Trivia

  • Attended Ithaca College for Vocal Performance, though later switched to Theater as a major. Aaron dropped out to tour nationally with RENT; however, as of May 2012, he has a BFA degree in Musical Theater from Ithaca.
  • Almost auditioned for the second season of “American Idol” but couldn’t because he was already committed to a musical during his sophomore year in college; he was forbidden from leaving rehearsal.
  • His father was a construction worker and his mother works as a special education school teacher. They’ve always been supportive of Aaron and his musical/theater career path.
  • Has stated that he likes to “veg out” after a performance, going home to play video games (Call of Duty) or watch TV (SportsCenter).
  • Aside from catching up on sports, Aaron has said he enjoys the following television programs: “Breaking Bad,” “Friday Night Lights,” “Game of Thrones,” “Mad Men,” “The Sopranos,” “The Wire,” “Rectify,” “Justified,” and “Homeland.”
  • Aaron is a huge baseball fan, his team being the Yankees. He has also taken part in the annual Broadway Softball League, which puts Broadway stars against one another for a friendly game of softball. He has previously played on teams for Catch Me If You Can and Rock Of Ages.
  • Picked up the violin at age five – although he stopped playing by sixth grade – then the French horn. Aaron has also played the guitar (notably on stage, as Roger, in RENT).
  • Music-wise, his guilty pleasure is Taylor Swift. Otherwise, he enjoys artists like Adele, Band Of Horses, Bon Iver, Incubus, Kings of Leon, Kendrick Lamar, and Frank Ocean.
  • On a related note, he’s stated that his musical influences include Stevie Wonder, Kurt Cobain (of Nirvana), and Michael Jackson. Crosby, Stills & Nash and Paul Simon were huge in his household as a child.
  • Doesn’t drink during productions because he’s on constant vocal rest. Aaron’s also clarified that he doesn’t like going out at all because he’d have to speak over people, tiring his voice.
  • In a Q&A with Playbill, stated that his dream role is to play Edmund in Eugene O’Neil’s masterwork, Long Day’s Journey Into Night.
  • One weekend in December of 2011 was very busy – and exciting – for Aaron: he found out he got the role of Mike Warren in “Graceland” and Enjolras in Les Misérables only two days apart.
  • The first time Aaron saw Les Misérables – the stage musical – was when he was fifteen, in tenth grade, with his high school chorus. He confirmed that the experience impacted him due to the “heroic aspects” and how emotionally invested he was with the material. (Unfortunately, he didn’t get to join the Broadway revival a few years later because of his full theater schedule.)
  • When asked who would be part of his “Broadway boyband,” Aaron answered the following: Jeremy Woodard (for his “badass country, southern boy” flair), Steven Booth (to help sing high harmonies), Curtis Holbrook (he “can dance his ass off”), and Les Mis co-star Fra Fee (“just ’cause he’s hilarious”).
  • His perfect day when he was 16-years-old: “Five of my buddies and I would go play a pick-up basketball game in the afternoon, then get together and hang out. So it was all about really hanging out with my friends, and I just loved to play sports.”
  • First car – which he got at age sixteen – was a 1993, two-door, green, Honda Accord… with a “sick system” in the back. “It was awesome,” he says.
  • Says his favorite shows as a kid were “Ghost Busters” and “Family Matters.”
  • They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Aaron’s go-to cereal is Frosted Flakes.
  • For the holiday season, Aaron says that his mom still gifts him with a stocking — from “Santa.” The contents inside are usually deodorant, his preferred brand of socks, chapstick, and hair product.