October 22, 2013 • Category: ATN Exclusive
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As ATN promised, your beautiful birthday submissions were forwarded to Aaron Tveit yesterday. After reading through all of the messages (there’s 515 of them!), he asked the site to publish his very sincere thank you – to all of you – on his behalf. Please read Aaron’s letter of gratitude on your amazing birthday wishes below.
To all of you!
Let me first start by simply saying THANK YOU for all your incredible birthday messages!!
Kristina sent me the link yesterday to your birthday greetings and I read every single one of them. Thank you so much for sharing with me your beautiful stories and birthday wishes.
I have to say I really was floored! I am so grateful to have you all in my corner,it means the world.
The fact that you all took the time to write,or create incredible artwork and original cards–really truly just meant so much.
Please know how much I appreciate the constant support and love you send my way
Thank you so much!
Happy Birthday, Aaron! Welcome to a whole new decade. Despite Joey’s reaction above, they say actors start getting offered the really interesting parts in their thirties. And judging by your most recent role – in Big Sky – it seems like that ol’ saying might be true already. It’s been incredibly exciting to watch the trajectory of your career in the past year alone, and I cannot wait to see what else is in store for you professionally. I think I speak for all your fans when I say that it’s wonderful being a fan of an actor who loves to try new mediums, genres, characters, stories; someone who isn’t afraid of being daring and exploring his potential. Even better is when success follows truly kind-yet-talented folk, such as yourself. Here’s to you and your unbridled bravado, especially as you explore your thirties. May you have a very happy and fulfilling year.
It’s been crazy watching this website – and, therefore, your fan base – grow within a year. There are over 500 amazing birthday messages (and some photographic gifts) waiting for you in the comments. From all around the world, fans have shared inspiring stories while wishing you the happiest of birthdays. You’re an amazing aspiration to many; hopefully that knowledge in itself is a great present to have on this day. Enjoy!
October 6th was the official premiere of Big Fish at the Neil Simon on Broadway, Tony-winning actor Norbert Leo Butz’s new musical (also starring Bobby Steggert and Kate Baldwin). Inspired by the Tim Burton film, and directed by Susan Stroman, it’s a story about big tales and fatherhood. Andrew Lippa is responsible for the music and lyrics, while John August – who wrote the sceenplay for the film – also wrote the musical’s book.
Aaron Tveit – Norbert’s co-star on Catch Me If You Can – was in attendance at the Big Fish opening night, along with Hilary Swank, Billy Porter, Victor Garber, Whoopi Goldberg, Zachary Quinto, Ellen Greene, Liev Schreiber, Perez Hilton, and Zach Braff. Although Aaron did not walk the red carpet, he was at the after-party; you can view a few pics from the evening in the gallery, including an adorable shot of him with Norbert. Check out what Aaron had to say about the production below, courtesy of Broadway.com:
“It felt very nostalgic to be back at the Neil Simon,” Tveit told Broadway.com at the show’s opening night bash across 52nd Street at Roseland. The rising star previously appeared onstage at the theater when he made his Broadway debut as Link Larkin in Hairspray in 2006 and later headlined Catch Me If You Can in 2011 opposite the two-time Tony-winning star of Big Fish, Norbert Leo Butz.
“Norbert’s incredible,” he said. “He’s such a force of nature. Now when I watch him, I can see the little things he’s doing, and I know what it’s like to be up there with him. It’s just incredible.” Tveit admitted that he joined the legions of grown men who have cried at the sentimental show. “Oh yeah, I cried my eyes out,” he said. “It just smacks you in the face.”
One of the most versatile twenty-something actors, Tveit has appeared on Broadway (Catch Me if You Can), TV (“Gossip Girl”), and film (Les Misérables).
What’s new: Finishing the first season of “Graceland,” working on a couple of really exciting film projects, and releasing my first album.
Favorite New York moment: Performing on a Broadway stage for the first time in Hairspray in 2006.
Favorite neighborhood: Union Square — it’s a slice of the city.
Proudest achievements: Seeing two shows I worked on in development for years succeed on Broadway; fulfilling a lifelong dream to sing “God Bless America” at Yankee Stadium during a play-off game; and finally finishing my college degree last summer — 11 years after I started.
What makes a good relationship: Honesty and the ability to laugh together, and often.
Don’t get too excited, ladies and gentlemen, but Aaron Tveit is one of New York’s 100 Most Eligible Bachelors. This, according to Gotham magazine, which compiled a list of successful single men ranging from the entertainment industry to sports, technology, and hospitality. Others on the list include cronut creator Dominique Ansel, Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss (yes, the Social Network-featured Ivy League grad twins), Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, and some familiar actors: Billy Magnussen, Bradley Cooper, and Aaron’s “Gossip Girl” co-star Penn Badgley. Check out the whole list here, including a slideshow of the very attractive men.
While recently attending a “Graceland” press junket in California, Aaron Tveit talked to The Wall Street Journal about “Graceland” — including the series’ future. What can fans expect not only out of the season finale, but within season two? Where does Aaron personally see his character, Mike Warren, in the next year? He touches on the grey area of being a field agent and how that may shape the future of his character. Check out an interview excerpt below:
WSJ: The season one finale is upon us. How do you feel about Mike’s life come the end of this episode?
Aaron Tveit: Basically, the way I look at the finale, everything that has been building up in the season with Briggs and I and with the Kaza cartel and with Jangles, all of that definitely comes to head. A lot of stuff gets resolved but then, in a way, Mike and Briggs are kind of tied together; they are forced and bound together moving forward with the stuff yet to be seen.
Does Mike finally get what he’s wanted since the beginning of the season?
Yes and no. Mike doesn’t even know it in the moment, but he changes a lot in the course of the season. Going through this experience, he might not know what he wanted before might not what he wants now. Although he may have gotten what he set out to get, it’s kind of not; he may want other things. Those things could be different things then the things he got.
SOURCE: THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
On Thursday, September 5th, the 2013 Broadway Show League held its first championship game. Aaron Tveit’s team, Rock of Ages, was paired up against Motown. In a surprising turn of events, RoA actually lost, with a total score of 4-10. No worries, however: because it was their first loss of the playoff games, RoA will once again compete with Motown for a second, shorter-inning game and the championship title. In the meantime, check out some HQ shots of Aaron from the recent game. Good luck, Team Rock of Ages!
Another new interview is out, featuring Aaron Tveit talking about “Graceland” and what to expect in the last episodes of the season — including the fallout of Briggs’ recent reckless actions. Although it’s a fairly short video interview, Aaron also does touch upon the difference between acting in a starring role versus guest stints in television shows. “There’s more working and less waiting,” he says, “And that’s really nice. I would rather work than wait.”
Broadway Records has just released – via Facebook and Twitter – the official cover for Aaron Tveit’s upcoming album, The Radio In My Head: Live at 54 Below. The image used is from his limited stint at the New York supper club, 54 Below, where Aaron held six sold out concerts back in May. If you haven’t yet done so, be sure to pre-order The Radio In My Head. It will be released September 10th. You can also check out the track listing below:
If you’re curious about the craft of acting, look no further than BuzzFeed’s recent interview with Aaron Tveit. In it, Aaron goes in-depth on USA’s “Graceland,” including how he approached his character, Mike Warren, and in what ways he decided to develop his arc throughout season one. The journalist also asked Aaron about his previous Broadway runs in both Next To Normal and Catch Me If You Can, which inspired some talk about Aaron’s desire to once again return to the stage. Check out an excerpt below before heading to the source for more:
You talked a little bit about being able to show Mike’s development throughout the season. I was curious how you distinguish playing him in his off hours versus playing him when he’s undercover, when he does have to be a lot darker.
AT: I was constantly thinking of ways instead of telling – because they say all these things about how smart Mike is and how good of a potential agent he is – so I was constantly looking for ways for that to come through. And I thought one way would be that basically — it’s really great in the show that I get to have scenes with everyone. I have this really interesting relationship with Juan, who’s kind of my point person at the FBI. The relationship with Bello develops. It’s a really interesting relationship, and a really close relationship. And I have this relationship with Briggs. I basically wanted to have Mike deal with everyone differently. I thought that that would be a way to tell that story, and yeah, it’s interesting. The thing with Briggs is really complicated obviously, but with Bello, it’s like, yeah, I know this guy’s a bad guy, but I really like the guy. I kind of have compromised a lot of my beliefs to stick around and keep the investigation going with him. So, yeah, I tried to just really deal with everyone completely differently, and I thought that would be a way to show how Mike is different in every circumstance that he steps into. That’s kind of the way that I looked at it, or tried to look at it.
Do you feel like TV and film is a goal for most Broadway actors, or is it just a matter of wanting to try different things?
AT: Yeah, I don’t know. For some people it may be, but it never was — I said before, I didn’t know what was going to be my next thing after Catch Me If You Can. I’ve been really, really fortunate in the last five years or so that I’ve gotten to work on stage, on television, and on film, which I think up until recently, you kind of got pigeonholed into one thing, so I’ve been really grateful that I’ve been able to do all three. And that’s really just my goal. I just wanted to have a career doing this, and I want to be able to just do that for the rest of my career; to go back and forth. I can’t wait to get back on stage. I don’t know what it’s going to be. I’ve said it before, but I’m excited, ’cause I know one day I’m going to walk into the rehearsals room for a new show and have to learn new music and learn the script, and that’s going to be really, really thrilling.
Nearly a week ago, on August 15th, the Broadway Show League entered into its third and fourth playoffs; two games were held due to previous weather delays. Aaron Tveit once again joined team Rock Of Ages, which has yet to be defeated in the playoffs. Held against Motown, the first game resulted in a close score – 7-8 – with RoA barely pulling ahead for the win. They were then paired up against Jekyll & Hyde for their second playoff of the day but fared much better: the final score had Rock Of Ages pummeling their competition with a final score of 4-24.
Rock Of Ages are “bye” this week, meaning they won’t be playing tomorrow; however, their relentless wins have earned them a spot in the 2013 Championship Game. Congrats, Aaron and team!