As part of a fundraiser to help Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Aaron Tveit showed up at the Disaster musical’s Disaster Relief event last night. As part of an ongoing series, artists are asked to perform onstage after the curtain call to raise money for BCEFA. Because Aaron’s former Catch Me If You Can co-star Kerry Butler is in Disaster, it’s no surprise that we got to see a reunion — and it was anything but disastrous. Together, they sang a beautiful duet – “Seven Wonders” – which was a staple song for their CMIYC characters, Frank and Brenda. Check out the video above.
In support of MCC Theater – which just hosted the 2016 Miscast gala – Charitybuzz held several live, online auctions that concluded earlier today. One of those auctions happened to be lunch with Aaron Tveit, where one lucky winner and a guest will be able to join Aaron (and his guest, casting director Bernie Telsey) for a private lunch date in New York City.
Although the estimated auction total for lunch with Aaron was originally set at $2000, the winning bid actually capped off at $10,250! His auction finished with the highest total, with the second-highest going to a Hamilton package (including two tickets to the show and a backstage tour by a cast member, which went for $4.5k). Overall, it sounds like the online event was a huge success. For those who contributed: thank you!
Just because you don’t have a few extra grand to bid on VIP lunches and tours doesn’t mean you can’t help benefit MCC Theater, an off-Broadway theater company that also offers free education programs. They are continually taking deductible donations, which can be set at any amount affordable to you. To donate, please visit MCC Theater’s website.
On April 4th, MCC Theater hosted the 2016 Miscast gala, featuring numerous Broadway stars performing songs from roles in which they would never be cast. This year, Lea Salonga, Tina Fey, Tituss Burgess, and many others were in on hand to both woo and entertain those lucky enough to attend.
As previously announced, Aaron Tveit was also part of this year’s lineup, which marked his third Miscast appearance to date. This time, he performed a heart-wrenching rendition of “As Long As He Needs Me” from Oliver!; you can watch a professionally shot video of it on MCC Theater’s YouTube. His second song of the night – RENT‘s “Take Me Or Leave Me” – was a show-stopping duet with Gavin Creel. Paul Wontorek of Broadway.com reported that video of the performance had half a million views just one day after it was uploaded! Check it out below:
While we wait for a release date for Stereotypically You, we can at least read Aaron Tveit’s thoughts on the upcoming romantic-comedy he stars in. Talking to Collider, he addresses what drew him to the role and why it isn’t like other rom-coms, including showing the process of love and discovery from a man’s perspective.
Although this interview primarily focuses on Stereotypically You, there’s also some chatter about Aaron’s new CBS show, “BrainDead,” as well as the incredibly successful presentation of Fox’s “Grease: Live.” Read an excerpt below before heading to the source for more.
This is not the kind of romantic comedy where everything is wrapped up neatly with a bow. Was that also appealing to you?
TVEIT: Yeah, and I think that’s something Ben also really wanted to convey. Even though the film goes out of reality, the real reality of the movie is realistic. Things don’t always tie up in a nice bow. Even when you make strides with people and relationships, it’s complicated. Life doesn’t move in a linear fashion. Life makes lefts and rights, and it doubles back. What I also really liked about Ben’s script is that Charlie is okay, but he’s not riding off into the sunset with a new girl, which is another way that it doesn’t fall into cliche.
As if there hasn’t been enough fantastic news for Aaron Tveit lately, Undrafted – in which he stars – has finally found a distributor! Vertical Entertainment has acquired worldwide rights for the baseball drama, according to Deadline. A release date has yet to be set, but we’re moving closer to the film’s debut.
Writer and director Joseph Mazzello said of the acquisition, “I am thrilled to be partnering with Vertical to distribute Undrafted. around the globe. I can’t wait for the world to see this film, and to love it the same way we all do. Thanks to Vertical that will soon become a reality.” This is Mazzello’s feature directorial debut, making this deal that much sweeter for him.
Deadline has summarized Undrafted as follows:
Inspired by the real experiences of Mazzello’s brother, the story examines how one moves on from crushing disappointment as it follows collegiate baseball star John Mazetti (Tveit), whose major league dreams are dashed when he’s skipped over in the MLB draft. John comes to grips with missing out on a baseball career as he throws himself in with a misfit intramural baseball league.
G’day! Aaron Tveit is currently in Australia and in the midst of rehearsals for his upcoming concert series honoring Stephen Schwartz, Defying Gravity. While there, he’s squeezing in some promo, including a stop at “The Morning Show.” You can watch the video above, in which he mentions Defying Gravity and chats a bit more about the “Grease: Live” experience. He also plays a “game” called Co-star Connotations, in which he gives quick thoughts about several actors he’s worked with, like Australia’s own Hugh Jackman.
As a bonus, Aaron also talked to Alan Jones on his Breakfast Show, which you can listen to here.
As previously reported, the 2016 Santa Barbara International Film Festval hosted the world premiere of Stereotypically You on Saturday, February 6th. Aaron Tveit was in attendance, along with co-stars Kelen Coleman, Lauren Miller Rogen, and Abby Elliott. Director Benjamin Cox was also on hand to talk about the film during a Q&A. Unfortunately, there are no videos from the interview panel, but I have added some pictures from the event to the gallery.
Just because “Grease: Live” is over doesn’t mean the media is done talking about the critically acclaimed television event. Earlier today, Aaron Tveit appeared on Access Hollywood Live to give more deets on the ambitious production — like the pressure of costume changes (particularly just before and during “Those Magic Changes”) and how they rehearsed a potentially different opening just fifteen minutes before showtime because of the testy weather.
In the second half of the interview – which you can view by continuing below – they discuss Stereotypically You and a little bit of Aaron’s upcoming CBS comic-thriller, “BrainDead.”
Yesterday morning, Aaron Tveit appeared on KTLA to talk about “Grease: Live” now that the pressure of the live show is over. He shares some previously unknown details about the production – including having as many as 15-20 stage managers – and reveals that he headed to In-N-Out for burgers and fries once the show wrapped. There’s a brief mention of Stereotypically You at the end (which has its world premiere at the Santa Barbara Film Festival tomorrow), but the interview primarily focuses on the tremendous feat that was “Grease: Live.”
It’s been years since Aaron Tveit was involved with Miscast, but the wait is finally over: he has been announced as a performer at this year’s gala, to be held at the Hammerstein Ballroom (in New York) on April 4th. Others in attendance include Lea Salonga, Tituss Burgess, Megan Hilty, Linda Lavin, Beth Behrs, “The Wiz’s” break-out star Shanice Williams, and Aaron’s recent “Grease: Live” co-star Ana Gasteyer. Miscast 2016 is also set to honor Academy Award winner Marisa Tomei.
Tickets for the event start at $99 for standard tickets to the revue; premium seats cost $149. You can buy tickets at this link. For those with extra cash on hand, tickets to the gala – which include a cocktail hour and dinner – start at $1000 for a single person. For more information on gala tickets, visit MCC Theater’s official site.
If you’re unfamiliar with Miscast, the event is rather self-explanatory: those guests invited must perform songs that they would otherwise never sing in a production. Often, this involves gender-swapped songs. In the past, Aaron has sang “Back To Before” from Ragtime and competed in a “pants-off” contest with fellow Wicked alumni Norbert Leo Butz as they dueted Wicked‘s “What is this Feeling?” After performing in “Grease: Live,” maybe we can now expect a male rendition of “Hopelessly Devoted To You”…?