Elsie Fest – the upcoming outdoor musical festival celebrating showtunes and more – may not be happening for another month (September 27th), but two of the stars have already given us a teaser on what to expect at the show. Darren Criss joined Aaron Tveit via Skype for a bit of friendly rivalry, each insisting that they’re the prominent draw for concertgoers. The end result? A duet of RENT‘s “Take Me Or Leave Me,” of course. Check out the video above (now with Aaron’s audio fixed).
Think it’s possible to sum up the first two seasons of USA Network’s “Graceland” in thirty seconds or less? Co-stars Aaron Tveit and Daniel Sunjata were given the challenge by Entertainment Weekly; and although a lot was glossed over, they did a fairly good job at highlighting their characters’ journeys. Check out Aaron’s solo 30-second take above, and Daniel’s below the cut along with their combined summary.
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.
The theater community has been buzzing over Lin-Manuel Miranda’s latest musical, Hamilton, and today (August 6th) it finally hit Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre. Aaron Tveit attended the opening night for this historical reimagining of Alexander Hamilton’s life, which combines hip-hop with period costuming. It was a star-studded opening night, with Lucy Liu, Samuel L. Jackson, Susan Sarandon, Peter Dinklage, Judith Light, Questlove, Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick, and many others in attendance.
The third season of “Graceland” premiers on USA Network tonight! In recent days, there have been tons of press pieces on the upcoming season, both on actors and the show itself; so much so, in fact, that it would be overwhelming to update the site with each individual article and/or interview. Because of that, I’ve compiled a “master post” with some choice press pieces, for your reading pleasure.
Please click below for a list of article and interviews. If you see any I’ve missed that should be on this list (including for actors other than Aaron himself), please don’t hesitate to leave a comment.
Sitting with AOL BUILD, Aaron Tveit and Daniel Sunjata of “Graceland” spoke about the upcoming season – airing tonight on USA Network – and the process of filming television shows in general. At 40 minutes, it’s a lengthy (video) interview, full of interesting tidbits about the creative and technical sides of TV — not unlike something you would hear from “Inside the Actor’s Studio.” You can view tons of photos from the event in the gallery, and check out the video interview below:
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Aaron Tveit and “Graceland” co-star Daniel Sunjata detailed that the third season of their USA Network series will return to what attracted fans in the first season: the relationship between the core group living at Graceland.
They detail what to expect in the third season – which premieres tonight on USA – including Charlie’s pregnancy storyline and even the overall tone. Check out an excerpt below before heading to the source for the full interview.
There is the big question about [Aaron’s] character. Does that make production any different? Have they gone to any extra lengths to keep that under wraps?
Aaron Tveit: They found a very creative way to tell the story and so I don’t really want to give too much away as far as that. There’s care to be had to not let certain things get out.
Is it hard having this huge elephant in the room when you’ve been promoting the show?
Daniel Sunjata: It’s difficult because you don’t want to get fired for accidentally giving a spoiler, but it also allows us to live in the realm of ambiguity when we talk about the show.
Tveit: I think we’re doing what we can; and you also have to accept that what you can’t control, you can’t control. The thing about this year too is we’re hopefully going back to more of what the show was in it’s first season, which is about the relationships between these people in the house instead of everything getting so spread out away from that. I think that, without people knowing what necessarily is coming next, they can know that hopefully the thing that they were able to relate to and got them hooked in the first place is what we’ll be going back to.
SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
Aaron Tveit and Daniel Sunjata appeared on “The TODAY Show” this morning, in preparation for tonight’s season three premiere of “Graceland” on USA Network. They talk about the S2 cliffhanger (including Daniel jogging through the hospital with a broken foot) and, because “Graceland” has recently been added to Netflix’s catalogue, binge-watching television shows (Aaron mentioned he’ll be catching up on “Mad Men” and “House of Cards” soon). To view the video, please click on the image above.
Earlier today (June 24th), Aaron Tveit and his “Graceland” co-star Daniel Sunjata attended NBC’s Summer Press Day in New York. Several photos from the event have been added to the gallery — and hopefully there will soon be some interviews from today to share as well. The NBCU press day was just in time for the new season of “Graceland,” which starts tomorrow (June 25th) on USA Network.
Recently, Aaron Tveit spoke to Mike Simone at Men’s Fitness about “Graceland” and – unsurprisingly, considering the publication’s purpose – his fitness regime, including some opinions on the increasingly popular craze, CrossFit. He also details how he initially got into golf, which was introduced to him by his father. And for the men who are fans of Tveit, he doles out some advice on growing out facial hair and proper maintenance.
You can check out the video interview by clicking on the image above. The quote provided below – from the interview – is the best “game-changing advice” Aaron has received in life:
I think [from] my dad, when I got I job where I was about to leave school and start working; and it happened very fast. He told me not to be afraid to succeed. I think that mean, ‘Don’t back away from the opportunities you’re getting or are going to get.'”