Fox has released a brand new promo video for “Grease: Live,” just one day after the first promotional photos debuted. Although only a thirty-second clip, we get to see the cast having fun as they show off their hand-jiving skills. And, there are even more looks at who will help fill Rydell High, including Carly Rae Jepsen (Frenchy), Keke Palmer (Marty Maraschino), Kether Donohue (Jan), and Carlos PenaVega (Kenickie). Aaron Tveit also appears as Danny, along with Julianne Hough (Sandy) and Vanessa Hudgens (Rizzo). “Grease: Live” airs on Fox January 31st.
The first promotional photos for “Grease: Live” have been released, courtesy of People! In these new promo shots, we get our very first look at Aaron Tveit as Danny Zuko, Julianne Hough as Sandy (before and after her iconic transformation), and Vanessa Hudgens as Rizzo. (Pick up the latest issue of People to learn some insight about Hough’s take on Sandy.) “Grease: Live” airs on Fox January 31st.
As Doc Brown stated this morning: the future has arrived. And while today might not be the future you once thought possible, it is the one you created with your own skill, determination, and bravery. You see, there is a certain kind of fearlessness that comes with an actor such as yourself. With impending projects “Grease: Live” and “BrainDead,” you’ve once again established that you aren’t afraid to push yourself and welcome challenging roles or opportunities. It is an admirable trait; one that has resonated with many of your fans, as evidenced in their many birthday wishes.
What’s especially great about being a public figure with such ambition is that you’re able to instill dreams and a sense of belief in so many adoring admirers. They, too, can work hard and achieve greatness. Like years before, your legions of fans from around the world have left beautiful messages wishing you the best in your new year. Some have shared personal stories of finding strength through your talents, while others have discovered their own passion because of your performances. By establishing your own accomplishments by this October 21, 2015, you have helped shaped their future, Doc. And that’s a pretty nifty gift to have in your 32nd year and beyond.
Have a very happy birthday, Aaron. Here’s to your own future — and making it a good one.
Back in September, Aaron posted a teaser on his Instagram, stating “something really fun coming soon.” Today, fans finally got to see/hear what the new project was: a cover of “Defying Gravity” from Wicked.
As part of a new series called “Out Of Oz: Wicked Studio Sessions,” Wicked alumnus and current performers are asked to sing “reimagined versions of Wicked songs.” In this instance, former Fiyero Aaron Tveit joined forces with Rachel Tucker – currently playing the role of Elphaba on Broadway – and dueted a stunningly stripped down version of “Defying Gravity.” You can listen to the song (over and over again) at the video above.
Aaron Tveit fans no longer need to sing the “Graceland” blues: he has been tapped to star in CBS’s upcoming comic-thriller, “BrainDead.” The original series is created by Robert and Michelle King of “The Good Wife,” who also serves as producers and writers on the project.
Filling the role of Gareth, Aaron will showcase some of his comedic chops. Gareth is described as “the legislative director to a top Republican senator whose wit is only trumped by his pragmatism.” He’s also described as “smart, hardworking, and ultimately responsible for helping to save the world.” Mary Elizabeth Winstead has already been cast to play Laurel, the daughter of a Democratic political dynasty and love interest to Gareth.
Of Aaron’s casting, the Kings stated they are “thrilled that Aaron will be joining ‘BrainDead.’ We’re huge fans of his work – he’s spectacular on stage and screen – and think he’ll be a fantastic opponent-slash-love-interest for Mary Elizabeth Winstead.”
Per Variety, “BrainDead” follows a young Hill staffer – Laurel – recently employed in Washington DC to assist her brother, the senate majority whip, at his office. There, she discovers that the government has stopped working — and that alien spawn have been eating the brains of congressmen and other Hill staffers. If that sounds inspired, it’s because the Kings hope the genre crossover will allow them to best address current news and events.
“We wanted to do a show that was a mix of genre-pulp and highbrow politics; ‘The Strain’ crossed with ‘The West Wing,'” the Kings said in a statement for the announcement of the series back in July. “It seemed like the best way to address the news today — not straight, but as the opening act of a horror movie.”
With a straight-to-series order, “BrainDead” will have thirteen one-hour episodes off the bat; it is scheduled to premiere in summer 2016.
Aaron Tveit is ready to defy gravity by flying to the Land Down Under for a special concert honoring legendary lyricist and composer, Stephen Schwartz. The event – aptly called Defying Gravity – is set to take place on February 12 & 13, 2016 at the Theatre Royal in Sydney, Australia; there are three concerts total scheduled.
This marks Aaron’s first appearance in Australia. He is to co-headline Defying Gravity with two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster. Also scheduled to attend are Helen Dallimore, David Harris, and West End star Joanna Ampil. Tony Award winner and cultural icon Betty Buckley will also make a special appearance at the show, serving as her debut Sydney performance.
Stephen Schwartz is a noted composer in both the theater and film world, working on everything from Wicked and Godspell on Broadway to Pocahontas and Enchanted in Hollywood. He has received three Academy Awards and four Grammys for his extensive musical contributions to the arts. Defying Gravity is a unique opportunity for Australasian fans to experience an array of his award-winning songs – like “Defying Gravity” (Wicked), “When You Believe” (Prince Of Egypt), and “Corner Of The Sky” (Pippin) – with renowned musical theater stars.
Tickets for the event go on sale Friday, October 16th. If you sign up for the official mailing list before 9am on October 12th, you’ll receive a pre-sale offer that gives you early ticket access.
Despite being a self-proclaimed “t-shirt and jeans kinda guy,” Aaron Tveit knows his fashion. Acknowledging that he admires classics and style staples like a leather jacket, he admits that he does occasionally enjoy dressing out of his comfort zone — an aspect he also applies to his wide-ranging role choices.
One previously out of the box sartorial selection he’s picked up from Brits during his time overseas? “Colorful socks,” he says. “How it worked with their trainers and pants and lots of other very small details. I’ve tried to take that from them.”
Enjoy a new photo shoot from Farfetch, and a brief interview in which Aaron talks about some of his go-to style choices and advice, including which two celebrities he admires in vastly different ways. You can read an excerpt below, then head to the source for the full editorial.
Having arrived at the shoot dressed in a beaten white tee, denim shorts, and classic Nike sneakers, Aaron is nonetheless more than game for dressing up in this season’s most fashion-forward coats. “I’m a t-shirt and jeans kinda guy. But I do like the opportunity to dress outside of my comfort zone.” And as he did, we managed to persuade him to share some of his own style secrets…
GO HELL FOR LEATHER
Aaron’s co-stars in “Grease: Live” are Julianne Hough and Vanessa Hudgens, but there’s another reason he’s excited for the role: the amazing Fifties costumes. “I have a leather jacket that I bought in 2007 and still wear,” he enthuses. “That was my first big designer purchase.”
From his first filmed appearance in Ghost Town to his extensive involvement in two original Broadway shows (Next To Normal and Catch Me If You Can) to Fox’s upcoming “Grease: Live,” Aaron has a lot to talk about. In a recent interview with BuzzFeed, he sat down to reminisce over these career highlights and milestones, including his curly Enjolras wig and which role of his has yielded a lot of very strong opinions.
Check out an excerpt below before heading to the source for the full piece — not to mention a few new gifs sprinkled throughout:
Aaron Tveit: The word that really comes to mind is “us.” It’s such a collective experience between myself and my cast, and our creators and our showrunners, and our crew — we just really love each other and have so much fun. We all live in Florida to shoot the show, so I think that creates a sense of our own little community because we’re all transplanted. So when I think about “Graceland,” I really think about the entire group of cast and crew.
Do you guys do fun stuff after filming?
AT: Yeah, it’s interesting because we all kind of live there in a place where we don’t live. We all do our own thing, but then we all feel the itch of loneliness at the same time and we’ll all text each other like, “Hey, want to go get dinner this weekend?” So we all feel this at similar times.
Do you have any crazy Florida stories?
AT: You take your life in your own hands driving down the street every day. Having to drive I-95 every day in Florida is like, the most dangerous experience.
The agents struggle in the aftermath of the gang war while Briggs tracks down a loose end in order to bring Ari Adamian to justice.
With animosity brewing between Mike Warren and Paul Briggs, it’s no surprise that Mike wants to find “the wires” to take down a scheming “magician” that is his fellow federal agent. And, it seems as if he’s just discovered a huge, life-threatening aspect – the sarin gas shipment – that links straight back to Briggs. The subject of good versus bad within the Graceland household has been brought up several times this season — which side do you think Briggs is on?