Back in mid-April, Hamilton‘s creator Lin-Manuel Miranda teased about an upcoming #Ham4Ham with Aaron Tveit (aptly dubbed #Tveit4Ham). Featuring special guests, #Ham4Ham is a pre-show “experience” for fans who entered the Hamilton lottery to win day-of tickets to the otherwise sold-out show. Since its conception, it has become a hot event, not unlike the musical Hamilton itself!
Although initially thought to happen “in the lusty month of May,” schedules never quite matched up — until today. Finally, the wait for Tveit was over.
Because Lin-Manuel will soon be leaving Hamilton, the first order of business was to introduce his #Ham4Ham successor: Rory O’Malley of Book Of Mormon fame. Rory revisited his number from the hit Broadway musical, “Turn It Off,” about repressing certain tendencies. It wasn’t long after that Aaron Tveit emerged from the doors, surprising fans with a rendition of “I’m Alive” from Next To Normal – yet another Broadway success story – and practically seducing Rory’s sexually confused Elder McKinley in the process. Fans went wild, proving it was all well worth the wait.
Aaron was actually snuck into the Richard Rodgers Theatre via tunnel from the Imperial Theatre, where Les Misérables is currently playing. The trio of Lin-Manuel, Rory, and Aaron even stopped by the barricade to take a quick picture. (Hey, at least he didn’t have to travel through a sewer like Valjean.)
As part of a special event hosted by Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Aaron Tveit will join Gavin DeGraw and Andy Grammer for a one-night gig on August 28th. All three singers hail from Sullivan and Orange County, where Bethel Woods is located, and they will help celebrate the Center’s 10th anniversary. The event is to place in Bethel, NY – famously known as the home of Woodstock 1969 – and starts at 7pm. Following the performance, DeGraw and Grammer will embark on a national tour together; Aaron’s special appearance is slated for this single show.
For those interested in attending, reserved seating tickets will range in price from $53.00 to 64.50; open lawn admission is set at $33. Tickets for the general public go on sale May 21st at 10am, which you can purchase at Ticketmaster.
At Signature Theater, Aaron Tveit attended the off-Broadway opening night for Daphne’s Dive on Sunday, May 15th. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Quiara Alegria Hudes, the new play stars Samira Wiley (“Orange Is the New Black”) and explores the relationship between her character and the barroom patrons she grew up with. Thomas Kail – who directed “Grease: Live” – is at the helm of this production as well. If you’re interested in attending, you can purchase tickets (starting at $25) at Signature Theater’s website; the play’s run has been extended to June 12th.
After Aaron Tveit posted about a special rehearsal on Friday, fans were buzzing about a Next To Normal reunion that was to take place on May 2nd. As part of Second Stage’s 37th Anniversary Gala, N2N producer David Stone (who also handles Wicked) was to be honored. “[David] made Next To Normal possible with his belief in this show,” Aaron stated on Instagram.
Alongside Alice Ripley and J. Robert (“Bobby”) Spencer, Aaron joined the stage to revisit the powerful Next To Normal number, “You Don’t Know/I Am The One.” (Sadly, no video of this performance from the event has surfaced.) Original cast members Jennifer Damiano and Adam Chanler-Berat were also in attendance, happily joining for a N2N family reunion — minus Louis Hobson, who was notably missed by his co-stars.
Following a sold-out run in Washington D.C., the new musical Dear Evan Hansen had its off-Broadway opening at Second Stage theater on Sunday, May 1st. A day before his scheduled stint at the venue, Aaron Tveit appeared at the opening to lend his support. “What an incredibly beautiful, emotional show,” he stated on Instagram. “The cast is beyond stellar top to bottom.”
Directed by Next To Normal‘s Michael Greif with a score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the production has been heralded by critics as being “entertainingly smart and radiating charm, wit, and humor.” It seems to be loved by audiences, too: the New York run is also sold out! However, Second Stage notes that a limited number of General Admission tickets – as well as tickets reserved for youths (at $30) – are available at the box office an hour before curtain. If you’re in the area, it might be worth stopping by to catch the original musical “for the outsider in us all.”
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.
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