October 22, 2014 • Category: ATN Exclusive
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Are Aaron Tveit’s fans the greatest, or what? From around the world, you guys came out by the hundreds to leave beautiful and inspiring birthday messages, proving how much of an impact Aaron has left globally — which is simply amazing!
I want to personally thank everyone who took some time out of their day to leave a message on the site. Like last year, they were forwarded to Aaron; and once again, he has sent ATN a letter to post on the site, expressing his gratitude to you, his faithful fans. Read his note exclusively here on ATN:
Wow. You are all AWESOME
First I have to say thank you to Kristina for organizing this birthday message project once again!
And you guys..
I really don’t even know what to say. I am so moved and touched and humbled reading all of these messages. I usually just have my head down and go about my day and work, but to have a moment to hear from you all, and receive your birthday wishes and all the amazing things you have to say…
Really stops me in my tracks!
To read your letters, see your artwork, watch your videos, read your cards and collages and poems, and to think of the time and effort you all put in to get these in for MY birthday..
What a thing.
I cannot begin to express my gratitude.
Thank you. Thank you!
October 21, 2014 • Category: ATN Exclusive
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Happy Birthday, Aaron! For most people, it would be pretty tough to top a year when a street was named in their honor — but, let’s be honest, most people don’t have a Stephen Sondheim production in their pending repertoire. To jump into Assassins after a three-year hiatus from live theater is a marvelous introduction into 31, hopefully acting as an indicator of Things To Come in the next year. Especially after being further wowed by your portrayal of Mike Warren in season two of “Graceland,” I can say with certainty that those seeing you as John Wilkes Booth in the coming months are in for a treat; and even if they can’t make it to a show, your fans – the self-appointed Tveitor Tots – wait with baited breath for more professional endeavors on the distant horizon.
Speaking of your fans, they are a truly amazing bunch. Like last year, they’ve shared stories and posted beautiful birthday messages from around the globe — and hopefully they will serve as a perfect present to you. I hope your day is super fantastic and that you’ll once again enjoy the passionate support from your fans.
As announced by the Daily Mail columnist, Baz Bamigboye, Aaron Tveit will make his UK stage debut in Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s revue-style Assassins. Directed by Jamie Lloyd (2014’s Richard III), the revival is to take place at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory starting in November.
Aaron recently spoke to Bamigboye about his return to live theater, stating, “I saw Hedwig And The Angry Inch, and I wanted to leave my seat and join in.” Last year, in May, Aaron performed several sold out cabaret shows at New York’s 54 Below. But Assassins will be the first stage musical Aaron has been in since Catch Me If You Can closed in 2011. “I’ve been dying to do a Sondheim show and dying to work in the UK,” he said to the Daily Mail. “Now I get to do both.”
An official synopsis of Assassins, from the Chocolate Factory website, reads: “Thirteen people have tried to kill the president of the United States. Four have succeeded. These murderers and would-be murderers are generally dismissed as maniacs and misfits who have little in common with each other, and nothing in common with the rest of us. Assassins suggests otherwise…”
Aaron will lead the production as John Wilkes Booth, the man behind President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. Carly Bawden, Simon Lipkin, Mike McShane, Andy Nyman, David Roberts, and Catherine Tate are already set to star, with further casting to be announced.
Assassins starts November 21st and runs through March 7th; previews and their fixed prices (£30-38) end on Nov. 29th. You can still purchase tickets at Menier Chocolate Factory’s website, which are currently set from £35-43. Aaron is attached to the full run of the show.
Last night (September 29th), Aaron Tveit joined other artists at the “Sundance…Sings!” concert, hosted by New York’s Symphony Space. The event celebrated composers and lyricists who have spent time at the Sundance Institute Theatre Lab, a developmental retreat founded by Robert Redford that aids in the creation of new work; an array of talent helped showcase the music and songs of productions such as Spring Awakening and Grey Gardens.
At the event, Aaron Tveit performed “Poison in My Pocket” from the 2014 Tony Award: Best Musical winner, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder. For that performance, he was joined with Catherine Walker (who will soon be playing Phoebe D’Ysquith on the Broadway production of Gentleman’s Guide) and Tony winner Shuler Hensley. As a solo act, Aaron delivered a beautiful rendition of “Love to Me” from The Light in the Piazza. Visit Symphony Space’s website for a full program.
Photos from the evening have been added to the gallery, including Aaron singing his two numbers as well as a backstage shot with the whole ensemble.
The final episode of “Graceland” season two aired on Wednesday night, leaving audiences on the biggest cliffhanger yet. The breathtaking finale saw the various missions established by the Graceland household fall apart, causing unexpected carnage and chaos. Although a season three hasn’t been officially confirmed, do you have any predictions on where the show will go next? (Please be aware that comments will likely have spoilers — read at your own discretion.)
Additionally, Zap2it recently spoke to Aaron Tveit about his character, Mike Warren, and the arc he faced throughout season two. There’s also some personal predictions and hopes from Aaron about season three that’s worth checking out. An excerpt is provided below, but please visit the source for the full article.
“It’s been so much fun for me to see the student become the teacher, but really this idealist becomes a cynic. To do good undercover work and to get things done you do have to compromise things,” Tveit says of Mike’s character arc this season. “Mike was just doing his job and in my opinion, doing a great job. The fact that other people were personally caught up in his wake — that wasn’t his concern.”
SOURCE: ZAP2IT (SPOILERS)
September 12, 2014 • Category: Gallery
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September 4, 2014 • Category: Gallery
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As the arrests of Sid and the Solanos near, even the best laid plans begin to crumble.
September 4, 2014 • Category: Gallery
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Off the heels of a street naming ceremony, Playbill.com has released a new interview with Aaron Tveit in which they talk about the honor. And with two episodes of “Graceland” left in season two, it’s no surprise they delve a little bit into the USA Network show — including transitioning from stage to small screen and whether or not there are plans for Aaron’s character, Mike Warren, to sing.
Speaking of singing, Aaron also talks about hopeful plans in the future, like performing in classic revivals and wanting to perform with more orchestras around the nation. In the meantime, he’ll get some of his concert fix this Saturday, as he’ll be performing with the Pasadena Pops in Michael Feinstein’s “New York! New York!” show.
Check out an excerpt of the article below before heading to the source for more:
After starring in two brand-new musicals, Tveit, who said he’s a fan of the classic musical catalog of Carousel, West Side Story, and South Pacific, among others, said he would like to perform in a revival. He also is “dying to do a play,” listing David Mamet and Martin McDonagh as two of his favorite playwrights.
“New musicals are really hard, to be completely honest,” he said. “Everyone’s taking a big chance and it’s a lot of hard work — which is also so exciting to get to be a part of something. But doing a revival, you’re working on a [known] property. You have to figure out a new way to do it or a fun way to do it. Those musicals are revived and are classics for a reason.”
On Sunday, August 31st, Aaron Tveit was in his hometown of Middletown, NY to help with the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine grand opening ceremony. His duty was to act as keynote speaker for the event, in which he used his passionate experience to talk to inaugural medical students receiving their white coat.
Speaking to TWC News at the event, Aaron stated: “I see how my work affects people in a positive way and I think that’s what [medical students] are going to be doing on a daily basis. So I thought that’s how it tied together; the passion you do for a living can help other people.”
“I was lucky enough to follow my dreams and into my profession, and a lot of these doctors are probably doing that,” said Tveit.
The opening ceremony was held for the opening of Touro College’s osteopathic medicine wing, which was previously Horton Hospital — where Aaron was born. Middletown mayor Joe DeStefano said using Aaron as a speaker and representative at the event “couldn’t be a better fit” and that it was important to acknowledge successful natives of the town.
Following the opening and white coat ceremonies, Aaron hit the streets in front of the Paramount Theater. There, he received quite an honor: a street devoted entirely to him. Called “Aaron Tveit Way,” the new name replaces the South Street portion in front of the Paramount. Because Aaron had performed at the theater as a teenager, his honorary street name’s location seems even more appropriate.
Mayor DeStefano joined Aaron – and the Tveit family – to unveil the sign amidst flashing cameras along with throngs of fans and friends (including Aaron’s former music teacher, Greg Bennett) lining the barricade in support. Photos from the event can be seen in the gallery.
“Never in a million years would I have expected something like this,” Aaron said at the street sign unveiling. “It’s pretty great.”