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.
Broadway Records has just released – via Facebook and Twitter – the official cover for Aaron Tveit’s upcoming album, The Radio In My Head: Live at 54 Below. The image used is from his limited stint at the New York supper club, 54 Below, where Aaron held six sold out concerts back in May. If you haven’t yet done so, be sure to pre-order The Radio In My Head. It will be released September 10th. You can also check out the track listing below:
ETonline has just posted a new interview featuring Aaron Tveit talking about his 54 Below experience and his upcoming USA Network series, “Graceland.” We get a little more insight into his song selection process – he admits having “probably… 30 to 40 songs” on his set list at one point – and his show-stopping cover of Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” Check out an excerpt below before heading to the source for the whole interview.
ETonline: “Graceland” is arguably your most high profile gig to date. How conscious are you of the fact that fans are going to want to start seeing those heretofore unseen sides of you?
Tveit: I am aware, but it’s really no different from my standpoint. I’ve been a little more self-protective in public over the last few months because, on the heels of Les Mis, I’ve been getting recognized more in public. But New York City is still a very anonymous city. People just go about their business. I feel like I’ve been dealing with that building over the years because of the Broadway community, so I’m treating it in the same way — I’ve always tried to keep my personal life private. I didn’t get into this business for notoriety or fame. I don’t go to places to be seen and that’s not going to change. Yes, this show will have a broader scope, but I don’t think it’s going to change that much. You just have to be aware of it, and if you want to keep certain things private, there are choices you can make to do that.
How sweet it is! On May 17th, the cast of “Graceland” stopped by 54 Below to give their co-star, Aaron Tveit, a little love and support. Vanessa Ferlito, Serinda Swan, Daniel Sunjata, Brandon Jay McLaren, and Manny Montana were all in attendance — and, according to reports, seemed to really get into his live performance (like holding lighters in the air during Aaron’s cover of Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”). Pictures from the evening have been added to the gallery, with guest appearances by Jeremy Woodard and Cameron Adams.
Earlier this evening, May 5th, Aaron Tveit attended the 2013 Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards (BACA). Held at the Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York, he was there to present an award alongside Stephanie J. Block. Check out some pictures from the event in the gallery (plus a couple of tweets). You can also watch the entire show below, complete with a hilarious drinking game skit courtesy of Stephanie and Aaron.
For the many fans who won’t be able to attend a 54 Below concert in May, here’s some exciting news that will soften the blow: one of his shows will be recorded and released! Entitled The Radio In My Head: Live at 54 Below, it will be Aaron Tveit’s first solo album. You can already pre-order the album on Amazon, with an expected release date of September 10th; it will also be available digitally four days earlier, on Sept. 6th.
Van Dean, co-fonder of Broadway Records, stated, “We are thrilled and honored to be working with Aaron on his debut album. We know his engagement at 54 Below will be nothing short of stellar and we are pleased to have this opportunity to preserve his performance for his fans.” Dean will executive produce alongside Kenny Howard (of The Broadway Consortium) and Ken Mahoney, with Michael J. Moritz, Jr. heading the production.
This release will join professionally recorded albums from the likes of Patti LuPone and Aaron’s Catch Me If You Can co-star Norbert Leo Butz, who each have live albums from their 54 Below stints. Judging by the instant sell out response from the concerts, Aaron’s The Radio In My Head will surely be a hot seller — place your pre-order today!
Aaron Tveit seems to be the talk of the town. Within five minutes, his six 54 Below concerts sold out — a record time (and demand) for the venue! When talking to Broadway.com, he spilled some info on the upcoming shows, including a couple of songs he’s planning on singing, how he feels about the tremendous response, and promising words on future performances:
“I hope people can just come in, and have a great time listening to some great music,” Tveit said. “I have an awesome band and they are going to rock out. The theme is forming. It’s basically just songs I’ve always loved to sing, songs I’ve never gotten a chance to sing, and songs that meant something to me.”
When pressed for some actual song titles, Tveit conceded, “I will definitely sing ‘I’m Alive,’ ‘Goodbye,’ and some other stuff I’ve done. But hopefully, there will be some surprises too that people might not expect.”
Tveit’s show is already one of the most popular and in-demand acts to ever grace the small stage at 54 Below, selling out in mere minutes. The news of what a hot ticket he’d become took the Les Miz film star by surprise.
“I’m really, really excited to hear [about] the response,” the Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner said. And those who scored these tickets are sure to be excited to get a more personal experience with the stage and screen star. “It’s a smaller concert venue, [and so] it definitely is a much more back-and-forth experience with the house. I’ll be speaking to them and sharing some stuff, so it will be more of an intimate night than being on a Broadway stage.”
And although Tveit has yet to take the stage at 54 Below, he is already looking ahead to future gigs. “Hopefully this wont be the last shows I do,” Tveit said. “I would love to do them many times at different places.”
I’m very excited to announce the following news that fans have been eagerly waiting for: in May, Aaron Tveit will be performing several concerts at the beloved nightclub, 54 Below! Read on for details:
When looking for an extraordinary New York experience, look no further than 54 Below. The elegant venue provides world class dining and hosts an array of Broadway talent – from Patti LuPone to Norbert Leo Butz – in an intimate setting: no table is more than 24 feet away from the stage.
Starting early May, Aaron Tveit will take the 54 Below stage for the first time. As part of several one-man shows, he’ll perform popular standards, personal favorites, and songs from his previous Broadway productions.
Each of the concerts held on May 3rd, May 11th, May 17th, and May 18th will begin at 11 PM. Despite the late show times, 54 Below is open to all ages, so young fans are encouraged to attend provided they demonstrate maturity inside the club.
Subscribers to 54 Below’s mailing list will be able to obtain pre-sale tickets starting April 2nd; a general public sale begins April 5th. To purchase tickets, visit TicketWeb.com or call (866) 468-7619. For further information – including directions and dinner reservations – head over to 54 Below’s official site.
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