Second Stage 37th Anniversary Gala

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.

“The Morning Show” (February 2016)

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.

Returning to Musicals in “Grease: Live”

In a recent interview with Nylon, Aaron Tveit spoke about his then-upcoming role of Danny Zuko in Fox’s “Grease: Live.” There’s a great conversation happening throughout, including him finding the balance between working on television and his ongoing love for musicals. In fact, there’s quite a discussion of musicals throughout, including which “muscles” he uses when performing and what his worst stage experience was (a story he had previously never shared). Check out the excerpt below – and new pics in the gallery – before heading to the source for the full interview.

This project is a perfect symbiosis of the two things that you’ve been doing throughout your life, which is musicals on stage and acting in front of the camera. What’s that been like?
It’s amazing. It’s a very similar feeling that I had when all the Les Mis stuff came together, because at that time, I had been working on stage and working on television and doing some films and that kind of felt like a perfect storm of all of them combined. When I was starting out in film and television, I wanted to have a lot of the work that I did initially not necessarily have to do with musicals. I didn’t want just to be known as a musical guy. Now returning to it, I want to embrace it, because I haven’t done musicals on stage in New York since 2011, so to kind of be back doing this now, I’m kind of falling in love with it again.

SOURCE: NYLON

Out of Oz: Wicked Studio Sessions: “Popular”

January 27, 2016 • Category: General News, Wicked 0

Having performed Fiyero on Broadway years ago, Aaron Tveit is no stranger to Wicked — an essential for anyone who wants to be part of Out Of Oz: Wicked Studio Sessions. As part of this ongoing series, Wicked alumnus and current performers are asked to sing “reimagined versions of Wicked songs.”

Back in October, Aaron joined Rachel Tucker to duet a beautifully stripped down version of “Defying Gravity.” Now, he’s performing solo, giving us a new and unique take on a, well, popular song from Wicked: “Popular.” Check it out in the video above.

New Concert Set for June at Irving Plaza

January 26, 2016 • Category: General News, Stage Work 3

Back after popular demand, Aaron Tveit has officially been booked for a new concert. He’ll return to New York City for a one-night performance at the historic Irving Plaza music venue on Saturday, June 11th. Years after his sold-out shows at 54 Below (and demanding stage appearance at 2015 Elsie Fest), fans will finally be able to catch a solo show once again. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to see Aaron live — I promise it’s a treat!

Tickets for the event will go on sale via Ticketmaster on Monday, February 1st at 12:00 noon Eastern; a Live Nation presale begins on the 28th at 10AM EST. The price is set at $26.

Out of Oz: Wicked Studio Sessions: “Defying Gravity”

October 19, 2015 • Category: General News, Wicked 0

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 to Co-Headline Sydney Concert Celebrating Stephen Schwartz

October 10, 2015 • Category: General News, In Concert, Stage Work 1

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.

Aaron Revisits Career Milestones

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:

GRACELAND:

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.

SOURCE: BUZZFEED

2015 Elsie Fest Announced

August 18, 2015 • Category: General News, Stage Work 0

As music festivals grow in popularity, it made sense to Darren Criss (of “Glee” fame) to put together an event that honors show tunes. Inspired by Coachella, he has arranged a new platform for Broadway performers to celebrate their love of songs from the stage, screen, and beyond. “Enter Elsie,” he says.

On September 27th, New York’s JBL LIVE at Pier 97 will host the first ever Elsie Fest, a one-day outdoor concert featuring musical theater stars. Aaron Tveit will join Darren Criss at the festival, along with Lea Salonga, Leslie Odom, Jr., Laura Osnes, Seth Rudetsky, and StarKid. The event will run from 2-9PM, with each guest having a set lasting approximately 30 minutes.

“Musical theater has been going through a wonderful shift in the past few years, from the type of work that’s being produced to the way it’s being consumed by the public,” said Criss – an executive producer for the festival – in a statement. “It’s more than showtunes on Broadway; it’s songs from film, TV, and YouTube. Since the rules were already changing, I figured, why not shake up people’s ideas of where to watch the performers they love.”

Along with the announced acts, there will also be surprise guests in store for those attending. In between sets, fans will be encouraged to stop by Marie’s Crisis beer garden, where pianists will be taking song requests and holding “massive singalongs.” Food trucks will be on hand as dining options.

Tickets for the event go on sale to the general public August 21st at 10AM (ET) through Ticketmaster; presales for Citi Cardmembers start as early as tomorrow, August 19th. Those interested can opt for $49 general admission tickets, or splurge on a $250 VIP package which includes reserved seating closer to the stage and a VIP seating laminate signed by Darren Criss. There will also Meet & Greet opportunities, which have yet to be announced. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Aaron to Star as Danny Zuko in Fox’s “Grease: Live”

July 9, 2015 • Category: Grease: Live, Stage Work, Television News 7

You won’t have to be in New York to catch Aaron in his next musical role: he’s the one that Fox wants as Danny Zuko in their upcoming staging of “Grease: Live,” to air in January.

After the success of NBC’s The Sound of Music Live!, Fox announced back in 2014 that they would produce a “spectacular live event” of the Paramount Pictures musical, Grease. Entertainment Weekly initially reported that the iconic roles have been “tricky” to fill. Now, months later, Fox has finally found their Danny Zuko in Aaron Tveit.

“I’m thrilled and honored to be joining this incredibly talented team of actors in re-imagining this classic and beloved musical,” Aaron said of his involvement. “Playing Danny Zuko is a dream role and I can’t wait to be a part of all the fun that comes along with performing live on television.”

In addition to Aaron’s recent involvement, Carlos PenaVega is also joining the production. He’ll be portraying Kenickie, Danny Zuko’s sidekick. They will star alongside previously announced actresses Julianne Hough (playing Sandy), Vanessa Hudgens (Rizzo), and Keke Palmer (Marty Maraschino), with further casting yet to be announced.

Thomas Kail (Hamilton) and Alex Rudzinski (“Dancing With The Stars”) will serve as the stage and live television directors in this new production of Grease that Fox states will “re-imagine the hit crossover musical for an entirely new generation.” Adapting the 1950s-set movie-musical into its new live format are Broadway writers Robert Cary and Jonathan Tolins. Marc Platt – who recently produced the movie adaptation of Into The Woods – is set to executive produce “Grease: Live.”

The live television event is currently scheduled to air January 31, 2016.

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