The Radio In My Head: Live at 54 Below

Run date: May 3, 2013 – May 18, 2013
Venue: 54 Below (New York, NY)

Cast: Aaron Tveit ([HIMSELF])

Directed by: Bryan Perri
Choreographed by: [NOT AVAILABLE]

Mixing Broadway with pop, childhood favorites with contemporary sounds, and superstar vocals with charismatic good looks, Aaron Tveit’s cabaret debut was for six special, sold out performances.

SONG LIST

01. I’m Alive
02. Something’s Coming
03. If I Loved You / To Make You Feel My Love
04. When I Was Your Man
05. What You’d Call a Dream
06. One Song Glory
07. There’s a World / Hero and Leander
08. I Could Be in Love with Someone Like You
09. Run Away with Me
10. She’s Always a Woman to Me / A Case of You
11. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
12. Goodbye
13. My Romance / I Remember You [ENCORE]

REVIEWS

“[Tveit’s] nightclub act is a polished, carefully balanced program that weaves his theatrical signature songs, Top 40 hits, standards from the American songbook and ’70s pop classics into a thoughtful self-portrait. […] He pays close attention to lyrics and takes chances, as in a rendition of Joni Mitchell’s ‘Case of You,’ almost never sung by a man and for which he unfurled a plaintive falsetto. […] He also has a sly sense of humor. Singing Taylor Swift’s ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,’ he hammed it up just enough to put a joking distance between himself and the anger being vented. His brisk, effective performances of standards like ‘My Romance,’ ‘If I Loved You,’ and ‘Something’s Coming’ were devoid of showboating.”
THE NEW YORK TIMES

TRIVIA

• All six shows were recorded in preparation for a live album released, entitled The Radio In My Head. It will be released by Broadway Records in September 2013, with the song renditions chosen by Aaron himself.

• As a junior in high school, Aaron performed the role of Tony in West Side Story. He detailed this fact before jumping into “Something’s Coming,” his second song of the evening. Many of his friends who appeared in the high school production attended his various shows.

• Aaron’s dad “has a great voice,” he told the crowd, adding that it had been his father’s dream to move to Nashville to become a country music singer. Although he didn’t pursue that dream, he told Aaron “you’ve got to try it” when Aaron was struggling over whether or not to switch from a voice to theater major. In his dad’s honor, Aaron sang the Garth Brooks’ twangy cover of “To Make You Feel My Love,” a song originally written by Bob Dylan.

• Dedicated “When I Was Your Man” to “Graceland” co-star Vanessa Ferlito when she was in attendance at one of the final shows.

• “What You’d Call A Dream” is a number from Diamonds, a baseball revue. Aaron said that – although he listened to a lot of pop music – his friends suggested this song in particular for him to give a listen back in college. It’s perfect for the star, allowing him to combine two passions – baseball and musical theater – into one outstanding, emotional song.

• When Norbert Leo Butz – Aaron’s friend and Catch Me If You Can co-star – performed at 54 Below in 2012, he sang “I Could Be In Love With Someone Like You.” The song was originally written for a role Norbert originated in the musical, The Last 5 Years, but was eventually removed. Before singing the song on the first night of his performances, Aaron Tveit boasted that he would do the song better than his compadre — and then flubbed the lyrics majorly. In fact, he tripped over the lyrics twice on that first night. Ever the professional, Aaron picked up the song and continued, but not before gently ribbing himself. “We’re recording this!” he exclaimed. (As a side-note: he sung it perfectly every night thereafter.)

• As proven by a poll conducted by AaronTveit.net, “Run Away With Me” was the most requested song fans wanted to hear Aaron sing at 54 Below.

• “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” was a last-minute addition by Aaron and his musical director, Bryan Perri. He had debated whether or not to include but ultimately went for it, and it was a good thing — the show-stopping number was a great audience rouser and crowd pleaser. With a singalong at the tail end of the song, it was a great way to get the intimate venue of 54 Below involved with the production.

• At the end of each night – after a warning – Aaron came back to perform two final songs as his encore: a mashup of Richard Rodgers/Lorenz Hart’s “My Romance” and Victor Schertzinger/Johnny Mercer’s “I Remember You.”

• His band all had ties to Next To Normal, a musical in which Aaron Tveit helped originate: Bryan Perri (piano/musical director), Eric B. Davis (guitar), Michael Blanco (bass guitar), and Damien Bassman (drums).