Off the heels of a street naming ceremony, Playbill.com has released a new interview with Aaron Tveit in which they talk about the honor. And with two episodes of “Graceland” left in season two, it’s no surprise they delve a little bit into the USA Network show — including transitioning from stage to small screen and whether or not there are plans for Aaron’s character, Mike Warren, to sing.
Speaking of singing, Aaron also talks about hopeful plans in the future, like performing in classic revivals and wanting to perform with more orchestras around the nation. In the meantime, he’ll get some of his concert fix this Saturday, as he’ll be performing with the Pasadena Pops in Michael Feinstein’s “New York! New York!” show.
Check out an excerpt of the article below before heading to the source for more:
After starring in two brand-new musicals, Tveit, who said he’s a fan of the classic musical catalog of Carousel, West Side Story, and South Pacific, among others, said he would like to perform in a revival. He also is “dying to do a play,” listing David Mamet and Martin McDonagh as two of his favorite playwrights.
“New musicals are really hard, to be completely honest,” he said. “Everyone’s taking a big chance and it’s a lot of hard work — which is also so exciting to get to be a part of something. But doing a revival, you’re working on a [known] property. You have to figure out a new way to do it or a fun way to do it. Those musicals are revived and are classics for a reason.”
On Sunday, August 31st, Aaron Tveit was in his hometown of Middletown, NY to help with the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine grand opening ceremony. His duty was to act as keynote speaker for the event, in which he used his passionate experience to talk to inaugural medical students receiving their white coat.
Speaking to TWC News at the event, Aaron stated: “I see how my work affects people in a positive way and I think that’s what [medical students] are going to be doing on a daily basis. So I thought that’s how it tied together; the passion you do for a living can help other people.”
“I was lucky enough to follow my dreams and into my profession, and a lot of these doctors are probably doing that,” said Tveit.
The opening ceremony was held for the opening of Touro College’s osteopathic medicine wing, which was previously Horton Hospital — where Aaron was born. Middletown mayor Joe DeStefano said using Aaron as a speaker and representative at the event “couldn’t be a better fit” and that it was important to acknowledge successful natives of the town.
Following the opening and white coat ceremonies, Aaron hit the streets in front of the Paramount Theater. There, he received quite an honor: a street devoted entirely to him. Called “Aaron Tveit Way,” the new name replaces the South Street portion in front of the Paramount. Because Aaron had performed at the theater as a teenager, his honorary street name’s location seems even more appropriate.
Mayor DeStefano joined Aaron – and the Tveit family – to unveil the sign amidst flashing cameras along with throngs of fans and friends (including Aaron’s former music teacher, Greg Bennett) lining the barricade in support. Photos from the event can be seen in the gallery.
“Never in a million years would I have expected something like this,” Aaron said at the street sign unveiling. “It’s pretty great.”
While some celebrities receive keys to a city, Aaron Tveit’s New York hometown is taking it a step further by honoring him with his very own street name.
The event – which takes place at the Paramount Theatre on Sunday, August 31st – will primarily serve as the grand opening for the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, a new medicine school held at the former Horton Hospital, where Aaron was born. (“It’s not about me,” the ever-humble Aaron stated.) Students will recite the oath of osteopathic physicians before engaging in a “coating ceremony,” serving as a symbol to their dedication in the medical field.
Aaron will act as a keynote speaker at the opening, where he’ll talk about passion and how it spans from Broadway to the medical community. “I know they’re going into this because they’re passionate about helping people,” he said. According to Times Herald-Record, Aaron also stated that he was pleased the old Horton Hospital would be used as a school rather than demolished, a reason why he was happy to host the event.
Following the opening ceremony, Middletown will honor Aaron with a very special addition to the town: they’ll be renaming the portion of South Street in front of the Paramount Theatre – where Aaron performed at as a teenager – to Aaron Tveit Way. Speaking to Playbill, Aaron said of his new street, “It’s just utterly mind-blowing. I never would have expected that in a million years. I’m so grateful and flattered.
“I still can’t wrap my head around that, to be completely honest,” Aaron continued in his Playbill interview. “It’s an incredible thing. My hometown is awesome, and I still have a lot of pride there. I’m still very much still tied there.”
As part of the Sierra Acura Summer Concert Series, the illustrious Pasadena POPS and Michael Feinstein are hosting a special event on September 6th entitled New York! New York! — and Aaron Tveit is scheduled to appear. As part of a one-night only concert, Aaron – alongside Patti Austin and Liz Callaway – will perform songs that “capture the snap swagger and energy” of New York City.
Held at the LA County Arboretum & Botanic Garden in Arcadia, CA, the concert will offer world-renowned singers as entertainment along with fine dining options. Guests are encouraged to either bring their own picnic fare or pre-order from a select list of partnered restaurants: Claude & Co., Julienne, and Marston’s. Several food trucks will also be available, along with a full cash bar and ice cream by Choctal.
Gates for picnicking open at 5:30pm. The concert will start at 7:30pm – rain or shine – and will last for approximately two hours with a brief intermission. The Pasadena POPS’ LA County Arboretum page has more information for those planning on attending, including out-of-towners who may want to book a deal at the partnered Langham Huntington hotel.
This is the final concert of the 2014 summer series, and the event is entirely open to the public. Should you be lucky enough to attend, ticket prices start at a very fair $20; if you want to reserve a spot at a table, it’s $42. To purchase your tickets, please visit Pasadena POPS’ official site; they will also be available to buy day-of at the venue.
If you’re looking for something to do on Thursday, the Manhattan Film Institute has got you covered. This year, as part of their Summer Film Camp, they are offering a Summer Film Series, in which multiple films are screened with commentary from special guests. MFI is teaming up with Peconic Landing Community Center in Greenport, New York to host this event.
On Thursday, July 17th, Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables will be screened at Peconic Landing as part of the Summer Film Series. As a special treat, Aaron Tveit will be at the event to talk about the Academy Award-winning movie-musical, including his filming experiences. Following the screening, Aaron will answer questions and provide commentary for the film, in which he played the student revolutionary, Enjolras. The screening starts at 7:30 pm.
(If you stick around Greenport, there will also be a screening for The Usual Suspects on July 19th.)
All of the Summer Film Series screenings are open to the public, and a single ticket to each event costs $15. You can purchase tickets on Peconic Landing’s website or call (631) 477-2583.
Broadway.com’s series “Show People” with Paul Wontorek returned today after a brief hiatus. The guest was, of course, Aaron Tveit, who made his third appearance on the show — and even answered some fan questions. The 30-minute interview can be viewed above, in which he talks about “Graceland,” dressing in drag, possible tattoos, and just how he hits those high notes. It’s a great interview – as “Show People” always provides – so make some room in your day to check it out.
(Many thanks to Aaron for giving ATN and affiliated accounts a shout-out on the show!)
On Monday, June 23rd, Aaron Tveit competed in a friendly game of softball as part of the 4th annual Bombers Boomer Broadway. Held at Yankee Stadium, the yearly event helps raise money for both the Boomer Esiason Foundation and The Actors Fund.
This time, Aaron joined the Bombers team — but, unfortunately, his team has seen better days. The Broadway Bombers lost against the Times Squares Slammers, 15-6. No worries, though: the event was for a great cause, and undoubtedly the players had a good time regardless of their score.
Pictures from the BBB have been added to the gallery. You can also find a brief clip of Aaron in a video below, which is part of actor James Snyder’s vlog series, “Hey Kid.” (Aaron appears at 9:18, for those who want to skip ahead.)
For the third time, Aaron Tveit is slated to make an appearance on Broadway.com‘s popular series, “Show People.” Once again, it will be hosted by super supporter (and Broadway.com Editor-in-Chief) Paul Wontorek. The new video will air on July 3rd, so mark your calendars and start counting down the days…
But wait, there’s more!
Because this is his third time on the show, the interview is going to be extra special. That’s when you, the fans, come in. If you’ve ever wanted to ask Aaron a question, now’s your chance. All you have to do is film a short video with your question, post it on Instagram, and tag it #AskAaron. The deadline is Thursday, June 26th at 3PM EST, so the sooner you get those videos uploaded, the better.
The very best questions will be considered and asked on “Show People,” so make them great! (That is, please be respectful but feel free to ask something creative, unique, and fun.)
Great news for those in New York: Aaron Tveit will once again be hitting Yankee Stadium at the fourth annual Bombers Boomer Broadway. The event will take place on Monday, June 23rd, and will help raise money for both the Boomer Esiason Foundation (aiding in the fight against cystic fibrosis) and The Actors Fund. Various Broadway stars are expected to attend (among them: Ramin Karimloo, Derek Klena, Betsy Wolfe, Bryce Pinkham, Constantine Maroulis) along with New York Yankee players.
Gates for the event will open at 9am, with the first game – “Broadway Celebrities” facing off – starting at 10am. The second game will feature Yankee Old Timers versus Boomer Esiason’s Sports Celebrities. Following that, there will be a luncheon reception for those in attendance as well as a special meet and greet of select players. Broadway show tickets and authentic NFL footballs (signed by Boomer Esiason) will be raffled throughout the day.
If you’re interested in attending the event, tickets start at $100. Please visit The Actors Fund’s website for more information, including who to contact in order to reserve your spot at the game.
Yesterday (June 16th), Aaron Tveit attended the opening night for Much Ado About Nothing, this year’s selection for the annual Shakespeare in the Park. As part of the summer tradition offered by The Public Theater – now in it’s 52nd year – Much Ado will entertain at the Delacorte Theater in New York’s Central Park.
If you happen to be in the City between June 18th-July 6th, be sure to stop by and support some local theater: it’s free! (Fun fact: Aaron’s former “Graceland” co-star Pedro Pascal [also recently seen in HBO’s hit series, “Game Of Thrones”] is currently starring in the play.) For more information, check out their official site.
SEASON 3, EPISODE 11 - "The Wires"
AIRING September 3rd ON USA NETWORK
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