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.
From the cancellation of “Graceland” to the immediate casting in CBS’ “BrainDead,” Aaron Tveit has experienced an “emotional rollercoaster” in recent months, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter. Although this new-ish interview was released before “Grease: Live” (and consequently talks about the then-upcoming live telecast), it delves pretty thoroughly into Aaron’s other television-based work.
After the abrupt cancellation of USA’s “Graceland” last year, fans were left in the dark as to what a possible fourth season might entail. Aaron finally gives some insight on what the writers were planning, which included searching for Jakes. Additionally, we learn some more about the upcoming comic-thriller Aaron will be starring in – “BrainDead” – and what attracted him to the role in the first place. “He’s not a kid,” he said of his character, Gareth. “This is a young man who’s already in his prime so I’m excited to do that.”
Read an excerpt of the interview below before heading to the source for the full piece:
You have a big year coming up with “BrainDead,” which you signed up for right after “Graceland” was canceled. What was that time like between gigs?
It was a bit of an emotional rollercoaster because I did “The Good Wife” years ago; so they had called saying that they were interested in me and sent me the “BrainDead” script, and I loved it. But at that time, we were fairly confident that “Graceland” was going to get picked up and we thought the pick-up was imminent so I said I was unavailable. They saw some people and then they came back about a month later and it just worked out. We literally thought “Graceland” was going to get picked up any day, but I told them, I’m going to come in anyway. They knew full and well that “Graceland” might get picked up and then, the day that “Graceland” got canceled is when I was in the room with them; so it was just one of those things that there just seemed to be something else looking out, and it just seemed meant to be in the way it all worked out.
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.
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.
Throughout “Grease: Live” promo, Aaron Tveit has been questioned many times over whether or not he’s heard from John Travolta, who played Danny Zuko in the original film adaptation. While he had previously received encouragement from Olivia Newton-John (who played Sandy), Aaron can officially say that Travolta is also Team Tveit.
“From what I can tell, he’s got the talent,” Travolta told The Insider during an appearance at the Living Legends of Aviation Awards. “He’s able to sing and dance, and I’m sure he’s gonna do a great job.” The OG Danny also mentioned that he will, indeed, see “Grease: Live,” which airs live on Fox January 31st at 7PM Eastern.
After fans responded to Broadway.com’s call for questions, Aaron Tveit sat down and partook in a short but fun Q&A. Called “Ask A Star,” he tackled sensitive subjects such as which Game Of Thrones character he would be and what hair products he uses. And when asked who he’d like to star alongside in a Broadway production, he mentioned friend Annaleigh Ashford. My question now is: Sarah, did you get your puppy?!
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