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.
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.
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.
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.”
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:
G’day! Aaron Tveit is currently in Australia and in the midst of rehearsals for his upcoming concert series honoring Stephen Schwartz, Defying Gravity. While there, he’s squeezing in some promo, including a stop at “The Morning Show.” You can watch the video above, in which he mentions Defying Gravity and chats a bit more about the “Grease: Live” experience. He also plays a “game” called Co-star Connotations, in which he gives quick thoughts about several actors he’s worked with, like Australia’s own Hugh Jackman.
As a bonus, Aaron also talked to Alan Jones on his Breakfast Show, which you can listen to here.
As previously reported, the 2016 Santa Barbara International Film Festval hosted the world premiere of Stereotypically You on Saturday, February 6th. Aaron Tveit was in attendance, along with co-stars Kelen Coleman, Lauren Miller Rogen, and Abby Elliott. Director Benjamin Cox was also on hand to talk about the film during a Q&A. Unfortunately, there are no videos from the interview panel, but I have added some pictures from the event to the gallery.
The cast of “Grease: Live” stopped by the AOL studios in New York this afternoon, on January 18th. Aaron Tveit was joined by costars Julianne Hough, Carlos PenaVega, and Vanessa Hudgens to talk to AOL BUILD about their ambitious live staging of “Grease” on Fox. It’s a very insightful interview, with the cast clearly good friends as they praise one another and excitedly talk about their updated version of a beloved musical. Check out the video interview below, or head to AOL Build’s website to watch in HD.
This morning (January 18th), Aaron Tveit appeared on “The TODAY Show” in New York City. As promotion for the upcoming live broadcast of “Grease,” he praises the concept of musicals airing on television, pointing out the expense of going to Broadway these days. And, during a round of Greased Lightning, he reveals the cause of his first trip to the principal’s office. (Click the image above to be taken to the video interview.)
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.
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