Aaron to Host 2016 Stockings With Care

October 31, 2016 • Category: General News 0

Aaron Tveit is no stranger to Stockings With Care, a non-profit organization and event that benefits families in need. He has been involved with the annual Celebrity Bartending event in the past — but this year, he has been announced as Host Committee for the fundraiser.

The 2016 Stockings With Benefit Gala will take place at Bowery Hotel Ballroom in New York on Thursday, November 3rd (from 7-10pm). Sullivan Stapleton, Jessica Hecht, and Rocco DiSpirito have also been announced as part of the host committee, alongside Aaron. Celebrity bartenders this year include Titus Burgess, Carrie Preston, Dean Winters, Geneva Carr, Murray Bartlett, and Jessica Pimentel; you can view the entire guest list at the invitation site. DJ Rosé will supply the music for a night of dancing, dining, and drinking, while an auction will be held to help raise funds for the charity.

Those interested in attending can purchase two different types of tickets: Elf or VIP Santa. Elf tickets cost $150 and include general admission, select libations, snacks, and access to the aforementioned celebrity bartenders. For $500, the VIP Santas will receive VIP room admission, a full open bar, premium snacks, a meet & greet with the celebrity bartenders, and first option on auction items. All guests must be 21 or over and are asked to dress in festive attire.

Stockings With Care (SWC) is an annual event that grants the holiday wishes of homeless families and those in assistance programs. Over 1,500 children were surprised with their own Christmas miracle last year, receiving gifts from individual donors (“Santas”), corporations, and volunteers who purchase and wrap donations based on actual wish lists. This year is SWC’s 25th anniversary; to date, over 50,000 children have benefitted from hard work and support to those in need. Casting director Rosalie Joseph and producer Tom Fontana are the founders.

If you can’t attend the Gala but would still like to help, please visit Stockings With Care’s official site and consider donating. If you’re in the NYC-area, you can also volunteer to be a “Santa.”

TimesTalk with Michael Greif

October 29, 2016 • Category: General News, Public Appearances 0

On Friday, October 28th, Aaron Tveit took part in the TimesTalk series to help honor the visionary director, Michael Greif. Speaking to The New York Times’ Scott Heller, Greif reflected on his wondrous career, which includes directing RENT, If/Then, Next To Normal, and the upcoming critically-acclaimed Dear Evan Hansen. If you notice a complex theme running through his various productions, there’s a reason for that: “I’m generally drawn to musicals that, at some point, get invested in difficult journeys for their characters,” Greif stated at the event.

In addition to a Q&A with Greif were performances and discussions with actors who have been involved with his work. Ben Platt, Jennifer Damiano, Adam Chanler-Berat, Rachel Bay Jones, Rebecca Naomi Jones, and Aaron Tveit were joined by Alex Lacamoire (musical director/orchestrator of Hamilton) on the piano to sing stripped down versions of songs from musicals in which Greif was creatively involved. Aaron sang three songs at the TimesTalk: “One Song Glory” and “What You Own” from RENT and “Superboy and the Invisible Girl” from Next To Normal.

You can watch a majority of the Q&A and performances in the video below. For more information on Dear Evan Hansen, check out their official site — and consider checking it out, if you’re in the NYC-area. Tickets are still available via Telecharge.

#Ham4Ham – Aaron Tveit Edition

June 22, 2016 • Category: General News 0

Back in mid-April, Hamilton‘s creator Lin-Manuel Miranda teased about an upcoming #Ham4Ham with Aaron Tveit (aptly dubbed #Tveit4Ham). Featuring special guests, #Ham4Ham is a pre-show “experience” for fans who entered the Hamilton lottery to win day-of tickets to the otherwise sold-out show. Since its conception, it has become a hot event, not unlike the musical Hamilton itself!

Although initially thought to happen “in the lusty month of May,” schedules never quite matched up — until today. Finally, the wait for Tveit was over.

Because Lin-Manuel will soon be leaving Hamilton, the first order of business was to introduce his #Ham4Ham successor: Rory O’Malley of Book Of Mormon fame. Rory revisited his number from the hit Broadway musical, “Turn It Off,” about repressing certain tendencies. It wasn’t long after that Aaron Tveit emerged from the doors, surprising fans with a rendition of “I’m Alive” from Next To Normal – yet another Broadway success story – and practically seducing Rory’s sexually confused Elder McKinley in the process. Fans went wild, proving it was all well worth the wait.

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Check out the performance above and the special 360-degree video, which best conveys the live experience for those unable to attend. Like what you see? There are even more #Ham4Ham videos at the official site and on their YouTube.

“Home At Last” Gig Announced

May 17, 2016 • Category: General News 0

As part of a special event hosted by Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Aaron Tveit will join Gavin DeGraw and Andy Grammer for a one-night gig on August 28th. All three singers hail from Sullivan and Orange County, where Bethel Woods is located, and they will help celebrate the Center’s 10th anniversary. The event is to place in Bethel, NY – famously known as the home of Woodstock 1969 – and starts at 7pm. Following the performance, DeGraw and Grammer will embark on a national tour together; Aaron’s special appearance is slated for this single show.

For those interested in attending, reserved seating tickets will range in price from $53.00 to 64.50; open lawn admission is set at $33. Tickets for the general public go on sale May 21st at 10am, which you can purchase at Ticketmaster.

‘Daphne’s Dive’ Off-Broadway Opening Night

May 16, 2016 • Category: Gallery, General News, Public Appearances 0

At Signature Theater, Aaron Tveit attended the off-Broadway opening night for Daphne’s Dive on Sunday, May 15th. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Quiara Alegria Hudes, the new play stars Samira Wiley (“Orange Is the New Black”) and explores the relationship between her character and the barroom patrons she grew up with. Thomas Kail – who directed “Grease: Live” – is at the helm of this production as well. If you’re interested in attending, you can purchase tickets (starting at $25) at Signature Theater’s website; the play’s run has been extended to June 12th.

Second Stage 37th Anniversary Gala

After Aaron Tveit posted about a special rehearsal on Friday, fans were buzzing about a Next To Normal reunion that was to take place on May 2nd. As part of Second Stage’s 37th Anniversary Gala, N2N producer David Stone (who also handles Wicked) was to be honored. “[David] made Next To Normal possible with his belief in this show,” Aaron stated on Instagram.

Alongside Alice Ripley and J. Robert (“Bobby”) Spencer, Aaron joined the stage to revisit the powerful Next To Normal number, “You Don’t Know/I Am The One.” (Sadly, no video of this performance from the event has surfaced.) Original cast members Jennifer Damiano and Adam Chanler-Berat were also in attendance, happily joining for a N2N family reunion — minus Louis Hobson, who was notably missed by his co-stars.

‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Off-Broadway Opening

May 2, 2016 • Category: Gallery, General News, Public Appearances 0

Following a sold-out run in Washington D.C., the new musical Dear Evan Hansen had its off-Broadway opening at Second Stage theater on Sunday, May 1st. A day before his scheduled stint at the venue, Aaron Tveit appeared at the opening to lend his support. “What an incredibly beautiful, emotional show,” he stated on Instagram. “The cast is beyond stellar top to bottom.”

Directed by Next To Normal‘s Michael Greif with a score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the production has been heralded by critics as being “entertainingly smart and radiating charm, wit, and humor.” It seems to be loved by audiences, too: the New York run is also sold out! However, Second Stage notes that a limited number of General Admission tickets – as well as tickets reserved for youths (at $30) – are available at the box office an hour before curtain. If you’re in the area, it might be worth stopping by to catch the original musical “for the outsider in us all.”

Revisiting “Seven Wonders”

April 27, 2016 • Category: General News 2

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.

MCC Theater Charitybuzz Auction

April 14, 2016 • Category: General News 1

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.

2016 Miscast

April 6, 2016 • Category: Gallery, General News, Public Appearances 1

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: