency, timed to the release of his third album Honeymind, Platt star wore a light blue button-down shirt tucked into black slacks with a white stripe on the side. Musgraves, meanwhile, kept it simple in a velvet black minidress with diamonds along the collar.

The "Deeper Well" singer shared a video from the night to her Instagram Stories with the sweet message, "love you, @bensplatt."

Along with the dazzling duet, Platt's setlist included songs from Honeymind and his previous albums Reverie and Sing to Me Instead, as well as tributes to Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli. The "Bad Habit" singer made nods to his acting career, too, singing "Requiem" from Dear Evan Hansen and "River" by Joni Mitchell, the latter of which he covered in the Netflix series The Politician.

<p>Jenny Anderson</p> Kacey Musgraves and Ben Platt

Jenny Anderson

Kacey Musgraves and Ben Platt

Ben Platt: Live at the Palace is directed by Michael Arden, who recently directed the star in the 2023 Broadway revival of Alfred Uhry and Jason Robert Brown’s Parade, which earned the singer a Tony Award nomination for best actor in a leading role in a musical.

The singer shared the news of his residency on March 18 with an emotional Instagram post. "Like my foremothers Liza and Judy before me, it is far beyond my wildest imagination to announce that I’ll be playing a 3-week concert residency at The Palace on Broadway," he wrote.

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"I feel perpetually blessed to be part of the theatre community, and to have the opportunity to perform as myself and from my own perspective in this newly reopened, storied Broadway house is one of the greatest honors of my life."

Platt released a concert film on Netflix in 2020 documenting the final stop of his debut tour called Ben Platt Live from Radio City Music Hall.

Earlier this month, it was announced that Platt will perform at iHeartMedia and Procter & Gamble’s Can't Cancel Pride event alongside other big-names Meghan Trainor, Melissa Etheridge and RAYE.

Honeymind will be released on May 31 on all major music streaming platforms; the singles "Andrew, "Cherry on Top" and "Treehouse" are out now.

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