As part of a fundraiser to help Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Aaron Tveit showed up at the Disaster musical’s Disaster Relief event last night. As part of an ongoing series, artists are asked to perform onstage after the curtain call to raise money for BCEFA. Because Aaron’s former Catch Me If You Can co-star Kerry Butler is in Disaster, it’s no surprise that we got to see a reunion — and it was anything but disastrous. Together, they sang a beautiful duet – “Seven Wonders” – which was a staple song for their CMIYC characters, Frank and Brenda. Check out the video above.
In support of MCC Theater – which just hosted the 2016 Miscast gala – Charitybuzz held several live, online auctions that concluded earlier today. One of those auctions happened to be lunch with Aaron Tveit, where one lucky winner and a guest will be able to join Aaron (and his guest, casting director Bernie Telsey) for a private lunch date in New York City.
Although the estimated auction total for lunch with Aaron was originally set at $2000, the winning bid actually capped off at $10,250! His auction finished with the highest total, with the second-highest going to a Hamilton package (including two tickets to the show and a backstage tour by a cast member, which went for $4.5k). Overall, it sounds like the online event was a huge success. For those who contributed: thank you!
Just because you don’t have a few extra grand to bid on VIP lunches and tours doesn’t mean you can’t help benefit MCC Theater, an off-Broadway theater company that also offers free education programs. They are continually taking deductible donations, which can be set at any amount affordable to you. To donate, please visit MCC Theater’s website.
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.
Just because “Grease: Live” is over doesn’t mean the media is done talking about the critically acclaimed television event. Earlier today, Aaron Tveit appeared on Access Hollywood Live to give more deets on the ambitious production — like the pressure of costume changes (particularly just before and during “Those Magic Changes”) and how they rehearsed a potentially different opening just fifteen minutes before showtime because of the testy weather.
In the second half of the interview – which you can view by continuing below – they discuss Stereotypically You and a little bit of Aaron’s upcoming CBS comic-thriller, “BrainDead.”
Yesterday morning, Aaron Tveit appeared on KTLA to talk about “Grease: Live” now that the pressure of the live show is over. He shares some previously unknown details about the production – including having as many as 15-20 stage managers – and reveals that he headed to In-N-Out for burgers and fries once the show wrapped. There’s a brief mention of Stereotypically You at the end (which has its world premiere at the Santa Barbara Film Festival tomorrow), but the interview primarily focuses on the tremendous feat that was “Grease: Live.”
It’s been years since Aaron Tveit was involved with Miscast, but the wait is finally over: he has been announced as a performer at this year’s gala, to be held at the Hammerstein Ballroom (in New York) on April 4th. Others in attendance include Lea Salonga, Tituss Burgess, Megan Hilty, Linda Lavin, Beth Behrs, “The Wiz’s” break-out star Shanice Williams, and Aaron’s recent “Grease: Live” co-star Ana Gasteyer. Miscast 2016 is also set to honor Academy Award winner Marisa Tomei.
Tickets for the event start at $99 for standard tickets to the revue; premium seats cost $149. You can buy tickets at this link. For those with extra cash on hand, tickets to the gala – which include a cocktail hour and dinner – start at $1000 for a single person. For more information on gala tickets, visit MCC Theater’s official site.
If you’re unfamiliar with Miscast, the event is rather self-explanatory: those guests invited must perform songs that they would otherwise never sing in a production. Often, this involves gender-swapped songs. In the past, Aaron has sang “Back To Before” from Ragtime and competed in a “pants-off” contest with fellow Wicked alumni Norbert Leo Butz as they dueted Wicked‘s “What is this Feeling?” After performing in “Grease: Live,” maybe we can now expect a male rendition of “Hopelessly Devoted To You”…?
Ever wonder what it’d be like to go on a date with Aaron Tveit? Well, Glamour magazine took care of it for you by sending one of their reporters to the Frosty Palace with Aaron. There, they took their time – over plastic milkshakes and fries – to talk about “Grease: Live,” sports, and even some relationship advice. And, yes, Aaron answers the question on so many minds: he is, in fact, single. Read the excerpt below for a taste of the interview, then head to the source for the full piece:
Glamour: Of all the characters you’ve played, which one is closest to your personality?
Aaron: That’s so interesting. It’s different times in your life, you know? It’s so hard to say. All of them have different aspects of my personality. I think [Catch Me If You Can‘s] Frank Abagnale Jr. is the closest, without the con-man part. [laughs] He’s the guy I hope to still be. I think it’s similar to how I was younger: wide-eyed and optimistic. I’m a very positive person, and I always find the good in things and work really hard.
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.