Aaron to Leave Menier’s ‘Assassins’ Early

January 23, 2015 • Category: Assassins, Stage Work 2

His performance as John Wilkes Booth in Jamie Lloyd’s Assassins has been lauded, but Aaron Tveit will bow out of the role early due to filming obligations. (Specifically, this news is due to changes in the “Graceland” filming schedule.) Although originally scheduled to perform the entire run at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London, Aaron will now leave the production on February 8th.

Michael Xavier is set to take over the role of Booth. He is a two-time Olivier Award nominee, garnering accolades for his work in Into The Woods and Love Story.

While I know this must be disappointing news to many – including those who have already purchased tickets to Assassins in its last month – I strongly encourage the ongoing support for Menier’s superb production of a classic Stephen Sondheim/John Weidman musical. It is as timely as ever, Lloyd’s new vision dazzles, and the cast continually provides knockout performances. If you have tickets to any of the remaining shows, I hope you attend and enjoy Assassins, with or without Aaron’s involvement. I promise, you’re still in for a treat.

Paul Wontorek Talks ‘Assassins’ With Aaron

December 23, 2014 • Category: Articles & Interviews, Assassins, General News 0

Broadway.com’s Paul Wontorek might be New York-based, but he recently spoke to Aaron Tveit about Assassins in London, England. Together, they did a small-scale “Show People” with a cheery Christmas backdrop, where they talked about all things Assassins – including some peculiar John Wilkes Booth-inspired facial hair – and Aaron’s London experience(s). As always, they have a fantastic and comfortable rapport, so the interview is certainly worth a watch.

(You might also be interested in the first ten seconds of this Broadway.com Show.)

On ‘Assassins,’ Aaron Says, “I Was Excited to Play More of a Man”

December 3, 2014 • Category: Articles & Interviews, Assassins, General News 0

The Hollywood Reporter has published a great, new article on Aaron Tveit talking about Assassins and taking on the role of John Wilkes Booth. In the piece, he speaks of how he never dreamed of playing this particular role, but that the Menier Chocolate Factory’s offer made him rethink his days of singing the Balladeer’s parts. “I’ve played a lot of younger men, kind of kids, onstage,” he says, “so I was excited at the chance to actually play more of a man.”

The New York native’s recent relocation to London for the Menier production is also brought up, in which Aaron recalls the spirit of live theater throughout London — even inside pubs. But don’t worry: that doesn’t mean his heart has left NYC. “London’s a great place to be for a while,” he clarifies, “but I always say one of the best things about leaving New York is you get to come back.”

Check out an excerpt of the article below before heading to the source for the full piece:

[Aaron Tveit’s] only relationship to the show was through the cast album. He’s relished researching the era during this process, saying history was his favorite subject in school and he’s always been fascinated by the Civil War. But looking at the time period from the Confederate side is new territory for him.

“You start to kind of empathize with Booth in a way, and then you have to step back and say, ‘Wait a minute,'” says Tveit. “Yes, he was fighting against these things, but he did a stupid, terrible thing. The lure of the piece and the production is that it makes you think about the other side of history.”

SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

‘Assassins’ Press Night + Official Reviews

December 2, 2014 • Category: Assassins, Gallery, General News, Public Appearances, Stage Work 0

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

Congratulations to the cast, crew, and creative on this wildly successful vision of Assassins!

‘Assassins’ Production Photographs

December 1, 2014 • Category: Assassins, Gallery, Stage Work 0

While one solo shot debuted a few days ago, there are now several other production photographs from the Menier Chocolate Factory’s Assassins. You can see some of director Jamie Lloyd’s vision shine through in these group images, where we get our first views of Aaron Tveit’s castmates in costume. As an even bigger treat: these three new pictures are HQ!

First Production Photo from ‘Assassins’

November 28, 2014 • Category: Assassins, Gallery, Stage Work 0


A couple of killers sat by my feet; a few more were scattered among the audience at the Menier Chocolate Factory.

I am referring (luckily) to the bad guys from Assassins: the musical about nine of the 13 people who have taken aim and fired at a U.S. president.

I saw the musical, created by Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman, on Saturday — which happened to be the 51st anniversary of the day John F. Kennedy was shot by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas. Weidman was also at the Chocolate Factory and he lauded director Jamie Lloyd’s sublime, potent production.

“It’s unlike any I have seen before,” he enthused, adding that Lloyd had used the Menier’s space brilliantly. The cast is superb, including the nine “mutant X-Men” (as Lloyd has referred to them): Carly Bawden, Stewart Clarke, Mike McShane, Harry Morrison, Andy Nyman, Jamie Parker, David Roberts, Catherine Tate, and Aaron Tveit — with Simon Lipkin as the proprietor who aided and abetted the villains.

Menier artistic director David Babani said he hoped Sondheim would be at the official first night on Monday. If not, he’ll catch it later in the run.

SOURCE: DAILY MAIL (BAZ BAMIGBOYE)

Aaron On a ‘Wicked’ Movie Idea and Empathizing with ‘Assassins’

November 28, 2014 • Category: Assassins, Stage Work 0

In a new article with Digital Spy, Aaron Tveit talks about Assassins and playing the role of John Wilkes Booth. “You find yourself really empathizing with these characters,” he says, before following it with an elaboration on the production in general: “Then you snap out of it and think, ‘That’s nuts, how can I be feeling that?’ It offers a very fair perspective about these characters.”

There’s also talk about a Wicked movie adaptation, the first time Aaron has publicly commented on his potential involvement. His response to reprising Fiyero, this time on screen: “It would definitely be something I’d be interested in, were it to come up.” Did you hear that, Hollywood?

Check out an excerpt of the article below before heading to the source for the full piece:

Tveit will soon make his West End debut as John Wilkes Booth in Jamie Lloyd’s revival of Assassins by Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman. Catherine Tate, Andy Nyman, and Jamie Parker are also among the ensemble cast, which follows 13 infamous individuals who attempted to kill the US President.

“When you hear the idea you say, ‘OK, well how’s that gonna happen?’,” he said of the musical. “Once you get into the show, you find yourself really empathizing with these characters, because you see what makes them tick and that they’re all damaged people.

“Then you snap out of it and think, ‘That’s nuts, how can I be feeling that?’ It offers a very fair perspective about these characters.”

Speaking about his castmates, he continued: “It’s quite an incredible group. We’re telling it as an ensemble piece where none of us ever really leave the stage.

“It’s a group of people who are used to being out and front in shows, and a lot of people are used to playing leading parts in shows, so for all of these people to come together and work as one unit has been so amazing.”

SOURCE: DIGITAL SPY

‘Assassins’ Rehearsal Photos

November 5, 2014 • Category: Assassins, Gallery, Stage Work 1

Official rehearsal photos from Assassins have been released, showing a sneak peek of the cast from the upcoming Menier Chocolate Factory’s production in action. In all the photos, we see Aaron Tveit – who plays John Wilkes Booth – appropriately wielding a gun. His co-star and fellow lead Catherine Tate is also pictured in the full set of pictures, available courtesy of West End Frame.

Four HQ photos of Aaron have been added to the gallery. Previews for Assassins begin November 21st; tickets are still available at Menier’s website.

Aaron to Make UK Stage Debut as Booth in Menier’s ‘Assassins’

October 2, 2014 • Category: Assassins, General News, Public Appearances, Stage Work 3

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.