Yesterday (January 15th), the Television Critics Association hosted the Fox portion of their promo tour at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena, California. “Grease: Live” had their own panel to talk about the much buzzed about live adaptation, with Aaron Tveit and his fellow cast-mates in attendance. Although there is no video of the panel (will update if this changes), there are photos from the event in the gallery. You can also find pics from the Fox-hosted “All-Star” after-party in the gallery as well.
Paul Wontorek of Broadway.com recently flew to California to hang out on the “Grease: Live” set and talk to some of our favorite T-Birds. Aaron Tveit, Jordan Fisher, and Andrew Call were on-hand to give a short tour of the Warner Brothers lot in Burbank, where they’ll be shooting “Grease: Live” on three different stages. (For those interested, we get to see what the “Greased Lightnin'” set will look like in this video.) Aaron promises that this new adaptation will honor the original Broadway production of Grease while delivering something completely new.
Bonus video: Which character from Grease would the “Grease: Live” cast have hooked up with in high school? Some of their answers may be surprising. Check out the video on YouTube.
A new article on “Grease: Live” has appeared in TV Guide, focusing on what we can expect from the upcoming live event on Fox. The new adaptation will be shot on three different sets within the Warner Brothers lot in Burbank, CA — including an outdoor spade for the year-end carnival (an iconic scene in the movie-musical especially). Jetting from set to set on golf carts, the cast will also be equipped with social media tools (including GoPro cameras) to further connect to the audience live. Julianne Hough, playing Sandy, muses, “What world do we live in?!”
Aaron Tveit is featured in OUT Magazine, on a one-page spread that focuses primarily on Grease. In the article, he talks about Danny Zuko in particular — and how he plans on making the role his own, despite the public’s close association to John Travolta’s take. There’s also a brief mention of his upcoming CBS television series, “BrainDead.” With a description being a “mix of ‘The West Wing’ and Invasion Of The Body Snatchers,” it’s easy to look forward to the new show! Check out the full article in the image above.
Back in September, Aaron posted a teaser on his Instagram, stating “something really fun coming soon.” Today, fans finally got to see/hear what the new project was: a cover of “Defying Gravity” from Wicked.
As part of a new series called “Out Of Oz: Wicked Studio Sessions,” Wicked alumnus and current performers are asked to sing “reimagined versions of Wicked songs.” In this instance, former Fiyero Aaron Tveit joined forces with Rachel Tucker – currently playing the role of Elphaba on Broadway – and dueted a stunningly stripped down version of “Defying Gravity.” You can listen to the song (over and over again) at the video above.
Aaron Tveit fans no longer need to sing the “Graceland” blues: he has been tapped to star in CBS’s upcoming comic-thriller, “BrainDead.” The original series is created by Robert and Michelle King of “The Good Wife,” who also serve as producers and writers on the project.
Filling the role of Gareth, Aaron will showcase some of his comedic chops. Gareth is described as “the legislative director to a top Republican senator whose wit is only trumped by his pragmatism.” He’s also described as “smart, hardworking, and ultimately responsible for helping to save the world.” Mary Elizabeth Winstead has already been cast to play Laurel, the daughter of a Democratic political dynasty and love interest to Gareth.
Of Aaron’s casting, the Kings stated they are “thrilled that Aaron will be joining ‘BrainDead.’ We’re huge fans of his work – he’s spectacular on stage and screen – and think he’ll be a fantastic opponent-slash-love-interest for Mary Elizabeth Winstead.”
Per Variety, “BrainDead” follows a young Hill staffer – Laurel – recently employed in Washington DC to assist her brother, the senate majority whip, at his office. There, she discovers that the government has stopped working — and that alien spawn have been eating the brains of congressmen and other Hill staffers. If that sounds inspired, it’s because the Kings hope the genre crossover will allow them to best address current news and events.
“We wanted to do a show that was a mix of genre-pulp and highbrow politics; ‘The Strain’ crossed with ‘The West Wing,'” the Kings said in a statement for the announcement of the series back in July. “It seemed like the best way to address the news today — not straight, but as the opening act of a horror movie.”
With a straight-to-series order, “BrainDead” will have thirteen one-hour episodes off the bat; it is scheduled to premiere in summer 2016.
Aaron Tveit is ready to defy gravity by flying to the Land Down Under for a special concert honoring legendary lyricist and composer, Stephen Schwartz. The event – aptly called Defying Gravity – is set to take place on February 12 & 13, 2016 at the Theatre Royal in Sydney, Australia; there are three concerts total scheduled.
This marks Aaron’s first appearance in Australia. He is to co-headline Defying Gravity with two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster. Also scheduled to attend are Helen Dallimore, David Harris, and West End star Joanna Ampil. Tony Award winner and cultural icon Betty Buckley will also make a special appearance at the show, serving as her debut Sydney performance.
Stephen Schwartz is a noted composer in both the theater and film world, working on everything from Wicked and Godspell on Broadway to Pocahontas and Enchanted in Hollywood. He has received three Academy Awards and four Grammys for his extensive musical contributions to the arts. Defying Gravity is a unique opportunity for Australasian fans to experience an array of his award-winning songs – like “Defying Gravity” (Wicked), “When You Believe” (Prince Of Egypt), and “Corner Of The Sky” (Pippin) – with renowned musical theater stars.
Tickets for the event go on sale Friday, October 16th. If you sign up for the official mailing list before 9am on October 12th, you’ll receive a pre-sale offer that gives you early ticket access.
Despite being a self-proclaimed “t-shirt and jeans kinda guy,” Aaron Tveit knows his fashion. Acknowledging that he admires classics and style staples like a leather jacket, he admits that he does occasionally enjoy dressing out of his comfort zone — an aspect he also applies to his wide-ranging role choices.
One previously out of the box sartorial selection he’s picked up from Brits during his time overseas? “Colorful socks,” he says. “How it worked with their trainers and pants and lots of other very small details. I’ve tried to take that from them.”
Enjoy a new photo shoot from Farfetch, and a brief interview in which Aaron talks about some of his go-to style choices and advice, including which two celebrities he admires in vastly different ways. You can read an excerpt below, then head to the source for the full editorial.
Having arrived at the shoot dressed in a beaten white tee, denim shorts, and classic Nike sneakers, Aaron is nonetheless more than game for dressing up in this season’s most fashion-forward coats. “I’m a t-shirt and jeans kinda guy. But I do like the opportunity to dress outside of my comfort zone.” And as he did, we managed to persuade him to share some of his own style secrets…
GO HELL FOR LEATHER
Aaron’s co-stars in “Grease: Live” are Julianne Hough and Vanessa Hudgens, but there’s another reason he’s excited for the role: the amazing Fifties costumes. “I have a leather jacket that I bought in 2007 and still wear,” he enthuses. “That was my first big designer purchase.”
From his first filmed appearance in Ghost Town to his extensive involvement in two original Broadway shows (Next To Normal and Catch Me If You Can) to Fox’s upcoming “Grease: Live,” Aaron has a lot to talk about. In a recent interview with BuzzFeed, he sat down to reminisce over these career highlights and milestones, including his curly Enjolras wig and which role of his has yielded a lot of very strong opinions.
Check out an excerpt below before heading to the source for the full piece — not to mention a few new gifs sprinkled throughout:
Aaron Tveit: The word that really comes to mind is “us.” It’s such a collective experience between myself and my cast, and our creators and our showrunners, and our crew — we just really love each other and have so much fun. We all live in Florida to shoot the show, so I think that creates a sense of our own little community because we’re all transplanted. So when I think about “Graceland,” I really think about the entire group of cast and crew.
Do you guys do fun stuff after filming?
AT: Yeah, it’s interesting because we all kind of live there in a place where we don’t live. We all do our own thing, but then we all feel the itch of loneliness at the same time and we’ll all text each other like, “Hey, want to go get dinner this weekend?” So we all feel this at similar times.
Do you have any crazy Florida stories?
AT: You take your life in your own hands driving down the street every day. Having to drive I-95 every day in Florida is like, the most dangerous experience.
Elsie Fest – the upcoming outdoor musical festival celebrating showtunes and more – may not be happening for another month (September 27th), but two of the stars have already given us a teaser on what to expect at the show. Darren Criss joined Aaron Tveit via Skype for a bit of friendly rivalry, each insisting that they’re the prominent draw for concertgoers. The end result? A duet of RENT‘s “Take Me Or Leave Me,” of course. Check out the video above (now with Aaron’s audio fixed).