The theater community has been buzzing over Lin-Manuel Miranda’s latest musical, Hamilton, and today (August 6th) it finally hit Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre. Aaron Tveit attended the opening night for this historical reimagining of Alexander Hamilton’s life, which combines hip-hop with period costuming. It was a star-studded opening night, with Lucy Liu, Samuel L. Jackson, Susan Sarandon, Peter Dinklage, Judith Light, Questlove, Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick, and many others in attendance.
Sitting with AOL BUILD, Aaron Tveit and Daniel Sunjata of “Graceland” spoke about the upcoming season – airing tonight on USA Network – and the process of filming television shows in general. At 40 minutes, it’s a lengthy (video) interview, full of interesting tidbits about the creative and technical sides of TV — not unlike something you would hear from “Inside the Actor’s Studio.” You can view tons of photos from the event in the gallery, and check out the video interview below:
Aaron Tveit and Daniel Sunjata appeared on “The TODAY Show” this morning, in preparation for tonight’s season three premiere of “Graceland” on USA Network. They talk about the S2 cliffhanger (including Daniel jogging through the hospital with a broken foot) and, because “Graceland” has recently been added to Netflix’s catalogue, binge-watching television shows (Aaron mentioned he’ll be catching up on “Mad Men” and “House of Cards” soon). To view the video, please click on the image above.
Earlier today (June 24th), Aaron Tveit and his “Graceland” co-star Daniel Sunjata attended NBC’s Summer Press Day in New York. Several photos from the event have been added to the gallery — and hopefully there will soon be some interviews from today to share as well. The NBCU press day was just in time for the new season of “Graceland,” which starts tomorrow (June 25th) on USA Network.
Last night (December 1st), the Menier Chocolate Factory in London held its press night for Jamie Lloyd’s Assassins. Aaron Tveit stars in this revival of the Stephen Sondhein/John Weidman musical, portraying Abraham Lincoln murderer John Wilkes Booth. Photos from the press night after-party have been added to the gallery, with hopefully more to come. You can also view many more images from the evening at Dan Wooller’s site.
The Twitter buzz over this “audacious” revival of Assassins has been incredibly positive since previews started back in November, so it’s no surprise official reviews have been raving as well. ATN has featured the Aaron-specific praise on the Assassins page; you can also read some highlights regarding Aaron’s performance below, from three separate five-star reviews:
“Aaron Tveit is both elegant and provocative as John Wilkes Booth.”
— LONDON EVENING STANDARD
“It is interesting… how Sondheim ennobles the beliefs of the original assassin John Wilkes Booth, he of Abraham Lincoln fame – a marvellous performance from Aaron Tveit – in the glorious ‘aria’ section of ‘The Ballad of Booth,’ and how ‘Another National Anthem’ for those who have slipped through the cracks conveys both anger and fervour.”
— THE ARTS DESK
“[T]hree characters stand out at the front – Broadway import Aaron Tveit as John Wilkes Booth, Jamie Parker as a folk balladeer who becomes Lee Harvey Oswald, and Simon Lipkin as the clown-faced fairground proprietor. The recurring presence of each – sternly principled, lyrical and haunted, by turns – brings this show into a fierce focus that is rarely experienced.”
— THE STAGE
As announced by the Daily Mail columnist, Baz Bamigboye, Aaron Tveit will make his UK stage debut in Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s revue-style Assassins. Directed by Jamie Lloyd (2014’s Richard III), the revival is to take place at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory starting in November.
Aaron recently spoke to Bamigboye about his return to live theater, stating, “I saw Hedwig And The Angry Inch, and I wanted to leave my seat and join in.” Last year, in May, Aaron performed several sold out cabaret shows at New York’s 54 Below. But Assassins will be the first stage musical Aaron has been in since Catch Me If You Can closed in 2011. “I’ve been dying to do a Sondheim show and dying to work in the UK,” he said to the Daily Mail. “Now I get to do both.”
An official synopsis of Assassins, from the Chocolate Factory website, reads: “Thirteen people have tried to kill the president of the United States. Four have succeeded. These murderers and would-be murderers are generally dismissed as maniacs and misfits who have little in common with each other, and nothing in common with the rest of us. Assassins suggests otherwise…”
Aaron will lead the production as John Wilkes Booth, the man behind President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. Carly Bawden, Simon Lipkin, Mike McShane, Andy Nyman, David Roberts, and Catherine Tate are already set to star, with further casting to be announced.
Assassins starts November 21st and runs through March 7th; previews and their fixed prices (£30-38) end on Nov. 29th. You can still purchase tickets at Menier Chocolate Factory’s website, which are currently set from £35-43. Aaron is attached to the full run of the show.
Last night (September 29th), Aaron Tveit joined other artists at the “Sundance…Sings!” concert, hosted by New York’s Symphony Space. The event celebrated composers and lyricists who have spent time at the Sundance Institute Theatre Lab, a developmental retreat founded by Robert Redford that aids in the creation of new work; an array of talent helped showcase the music and songs of productions such as Spring Awakening and Grey Gardens.
At the event, Aaron Tveit performed “Poison in My Pocket” from the 2014 Tony Award: Best Musical winner, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder. For that performance, he was joined with Catherine Walker (who will soon be playing Phoebe D’Ysquith on the Broadway production of Gentleman’s Guide) and Tony winner Shuler Hensley. As a solo act, Aaron delivered a beautiful rendition of “Love to Me” from The Light in the Piazza. Visit Symphony Space’s website for a full program.
Photos from the evening have been added to the gallery, including Aaron singing his two numbers as well as a backstage shot with the whole ensemble.
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.”
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.)
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.